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Col. James M. Schoonmaker
Upon her launching in 1911, the ship was proclaimed to be “The World’s Largest Bulk Freighter.” Built at the Great Lakes Engineering Works of Ecorse, Mich. she was unsurpassed in both size and elegance. Maintaining her crown as “Queen of the Lakes” from July 1, 1911 to April 14, 1914, the Schoonmaker established multiple cargo records for iron ore, coal, and rye cargoes.
Renamed Willis B. Boyer in 1969, retired in 1980, and opened as a museum in 1987, the “Boyer,” as she came to be known, served as a floating testament to Toledo’s rich maritime heritage for nearly 25 years. After undergoing a complete restoration in early 2011, the vessel was rechristened to her original namesake and fleet colors at the exact moment of her launching 100 years earlier.
As the future centerpiece of the Great Lakes Historical Society’s National Great Lakes Maritime Museum, the meticulously restored vessel will allow all who visit to witness the proud lifestyle experienced by centuries of Great Lakes sailors.
Open through Sept. 2, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Displays include 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. to 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 once inhabited by Matti Heckman, who taught third grade to many in the area. 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 are 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, and 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.
For hours and group tours, call 419-332-5912 or 419-332-4812.
The facility at Hayes and Buckland avenues in Fremont 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 and details of his personal life.
Through Aug. 14, the center will feature “The Wildlife Art of Bob Hines,” showcasing the work of Ohio native Bob Hines, who has the distinction of being the only National Wildlife Artist for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Hines developed his love of nature growing up along the verdant banks of the Sandusky River in Fremont, Ohio.
Despite almost no formal art training, his innate talent led him to become an internationally recognized wildlife artist and a pioneer of the conservation movement. His work illustrated a weekly newspaper feature, and numerous wildlife guides and books.
Through Sept. 16, “The Gilded Age of Haviland China” will be on exhibit, showcasing some of Haviland's earliest pieces (1850-1890).
From Sept. 11 through Jan. 27, 2013, the center will feature “Tales of Travel from the President’s Attic,” an exhibit chronicling the world travels of President Hayes’ descendants.
A number of special events and exhibits are presented, including Verandah Concerts and Ice Cream socials in the summer months, an annual Independence Day concert (July 4), a Civil War re-enactment (Oct. 6-7), a special Hayes train display (Nov. 25-Jan. 6, 2013) and sleigh rides on the grounds (Dec. 26-31), weather permitting.
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.
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.
The center also offers a variety of special programs and events throughout the year, including a series of Victorian teas, Civil War Encampment, Old Home Holiday Tours (Dec. 8-21) and more.
Open Tuesday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 31. Closed Mondays and holidays, and in November and January. Special extended holiday hours are available from Dec. 8-21.
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 4); Life in Early Ohio (Aug. 25-26); Garrison Ghost Walk (Oct. 19-20 & 26-27); The World at War: Miniature War Gaming Day (Nov. 3); and Holiday Open House (Dec. 9).
The fort is open April through October Wednesday-Saturday 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 12-5 p.m. Museum open year-round.
Visitors can discover what life was like along the Miami and Erie Canal in 1876 aboard The Volunteer, a 60-foot replica of a mule-drawn canal boat. Other highlights include the Isaac Ludwig Mill, The General Store, Scenic Providence Dam and Lock #44, one of the last functioning 19th century limestone locks.
Open through Labor Day, Monday-Friday 1-5 p.m. and Saturdays when the Lighthouse is open to visitors. Check online for additional hours.
The Sandusky County Historical Society purchased the property in 1981, enabling the organization to house their various artifacts under one roof. Open May through November Wednesday through Sunday, 1-4 p.m.; 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.
The Museum’s “Grab the Brass Ring” exhibit provides an intriguing look at carousel animals from 1895 to 2011.
Hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. through Labor Day; Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. in the off-season.
Tours offered February through December. Hours vary.
Open June through August, Tuesday–Saturday 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Sunday 12–4 p.m.; September–October, Sunday noon - 4 p.m.
Open Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free of charge.