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S.S. Willis B. Boyer Museum Ship
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.
Now celebrating its hundredth year, the Boyer serves as a floating testament to Toledo’s rich maritime heritage. Retired in 1980 and opened as a museum in 1987, visitors will be awed by the massive engine room, posh officer's dining room, stainless steel galley and the captain's quarters. The Boyer opens for the season May 1 and remains open until October 31.
Located in the “Old Number 18 Fire House,” 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Society also owns and maintains an 1840s log house; Matti Heckman, who taught third grade to many in the area, lived in the house. In 1983, society members dismantled, relocated and rebuilt the Heckman log house, adding an elaborate flagstone fireplace and porch, and furnishing it with artifacts from its era.
Among the items on display is a collection of Native American artifacts believed to go back thousands of years, pictures of early Woodville, a complete collection of school yearbooks and copies of the local newspapers from 1927 through 1978.
Museum visitors can learn about the 1900s oil boom, Indians in the Woodville area, lime plants, early schools, the Lake Shore Electric rail system that once traveled between Toledo and Cleveland and more.
Open March through December, Wednesdays and Fridays 2 – 4 p.m. Additional hours: June through August, Wednesdays 6 – 8 p.m. and by appointment.
The dramatic and colorful military displays include weapons, uniforms, pictures, memorabilia, military accessories, tents and first aid from the Civil War to present. The museum is also working on a collection of books that details information about Ohio veterans.
Open 5:30 – 8 p.m. Mondays and 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Memorial Day, July 4 and Veteran’s Day. Group tours by appointment.
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. The exhibit galleries house nearly 1,800 artifacts on permanent display, including exhibits devoted to President Hayes’s military service, his political roles an details of his personal life.
A number of special events and exhibits are presented, including “Croquet: A Sport Story” (through Aug. 1); “CIVIL WAR: Battlefield and Homefront” (April 12 – Jan. 19, 2012); Verandah Concerts/Ice Cream Socials, an Independence Day concert; Civil War Re-Enactment (Oct. 1-2); the Hayes Train Special (Nov. 27 – Jan 8, 2012) and Sleigh Rides in Spiegel Grove (Dec. 27-31), among others.
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; these highlights are open by appointment from spring through fall.
The center also offers a variety of special programs and events throughout the year, including a series of Victorian teas, Civil War Encampment (April 16-17), Wood County Heritage Days (June 11-12), Halloween Folklore & Funfest (Oct. 15), and Old Home Holiday Tours (Dec. 3-18).
Open Tuesday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. From April 2 to Oct. 30, also open Saturday and Sunday 1-4 p.m. Closed Mondays and holidays, and in November and January. Special extended holiday hours are available from Dec. 2-18.
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 Drums at the Rapids (May 20-21); First Siege 1813 (May 28-29); Memorial Day Commemoration (May 30); Muster on the Maumee (June 18-19); Independence Day 1813 (July 2-4); Life in Early Ohio (Aug. 20-21); Ordinary History, Extraordinary Women (Sept. 23-25); Garrison Ghost Walk (Oct. 21-22 & 28-29); The World at War: Miniature War Gaming Day (Nov. 5); and Holiday Open House (Dec. 11).
Fort open April – October: Wednesday – Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 12 – 5p.m. Museum open year-round.
Call or visit the website for information about the special excursion trains, including Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Hobo Days, and the Haunted Halloween Trains.
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.
Open June to August, Monday-Saturday 1-5 p.m. and Saturdays when the Lighthouse is open to visitors. Check online for additional hours.
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The Sandusky County Historical Society purchased the property in 1981, enabling the organization to house their various artifacts under one roof. Open April through December; call for hours or to schedule an appointment.
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.
Spring and fall hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 12 - 5 p.m. Summer hours are Monday - Saturday. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday noon -5 p..m.
Open April, May, September and October, Tuesday–Sunday 1–5 p.m.; June–August, Tuesday–Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday 1–5 p.m.; March and November, Wednesday–Sunday 1–4 p.m.; February and December, Saturday and Sunday 1-4 p.m. and groups by appointment on weekdays. Closed Mondays, January and major holidays.
June through August, Tuesday–Saturday 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Sunday 12–4 p.m.; September–October, Sunday noon - 4 p.m.
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