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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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
49 N. Sixth St., Waterville
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
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
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
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
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
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
22611 SR 2, Archbold
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
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
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