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Oberlin Heritage Center

73 1/2 S. Professor Street, Oberlin, OH 44074
440-774-1700
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Ranked #3 of 13 Attractions in Oberlin
Type: Tours, History Museums
Owner description: The Oberlin Heritage Center is an award-winning small museum and historical society in Oberlin, OH. Visitors can tour the Monroe House (1866), Little... more » Owner description: The Oberlin Heritage Center is an award-winning small museum and historical society in Oberlin, OH. Visitors can tour the Monroe House (1866), Little Red Schoolhouse (1836), and Jewett House (1884) while hearing stories about Oberlin College, the first co-educational college in the nation, Oberlin's historic efforts to end slavery, and the local discovery that ignited the aluminum industry. Stories are told within historically-furnished buildings and visitors of all ages can write on slate boards, ring the bell, and try walking on stilts at the hands-on Little Red Schoolhouse. Visitors can also hear stories about abolition and the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, and Oberlin's unique history while touring the town on one of several history walks. Visitors wishing to tour the Oberlin Heritage Center must be accompanied by a guide, so please be sure to check our online calendar for tour times. The Oberlin Heritage Center is open year round and our offices are open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Researchers and family historians may also wish to set up an appointment to visit the Resource Center, where we have city records, oral histories, genealogical information, and more. « less
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Tucson, Arizona
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42 reviews 42 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The Oberlin Heritage Center was a great find. I stumbled upon this center while looking for B&B hotels in Oberlin. My cousin and I went to Oberlin to learn more about our family, and the staff at the Heritage Center were very helpful. We met with them and traded information and photos. The tour of the three historic buildings was... More

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Bellevue, Kentucky
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The Heritage Center provides guided tours of three home that tell the story of the founding of Oberlin and its pivotal role in US history.

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Portland
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58 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The Heritage Center is staffed by volunteers who are brimming with enthusiasm about their town of Oberlin. My wife spent four years there as a student and, after the excellent Underground Railroad tour conducted by Ron (Gardiner, I think), was astounded at what she didn't know! The Monroe House, where the Heritage Center is headquartered, is a nicely restored building... More

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Oberlin, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Full disclosure: I am a resident of Oberlin, but did not go on a tour at the OHS until this year. The staff and volunteers are dedicated to preserving and sharing Oberlin's history in a way that makes it very relevant to the present day. Oberlinians were active in the anti-slavery and temperance movements, operated safe houses during the time... More

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London
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

After four years of visiting our son at the college, we finally took the guided walk about The Underground Railroad A wonderful guide. We learned so much about the town and the history we had been surrounded by on all our visits. Very worthwhile.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

The buildings themselves are interesting although not so special if you've been to lots of historic buildings. What makes OHS special are the stories that are prompted by the buildings and their occupants. This is a nice way to learn something of Oberlin's history.

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Oberlin, Ohio, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

The setting for OHC is one of Oberlin's oldest homes and one of the rooms has recently been redone in the period style, so the dedication to authenticity is evident right from the start. We were a little pressed for time but our knowledgeable docent managed to present Oberlin's history succinctly and interestingly. The Little Red Schoolhouse is adorable, and... More

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Houston, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

Thumbs up for a well-planned and effective sharing of art and history!

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