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THE WAYNE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY Contact Information – 546 E. Bowman St., (330) 264-8856, (for group tours call (330) 264-8856 or email, Office Hours – Tuesday and Friday, 1:30-4:30 p.m.; Tours March-October (Friday and Saturday), 1:30-4:30 p.m. or by appointment. Admission – $5/adults; children under 12, free. Officers – Elaine Peterson, President; Robert Everett, Vice-President; Roxanne Gerber, Treasurer; Sandi Keim, Secretary; David Broehl, Past President. Staff – Part-time office manager/information coordinator; 50 plus volunteers serve as tour guides; assist with buildings and grounds up keep and special events. The society is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to assist the society in all areas.

THE CAMPUS OF THE WAYNE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY FEATURES SEVEN STRUCTURES: The General Reasin Beall Homestead – War of 1812 veteran, General Reasin Beall, began construction on his home in 1816 and finished in the early 1820s. It is the oldest surviving grand-style home in Wayne County. The first floor of the Beall home has been structurally renovated, refurbished, and furnished in the era of the 1850’s-1860’s. In addition, an 1820-1830 kitchen was reconstructed in the basement. The second floor is currently being refurbished and furnished in the 1820-1830’s era. The Kister Building – The first floor contains the offices, conference room and research library. It also contains the Special Exhibit Room featuring rotating exhibits and will contain a new Welcome Center area, to be completed in 2015. The Carriage Barn – Originally located at the north end of Wooster, the 1880’s carriage barn was reconstructed in 2012. It contains several horse drawn vehicles, Gerstenslager buggies, children’s carriages and several transportationrelated items of interest. The General Mercantile Store & The Ladies Dress Shop – This mid-19th century Fredricksburg building was reconstructed on this site in 1995. It includes a turn-of-thecentury general store and a ladies dress shop with vintage fashions and early textiles. The 1873 Schoolhouse – Once serving students at the southern edge of Wooster, this one-room schoolhouse was dismantled and reconstructed on the campus in 1964-66. It reflects the atmosphere of a late 1800s learning center, complete with McGuffey Readers, dunce cap and stool, and pot-belly stove. Relief Company No. 4 Firehouse – Completed in 2005, Relief Company No. 4 is an authentic reproduction of an

1888 firehouse from Wayne County. The lower level reflects the furnishings of a 1900s firehouse and contains fire equipment from the 1830s-1920s including a hand pumper, steam pumper and hand-drawn ladder wagon. The upper level houses additional exhibits related to the history of firefighting and fire and rescue squads in the county. Log Cabin – The 1830’s Log Cabin, given to the society in the mid 1900’s was dismantled and reconstructed adjacent to the 1873 Schoolhouse. It contains a display depicting the difficult and exacting lifestyle in early Wayne County. County Home One-room Schoolhouse and Smokehouse – Recently moved from the Wayne County Home, this building was used as a one room schoolhouse from 1852 through the 1870’s for orphans and dependent children until the County Children’s Home was built. Then is was used as a smoke house and for related agricultural uses. Permanent Exhibit Area – Currently, the permanent exhibits in the basement include Farming in Wayne County, Birds and Animals from the St. Louis World’s Fair, Prehistoric Relics, Tools, and Arrowheads. In 2012, all of the basements of the Kister Building, Firehouse, General Store and the 1873 Schoolhouse were connected with a tunnel between the Kister Building and the Firehouse. This will make this space totally handicapped accessible including two accessible entrances. When completed, it will triple the size of the potential permanent exhibit area and will ultimately contain all of the 56 categories of exhibits of the Society. Fire Retardant and Temperature Controlled Storage Vaults – Three of the most extensive and valuable collections are stored in locked vaults in the basement. They house textiles, military items and documents.


Wooster Today: The 2016 Community Guide  

A guide to services and life in Wooster, Ohio, published by Spectrum Publications, a division of The Daily Record.

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