Smith Park is in Middletown adjacent to the Great Miami River on the old Smith farm. George Crout "it was purchased as city park from William and A. D, Smith Dec. 3, 1940, totaling 158.36 acres. Then June 2, 1954, 2.46 acres were purchased from the Middletown Hydraulic Co. It was included in a 1941 annexation to the city." Crout said "William Smith had been a brickmaker, and the farm had been the site of a large brick manufacturing operation covered with several kilns. Millions of bricks were shipped from this point on the Miami-Erie Canal. After brickmaking ended, it became a gravel yard." The park includes a replica of a locktender's house, which is operated as a canal museum by the Middletown Historical Society."