LOCAL HISTORICAL SOCIETIES OFFER FREE TOURS
Bring the family and explore the treasures of our wonderful Wayne County starting on Saturday, September 20th and occurring everyone Saturday until October 25th .
The historical societies listed under each date will be open that day with no admittance fee.
Sat., September 20, 2014
Winesburg Historical Society, 2119 Main St., Winesburg – The Fall Gathering is a special treat. Vintage bicycles, music, antiques, BBQ chicken, homemade bean soup, 1896 Victorian Home, activities and more. At 2 p.m., the auction begins. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sun., September 21, 2014
Chippewa-Rogues’ Hollow Historical Society, 17500 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. 1-4 p.m.
Rittman Historical Society, Gish Rd., Rittman – Tour the 1856 Jacob Gish pioneer residence, a beautifully-restored Greek revival farmhouse, adjacent to the Pioneer Cemetery. A new military display is featured. 1-4 p.m.
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. 1-4 p.m.
Sat., September 27, 2014
Wayne County Historical Society, 546 E. Bowman St., Wooster – Tours of the campus will include the beautifully-restored Beall-Stibbs Homestead, newly-constructed timber-frame Carriage Barn, a firehouse, general store & schoolhouse. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sat., October 4, 2014
Apple Creek Historical Society, Church St., Apple Creek – The Apple Creek Pioneer Fest is a family event blending local history, artisans, demonstrations, delicious foods, games, entertainment, and speakers, plus live and silent auctions. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Dalton Community Historical Society, 115 E. Main St., Dalton – The 1821 Old Eagle Hotel & Tavern and two museums full of Dalton memorabilia, will be open for visitors. 1-4 p.m.
Kidron Community Historical Society, 13153 Emerson Rd., Kidron – Kidron-Sonnenberg Heritage Center documents the history of Swiss Mennonite Anabaptist settlers. View the current exhibit, Sonnenberg-The Early Years, 1819-1899. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Mt. Eaton/Paint Twp. Historical Society, 15966 E. Main St., Mt. Eaton – Extensive displays featuring school, church, businesses and local residents, including Frank Foster’s locally-made 1800s pottery. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
West Salem Historical Society, 99 E. Buckeye St., Room #1, West Salem – Visit the Community Schholhouse with displays featuring the Interurban Railway, the James Britton family and early photos of the village. 12-4 p.m.
Sat., October 11, 2014
County Line Historical Society of Wayne/Holmes Cos., 281 N. Market St., Shreve – This “Tin Shop” museum is full of local history, including military displays, collector dishes, muzzle loaders, and a jail cell. Wheelchair accessible. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ken Miller Supply Oil, Gas, Car, Truck & Ag Museum, 7920 Shreve Rd., Shreve – View a vast collection of fascinating items from the oil and gas industry and the agriculture that surrounds us. Allow two hours. Wheelchair accessible. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Moreland Historical Society, 8594 James Rd., Wooster – Moreland Heritage Day at this local farm includes food, live music, buggy & hay rides, and historical displays. This year highlights World War II military service. 10 a.m-6 p.m.
Sat., October 18, 2014
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. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Marshallville Historical Society, 4 E. Church St., Marshallville – The festive Buckets & Beans Car Show, featuring 200+ antique cars, popular bean soup with fried baloney sandwiches, a blacksmith shop and 1830 log cabin. 12-4 p.m.
Sat., October 25, 2014
Orrville Railroad Heritage Society, 145 Depot St., Orrville – The Jumpin’ Pumpkin Jamboree features railroad memorabilia and train rides every hour, on the hour (donation $2 adult, $1 child), & track car rides when train is not running. 12-4 p.m.
Orrville Historical Museum, 142 Depot St., Orrville – In honor of Orrville’s 2014 Sesquicentennial, items from Orrville’s Centennial celebration are displayed. Come and browse through carefully displayed treasures related to Orrville’s past. There is a possibility the beautifully-restored Smith-Orr Homestead, at 365 W. Market St., will be open for tours. 12-4 p.m.
Tour compliments of the Wayne County Historical Inter-Liaison Committee, 330-201-1935, www.waynehistoricalohio.org