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Oberlin Heritage Center

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Address: 73 1/2 S. Professor Street, Oberlin, OH 44074
Phone Number: 440-774-1700
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Description: The Oberlin Heritage Center is an award-winning small museum and...
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.
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Great place to learn the history of Oberlin.

A concentrated history lesson on the origins and historical importance of the town and college. Well worth the visit.

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 3, 2014
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

A concentrated history lesson on the origins and historical importance of the town and college. Well worth the visit.

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Hilliard, Ohio
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

This is truly a wonderful historic tour of the early beginnings of a small town. It is a completely different perspective on the Underground Railroad and women's acceptance in an academic world. Early settlers had such a great vision for the future. We had a wonderful guide who is very knowledgeable about the beginnings of Oberlin and the surrounding area.... More 

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Amherst, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We enjoyed our walking tour through some of Oberlin's old historic homes! Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable (and patient with some of the weirder members of our tour group); picture-taking was allowed, which isn't always the case with some of these tours; and we learned a lot about our new town. I'd recommend it for anyone who enjoys history,... More 

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Liz S, Guest Relations Manager at Oberlin Heritage Center, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review of your tour and visit to Oberlin! I wanted to follow up with you about your final comment. I have heard different explanations for why the Hall marker was moved out of the center of Tappan Square, ranging from bawdy to functional. If you have a moment, I would love to hear your... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Oberlin, OH is home to one of the world's great colleges and conservatories, and is also filled with local and national history. The first coeducational college, and the first to admit students regardless of race, Oberlin played a key role in the abolitionist movement prior to the Civil War, serving as a strategic stop on the Underground Railroad that spirited... More 

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Liz S, Guest Relations Manager at Oberlin Heritage Center, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review! We are delighted you enjoyed the "Freedom's Friends History Walk" of Oberlin and hearing about the community's role in the abolition movement. More 

Tucson, Arizona
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16 helpful votes 16 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 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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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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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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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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