“Sharing Our History”
Local historical societies offer free tours
Bring the family and explore the treasures of our wonderful Wayne County on the following Saturdays. The historical societies listed under each date will be open that day for no charge from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., unless noted otherwise.
September 15, 2012
1. Winesburg Historical Society, 2119 Main St., Winesburg – During the Fall Gathering, enjoy an 1896 Victorian Home, vintage bicycles, food, music, activities, antique shopping, log cabin, and schoolhouse. Most buildings open at 8:30 a.m.
September 22, 2012
2. Orrville Railroad Heritage Society, 145 Depot St., Orrville – Local railroad history comes alive in this museum. As a fund raising event, ORHS will offer tours of a first class lounge coach at their rail spur, from 12 noon to 2 p.m., by donation.
3. Orrville Historical Museum, 142 Depot St., Orrville – Located in the historic Manhattan Restaurant, the museum will feature their current display on furnishings, along with treasures related to Orrville’s past.
4. Smith-Orr Homestead, 365 W. Market St., Orrville – Volunteers will offer tours of two floors of the beautifully-restored and decorated 1844 estate of the late Judge Smith Orr, a pioneer who helped to bring the railroad to Orrville.
September 29, 2012
5. Smithville Community Historical Society, 176 E. Main St. & 381 E. Main St., Smithville –Pioneer Village buildings will be open, as well as Mishler Mill & Gift Shop. Weavers will demonstrate their craft making rugs, dishtowels and table runners.
6. Wayne County Historical Society, 546 E. Bowman St., Wooster – Tours of the campus will include a visit to see the new construction, including an underground tunnel connecting the buildings with a handicap entrance. Also visit us on facebook.
7. West Salem Historical Society, 99 E. Buckeye St., Room #1, West Salem – Displays feature Interurban Railway which ran through town, James Britton family and early photos of the village. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the collection offered!
October 6, 2012
8. Apple Creek Historical Society, Church St., Apple Creek – See the progress on the interior of our Community Learning Center. Most interior walls are up. Slide show with the people who’ve helped in the construction will be shown. Food will be available.
9. Dalton Community Historical Society, 115 E. Main St., Dalton – The 1821 Old Eagle Hotel & Tavern, which was the first wayside inn on the trail between Massillon and Wooster, and two museums full of memorabilia, will be open for visitors.
10. Kidron Community Historical Society, 13153 Emerson Rd., Kidron – The Kidron-Sonnenberg Heritage Center documents the history of Swiss Mennonite Anabaptist settlers in the area. Many items from “Sonnenberg’s Attic” are on special display.
11. Moreland Historical Society, 8594 James Rd., Wooster – Moreland will celebrate its second annual “Heritage Day” at this local farm featuring the four-engine car built by Paul Wirt Sr., race cars from Wirt Racing, Blaine Aber and others, historical photo displays of Moreland and Franklin Township, antique cars and farm machinery, a presentation by local historian, Paul Locher, on early American tools, chicken and pork BBQ (full menu) serving at 11 a.m. by donation, music: The No Name Band at 1 p.m. and John Schmid at 4 p.m., apple butter making, butter churning, buggy rides, hay rides, and a silent auction.
October 13, 2012
12. County Line Historical Society of Wayne/Holmes Cos., 281 N. Market St., Shreve – This renovated “Tin Shop” has a research library and museum full of constantly changing exhibits, including a Wooster dairy bottle collection, and jail cell.
13. Ken Miller Supply Oil, Gas, Car, Truck & Ag Museum, 7920 Shreve Rd., Shreve – Visitors will view a vast collection of items from the oil and gas industry and the agriculture that surrounds us. Historic cars and trucks will bring back memories.
14. Mt. Eaton/Paint Twp. Historical Society, 15966 E. Main St., Mt. Eaton – See their newest location, with extensive displays featuring school, church, businesses and local residents, including Frank Foster’s locally-made 1800s pottery.
October 20, 2012
15. Chippewa-Rogues’ Hollow Historical Society, 7500 Galehouse Rd., Doylestown – This 29-acre, scenic nature preserve features the recreated Chidester Woolen Mill, showcasing life in the Hollow, and the coal mines which operated 1840-1945.
16. Creston Historical Society, Creston Public Library, Erie & Main St., Creston – The library showcases collections from the Creston, Sterling and Burbank areas, with photos, military records, and scrapbooks dating from 1890. Open until 2 p.m.
17. Marshallville Historical Society, 4 E. Church St., Marshallville – The festive “Buckets & Beans Car Show” begins at noon, featuring over 200 antique cars, popular bean soup with fried baloney sandwiches, a blacksmith shop and 1830 log cabin.
18. Rittman Historical Society, Gish Rd. & Decourcey Rd., Rittman – The 1856 Jacob Gish pioneer residence, a beautifully-restored Greek revival farmhouse is featured, adjacent to the Pioneer Cemetery. View the many local artifacts on display.
Tour compliments of the
Wayne County Historical Inter-Liaison Committee