The Historic Brandville School, built in 1882, has been refurbished and now houses the Oregon-Jerusalem Historical Society. Local history memorabilia, artifacts and a Civil War collection, including the refurbished 19th century oil painting of the 1864 Volunteer Light Artillery Group, are featured.
A replica of a carriage house was constructed at the complex to display the Oregon-Jerusalem Historical Society’s growing display. The first floor houses a replica of a local general store, while the second floor has vignettes of a doctor’s office and a living area displaying sections of a bedroom and a parlor. Farm implements are also on display, in addition to a one-horse sleigh and many tools and devices used by local tradesmen in bygone eras.
Open 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Thursdays (excluding holidays). Call to arrange tours for groups of four or more. No charge; donations accepted.
1133 Grasser St., Oregon
The Town Hall looms over the village of Genoa, its bell tower visible for blocks. Originally built as the Genoa Opera Hall, it was completed Jan. 2, 1883. The building immediately became the hub of activity in the village and council meetings are still held there.
Built in the Gothic revival style, the structure features eight ornamental chimneys, and a hand-carved sandstone mask of Dionysius, the Greek God of theater, which rests over the main entrance. The Town Hall, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, houses the mayor’s office and the village council chambers on the first floor. The second floor is used by Genoa’s Civic Theater.
The Genoa Privy, built to serve as Genoa’s first school, is believed to be the only brick outhouse on the National Register of Historic Places.
Elmore Depot & Matti Heckman Log House
The Elmore Historical Society purchased 1860s Elmore Depot in 1981, along with 2.5 acres of land. The society undertook an extensive renovation, and the building now houses memorabilia from Elmore’s past.
In 1983, society members dismantled, relocated and rebuilt the 1840s Heckman log house, adding an elaborate flagstone fireplace and porch, and furnishing it with artifacts from its era. Matti Heckman, who taught third grade to many in the area, lived in the house.
Rice Street, Elmore
Pemberville’s historic Pember-Furry House and One-Room School takes visitors back in time to the early 1900s. Believed to be the community’s oldest frame residence, the Furry House was built by village founder James Pember, and eventually was home to long-time residents Jacob H. Furry and his daughter, Minnie.
Featuring unique architectural details and authentic period furnishings, the house sits adjacent to the One Room School, where Pemberville’s youth learned “readin’ and writin’” at the turn of the century. Admission is free. The Pember-Furry House and One-Room School are open by appointment from spring through fall.
324 E. Front St., Pemberville
While in town, check out the restored railroad depot (circa 1881), with railroad and Pemberville memorabilia on display. Open May through October by appointment (419-287-4114) and during community events.
Woodville Historical Museum
Woodville Historical Museum, operated by the Woodville Historical Society, features materials and artifacts documenting the rich history of the small village located on the banks of the Portage River about 20 miles east of Toledo.
Among the items on display is a collection of Indian artifacts believed to go back as far as the time of Christ, pictures of early Woodville, a complete collection of school yearbooks and copies of the local newspapers from 1927 through 1978.
Among other topics, museum visitors can learn about the 1900s oil boom, Indians in the Woodville area, lime plants, early schools and the Lake Shore Electric rail system that once traveled between Toledo and Cleveland.
107 E. Main St., Woodville
North Coast Veterans Museum
The North Coast Veterans Museum is a tribute to those who have served in the uniformed service of the United States, especially those who have lost their lives in combat or training.
The dramatic and colorful military displays include weapons, uniforms, pictures, memorabilia, military accessories, tents and first aid from the Civil War to present.
Open 5:30-8 p.m. Mondays and 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. July 4 and Veteran’s Day. Group tours by appointment.
Williams Park, 411 Main St., Gibsonburg
419-332-5912 or 419-332-4812
S.S. Willis B. Boyer Museum Ship
In the shadow of the Toledo skyline, moored alongside the rolling landscape of International Park, a splash of history and romance await aboard the S.S. Willis B. Boyer.
Upon her launching in 1911, the ship, then called the Col. James M. Schoonmaker, was proclaimed “The World’s Largest Bulk Freighter.” She maintained her crown as “Queen of the Lakes” from July 1, 1911 to April 14, 1914, establishing multiple cargo records for iron ore, coal and rye cargoes.
Retired in 1980 and opened as a museum in 1987, the Boyer serves as a floating testament to Toledo’s rich maritime heritage. Visitors will be awed by the massive engine room, posh officer’s dining room, stainless steel galley and the captain’s quarters.
International Park, 26 Main St., Toledo
Toledo Firefighters Museum
Tales of firefighting 150 years ago come alive at the Toledo Firefighters Museum.
The display includes many large pieces of vintage firefighting equipment, including an 1837 Neptune – Toledo’s first fire pumper. Lovingly restored by Toledo firefighters, the hand-pulled, hand-operated Neptune required a 20-man crew and could deliver about 300 gallons of water per minute.
In addition, visitors will see sweat sticks used to sweep lather from horses, fire gongs, antique fire toys, vintage uniforms and more.
918 Sylvania Ave., Toledo
Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
Original White House gates lead the way to the nation’s first presidential center and museum, – a tribute to 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes.
The facility is built on 25 acres of the President’s beloved “Spiegel Grove” estate and includes his 31-room Victorian mansion, museum, library and burial site. On exhibit are original family furnishings, and Civil War and 19th century artifacts.
A number of special events and exhibits are presented each year, including “Croquet: A Sport Story (through Aug. 1) and “Hidden Treasures of the Hayes Museum (Aug. 17-Feb. 27, 2011); Verandah Concerts/Ice Cream Socials, an Independence Day Concert; Civil War Re-Enactment (Oct. 2-3); the Hayes Train Special (Nov. 28-Jan 9, 2011) and Sleigh Rides in Spiegel Grove (Dec. 26-31), among others.
Corner of Hayes and Buckland Avenues, Fremont
800-998-PRES (7737). www.rbhayes.org
Wood County Historical Center & Museum
Several exhibits at the Wood County Historical Center and Museum help tell the story of the county’s history. More than 30 rooms cover historical elements from the native people of Northwest Ohio, the Black Swamp, Oil and Gas Boom, various clothing and decorating styles, and trends in medicine, politics and government.
The center also offers a variety of special programs and events throughout the year, including a series of Victorian teas, Revolutionary War Encampment (Oct. 8-10), Halloween Folklore & Funfest (Oct. 16), and Old Home Holiday Tours (Dec. 4-8).
Open Tuesday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 1-4 p.m. now through Oct. 31. Closed Mondays and holidays, and in November to prepare for the Old Home Holiday Tour.
13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green
Fort Meigs State Memorial Park
Fort Meigs is a War of 1812 battlefield located along SR 65 in Perrysburg.
A reconstructed fort and museum help bring history alive. Fort Meigs is one of fifty-eight sites within the Ohio Historical Society. Under the command of future President William Henry Harrison, Fort Meigs helped defend the Northwest Territory against attacks by the British and the Native Americans during the War of 1812.
A replica of America’s largest walled fort, Fort Meigs offers several re-enactments featuring soldiers in period costumes, such as Independence Day 1813 (July 3-4); Drums Along the Maumee (July 24-25); Frontier Skills Weekend (Aug. 28-29); Garrison Ghost Walk (Oct. 22-23 & 29-30); The World at War: Miniature War Gaming Day (Nov. 6); and Holiday Open House (Dec. 12).
Fort is open April through October. Museum open year-round.
29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg
Bluebird Passenger Train/Toledo Lake Erie & Western Railway & Museum, Inc.
Board the train in Waterville for a 15-mile round trip on the Toledo, Lake Erie & Western Railway. The trip takes 40 minutes and includes a spectacular view from our 900-foot long bridge over the Maumee River and the old Miami and Erie Canal in Grand Rapids, Ohio. Call for times and special excursion information.
49 N. Sixth St., Waterville
Step back in time at The Canal Experience and discover what life was like along the Miami and Erie Canal in 1876.
Learn what canal life was like aboard The Volunteer, a 60-foot boat replica of the time period. A two-mule team pulls the boat while the crew handles the ropes and opens and closes the massive gates of the restored lock. See characters in period attire throughout the park.
Visit Isaac Ludwig Mill, The General Store, Scenic Providence Dam and Lock #44, one of the last functioning 19th century limestone locks. Shelter rental and boat charters are also available.
Providence Metropark, US24 at SR 578, Grand Rapids
The Keeper’s House at Marblehead Lighthouse
Built in 1822, the historic house was home to Benajah and Rachel Wolcott. It was the residence of the first three lighthouse keepers for the oldest lighthouse in continuous operation on the Great Lakes. This house was built by the same stonemason who built the Marblehead Lighthouse.
Now through Aug. 28, Monday-Saturday 1-5 p.m. and Saturdays when the Lighthouse is open to visitors (June 13, July 11 and Aug. 8). Check online for additional hours.
9999 E. Bayshore Rd., Marblehead
Johnson’s Island Confederate Officers Prison Cemetery & Museum
Nine thousand Confederate soldiers were once housed at the prison. More than 200 graves mark the site. Open year-round, daily dawn-dusk.
The museum in downtown Marblehead features a scale model of the prison and many artifacts. Open Memorial Day-Labor Day, weekends and holidays, 1-5 p.m.
Gaydos Road. (off Bayshore Road.), Marblehead
Ottawa County Historical Museum
Enjoy historical displays about Ottawa County including exhibits on Native Americans, early life and industries in Ottawa County, military history from the Civil War through WWII, Camp Perry and the “convict ship” Success and more.
Memorial Day through Labor Day, Tuesday -Thursday noon - 3 pm; Labor Day-Memorial Day, Wednesday noon -3 p.m. or by appointment.
126 W. Third St., Port Clinton
Sandusky County Historical Society Museum
The museum is housed in a Victorian-style home built in 1884 as a wedding present for Carrie June, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David June upon her marriage to Martin Holderman. For many years, the home was known as the Holderman home, and remained in the family until 1942.
The Sandusky County Historical Society purchased the property in 1981, enabling the organization to house their various artifacts under one roof. Call for hours.
14 Birchard Ave., Fremont
“WILD!” kicks off the museum’s 20th anniversary with rare and unusual carousel animals. Located in the former U.S. Post Office, the museum celebrates the history of carousels, the carvers who made the intricate horses and other animals, and enthusiasts who enjoy them. There are only about 200 original wooden carousels remaining in the U.S. today.
The stone museum, which has a half-rotunda at the front and is listed with the National Register of Historic Places, features a restored 1939 Allen Herschell carousel that offers rides to visitors.
Summer hours are Monday.-Saturday. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday noon -5 p.m.
301 Jackson St., Sandusky
Connect with the past at Ohio’s largest living-history village. Enjoy guided tours, period craftsmen, hands-on activities like arts and crafts and several annual events including Old-Fashioned 4th of July (July 3-5), Fiddle Contest & Summer on the Farm (July 10), “Preserving Our Memories” (July 16-17), Explore the Crafts (July 23-24), 27th Annual Doll & Teddy Bear Show & Sale (Aug. 7-8), 14th Annual Rug Hooking Exhibition (Aug. 18-21); Barbershop Sing & Vintage Base Ball (Aug. 28), Celebrate our Artisans (Sept. 14-18), Annual Apple Butter Making (Sept. 22-25), All Aboard Train Event (Oct. 2-3), Fall on the Farm (Oct. 9), 24th Annual Woodcarvers’ Show & Sale (Oct. 30-31), and Holiday Lantern Tours (Dec. 4 and 10). Other amenities include a restaurant, inn, campground, bakery and on-site shopping..
22611 SR 2, Archbold
Edison Birthplace Museum
Visit Thomas Edison’s 1847 birthplace; tour his boyhood home and see displays of some of his accomplishments as the world’s greatest inventor.
Open June-August, Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m.; September and October, Tuesday-Sunday 1-5 p.m.; February, March, November and December, Wednesday-Sunday 1-4 p.m.. Closed January and major holidays.
9 Edison Dr. (off SR 113), Milan
Historic Lyme Village
Explore the past as you tour the 16 buildings in this 19th-century village. Tours include an 1880s Victorian mansion, an 1836 farm home, log homes, barns, a one-room school, a general store and more.
June through August, Tuesday–Saturday 11 a.m-4 p.m., Sunday 12-4 p.m.; September-October, Sun 12- 4 p.m.
5001 SR 4 (south of SR 113), Bellevue