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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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Dropped in for research

I wanted to research a cousin from Fremont who was a historical personality during the Civil War... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Craig G
Maumee, Ohio
Excellent docent on house tour.

We are doing the Ohio History Trail. This was a great find. Check out the gates that used to be... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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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
+1 419-332-2081
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

1  Thank PatCincinnati
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed October 9, 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
Reviewed October 7, 2017

We did not visit the museum, but did tour the house. It is a beautiful Victorian home. It is very well preserved and even most of the portraits, furniture, etc are all original to the house. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. Great tour!

Thank groneveltj
Reviewed September 7, 2017

Fremont is very proud of their Presidential grounds. Over the years the grounds has not been maintained as pristine as in the past, but it is still a gorgeous place to walk and explore

Thank Shelly L
Reviewed September 4, 2017

This was a great tour. The home is beautiful, the tour guide was very knowledgeable and the museum was great as well. The home was very well done and the memorial was nice. The museum was very informative , really a don't miss spot for...More

Thank cbell11austin
Reviewed September 4, 2017

The home of President Hayes and his family is now 99% completely restored back to the original colors, patterns, and furnishings. Being a Victorian house, the decorations are quite overwhelming but tastefully done, not at all what we are use to. President Hayes saved everything...More

Thank VATeacher75
Reviewed August 30, 2017

Drove to Fremont Ohio specifically to visit the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museum and was so happy I did. I started my visit in the Hayes house and completely lucked out by getting a private tour with Ann. Ann was wonderful, knowledgable, interesting,...More

Thank Janly
Reviewed August 28, 2017

I do a lot of historical research, and this is one of the nicest locations and one of the most accommodating libraries in the U.S. In terms of efficiency and atmosphere it beats the Huntington, which is a beautiful facility but requires a trek to...More

Thank William M
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September 27, 2017|
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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
September 24, 2016|
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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
September 24, 2016|
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Response from raystrop | Reviewed this property |
It appears that someone else already answered the question. Sorry for the delay.