Historical Sites To Participate In Ohio Open Doors

Historical Sites To Participate In Ohio Open Doors

  • 8/8/2018 4:34:02 PM
  • Jesse Smith
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ASHLAND/GALION, OH - Ohio History Connection, in conjunction with several local historical buildings and landmarks, will take part in "Ohio Open Doors" from Friday, September 7th through Sunday, September 16th. Seven sites in and around Ashland County will be open, and three sites in the City of Galion in Crawford County will be open. All Ohio Open Doors events are free. Most are special one-day-only opportunities.

A list of Ashland County locations participating can be found below.

  • Loudonville's Historic Ohio Theatre - Friday, Sep. 7th from 1 PM to 4 PM. Enjoy a tour of the historic 1909 Loudonville Town Hall & Opera House, now known as the Ohio Theatre and Mayor's Court in City Hall. Located at 156 N Water St, Loudonville, OH 44842.
  • Pleasant Hill Dam - The dam will be open for tours Saturday, Sep. 8th from 10 AM to 2 PM. This behind-the-scenes tour includes the intake tower for the Pleasant Hill Dam in Perrysville. The earthen dam is 113 feet tall and was finished in 1936.
  • Dal-E-Nal Classics & Museum - On Saturday, September 8th, the Museum will be open from 10 AM to 2 PM to take you on a trip down memory lane. Here, you will see fun memorabilia from the '40s and '50s, such as fully-restored Farmall & John Deere Tractors, an R-190 International Truck, advertising signs, lighted gas pumps, a vintage Pepsi soda machine, refrigerator, milker pump, pedal tractors, toy tractors, beer signs and much more. Located at
  • Loudonville's Workman's Cabin - On Saturday, September 15th from 11 AM to 3 PM, you will be able to participate in a tour of early Ohio life. This tour will be of the historic Workman Cabin, located in Loudonville’s Central Park.
  • Anderson Schoolhouse - On Saturday, September 15th from 2 PM to 4 PM, visitors can take a tour of Ashland's Anderson Schoolhouse. The property is privately owned by Anderson Schoolhouse, LLC and operated by Dr. Carla Abreu-Ellis and Dr. J.B. Ellis. The main goal of the Anderson Schoolhouse program is to provide an appreciation of living history to the surrounding community. Located at
  • The Vermillion Institute - Hayesville's Vermillion Institute will be hosting an open house on Sunday, September 16th from 1 PM to 4 PM. There will be a reception and tours of all five levels, from the chapel to the tower. Located at
  • The Hayesville Opera House - Open Sunday, September 16th from 1 PM to 4 PM. This historic landmark remains as one of the few examples of an American theater built in 1886. Located at

Aside from the Ashland locations listed above, three Galion organizations will also be taking part in Ohio Open Doors this September. On Saturday, Sept. 15th, doors will be open at the following Galion sites:

  • Brownella Carriage House Museum – From 12 PM to 4 PM, the Galion Historical Society will open the Galion History Museum & Gift Shop located in the carriage house of Brownella Cottage. This local history museum features exhibits of Bishop Brown's personal belongs, Galion military artifacts and uniforms, and artifacts and memorabilia from prominent Galion businesses and organizations like the Red Cross, Galion Iron Works, and the North Electric Company. Please note Brownella Cottage will NOT be open during the event. Located at 132 South Union Street, Galion OH 44833.
  • Galion Big Four Depot - From 12 PM to 4 PM, visitors can learn about Galion’s railroad heritage! Galion Depot, Inc. will offer guided building tours of the Depot, which has not been open to the public in nearly 15 years. There will also be information about the upcoming rehabilitation for the building. Located at 127 North Washington Street, Galion OH 44833.
  • Historic Gill House - From 1 PM to 4 PM, Preserving Galion will host tours of the landmark house designed by noted architect Louis Kamper, which was visited by Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. Preserving Galion will also be offering a free, abbreviated version of its new “Secrets & Scandals” Galion History Walk in Uptowne Galion. Located at 342 Harding Way W Galion, OH 44833.

Admission is free. Visitors who tour all three Galion sites on Sept. 15 will be entered into a special drawing.

A jazz and art festival is being planned in Uptown Galion in coordination with this event. Look for more information soon.


The Ohio History Connection created Ohio Open Doors in 2016 to promote and inspire pride in Ohio’s heritage and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. Signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Oct. 15, 1966, the Act has proven instrumental in transforming the face of communities from coast to coast, establishing the legal framework and incentives to preserve historic buildings, landscapes and archaeological sites. The Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office administers the National Historic Preservation Act in Ohio. Many of the landmarks featured in Ohio Open Doors events are in the National Register of Historic Places, which the National Historic Preservation Act created.

For more information about Ohio Open Doors, visit www.ohiohistory.org.


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