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Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

1337 Hayes Ave, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, OH 43420-2701
+1 419-332-2081
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A must-do experience

This was my first time to visit the Hayes Presidential Library and Museums. I was more than... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Amusementparkguy
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Pataskala, Ohio
Great Visit with Great History!

The house is absolutely amazing! The amount of history inside the house and the way it was... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
D W
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Botkins, Ohio
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The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is dedicated to 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes and First Lady Lucy Hayes. The site houses their 25-acre wooded estate, known as Spiegel Grove; their 31-room Victorian mansion; the presidential library; a museum that was completely renovated in 2016; the tomb; and a mile of paved walking trails. There are fees to tour the museum and the home. Use of the presidential library, which has a massive genealogy and local history collections, is free. The first floor and and part of the second floor were restored in 2012 to look as it did when Rutherford and Lucy lived there. Nearly all of the furniture, paintings and artifacts in the home belonged to and were used by the couple and their family. The museum was renovated in early 2016 and includes interactive exhibits that tell the story of Rutherford and Lucy, the issues they faced and what they thought about those issues. Sit at a replica of the Resolute Desk - the original was given to President Hayes and still sits in the Oval Office of the White House - try on a Civil War soldier's haversack and more. The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is America's first presidential library and the forerunner for the federal presidential library system. The facility is celebrating its centennial in 2016. The site is open seven days a week most of the year. From January through March, it is closed on Mondays. It is also closed on Christmas, New Year's, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Easter and Thanksgiving. Hours on federal holidays are noon to 5 p.m.
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1337 Hayes Ave, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, OH 43420-2701
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Reviewed yesterday

This was my first time to visit the Hayes Presidential Library and Museums. I was more than impressed. There are many things to see. The guides through the house are very knowledgeable. The house itself is stunning. The museum has many artifacts about President Hayes...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The house is absolutely amazing! The amount of history inside the house and the way it was explained made it worthwhile to make the trip! The house is almost fully restored to its original state when President Hayes was alive! The tour guides are amazing...More

Thank D W
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We used to walk there almost every day when the kids were small. Beautiful grounds and over a mile of trail/asphalt to walk. Tree's and green space, squirrels and historical sites on the grounds. The home is open to tours for a small fee and...More

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Reviewed 27 December 2017

very interesting tour. Fremont is kind of in the middle of no-where but the house & museum/library are worth the drive. located on a beautiful piece of land is the family house that grew but you cannot tell of any additions. it's a very large,...More

Thank PattyMayG
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Reviewed 22 December 2017

We loved the Hayes Home. The tour was very interesting and glad to see so many original furnishings. Highly recommend visiting even if you don't know anything about this President. The Library was also informative but for us the star was the house.

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Reviewed 21 November 2017

Beautiful grounds on President Hayes estate, very nice museum, we learned a lot about the family. We enjoyed it so much we went back the next day.

Thank secretrosebud
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Reviewed 6 November 2017

I wanted to research a cousin from Fremont who was a historical personality during the Civil War and after. I had called ahead and found out that there was a file for my cousin already. The staff there were gracious and accommodating. They have wifi,...More

Thank Craig G
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Reviewed 22 October 2017

We are doing the Ohio History Trail. This was a great find. Check out the gates that used to be at The White House. Take a moment to see the seedling on the grounds in front of the house - The seedling is protected behind...More

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Reviewed 20 October 2017

First floor of RBH home restored to look like it did when Hayes and wife lived there. Gorgeous wood work and interesting fireplaces. Tour included second floor which looks as it did right before Hayes family turned it over to the state. Museum also interesting,...More

Thank Janet A
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Reviewed 10 October 2017

We totally enjoyed the tour of the RBH home. Our docent was informative and fun. The house was beautiful and we enjoyed hearing the history of the home and a bit of the story of this President and his family. The museum holds many interesting...More

Thank Splanky
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Response from J S F | Reviewed this property |
We traveled by car, so I didn't notice any area specific to RVs. They do bus school groups in. I just checked their website.under "Visitor Tips and Accessibility" which clearly states that bus and RV parking is available... More
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Response from AggieJoe79 | Reviewed this property |
One correction to an earlier post - the museum and home are now open for tours (there was renovation going on the first part of the summer), admission to either is $7.50 each or $13.00 for both. You can walk the grounds and... More
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