Seek & find squirrel doors throughout Spiegel Grove arboretum

Press Staff Writer

        The sassy squirrels that run throughout Spiegel Grove are likely the most well-known animals at the 25-acre arboretum and estate of 19th President Rutherford and First Lady Lucy Hayes.
        Visitors often delight in feeding peanuts to the squirrels and watching them frolic around the grounds and trees. To highlight the grounds and visitors’ love for the squirrels, the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums decided to install squirrel doors on various trees around the property this summer.
        Ten creatively decorated squirrel-sized doors are located throughout the grounds for visitors to find. A map and guide to these doors, including some information about the squirrels that live at each one, is available at the museum front desk and online at
        The doors are on display for visitors to find through Sunday, July 31. Participation is free.
        Doors were made by Birchard Public Library, Fremont Community Theatre, Sandusky County Visitors Bureau, The Summer Kitchen, Our Lady of the Pines and the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.
        “Hunting for and finding the squirrel doors can be fun for kids and adults, and if you’re not careful you, might even learn something about our trees,” said John Havens, Hayes Presidential building and grounds superintendent, who came up with the squirrel doors project idea.
        The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont.
        For information, call 419-332-2081, visit, like Hayes Presidential on Facebook at @rbhayespres and follow on Twitter and Instagram at @rbhayespres.


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