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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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Beautiful grounds

Stopped here on our way to our family reunion. The grounds are beautiful. Wish we had more time... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
joanninct
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Manchester, Connecticut
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A hidden Ohio treasure

The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museum is a hidden gem in northern Ohio. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
homanjim
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Kenton, 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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+1 419-332-2081
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Stopped here on our way to our family reunion. The grounds are beautiful. Wish we had more time to explore. It was worth the side trip.

Thank joanninct
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museum is a hidden gem in northern Ohio. The museum is state-of-the-art, with some interactive exhibits available, and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The home is in great shape, and the grounds of Spiegel Grove are immaculately...More

Thank homanjim
Reviewed 1 week ago

President Library was worth the stop. Knew it was there for years, and finally decided to take a look. There is a museum with a considerable amount of artifacts, and along with the family home. Would really be good to stop at the time of...More

Thank paulmwalsh2015
Reviewed 1 week ago

The home is beautiful on the outside. Make sure you check out some of the large trees. The tomb area could have uses a little cleaning up. We did not tour the home on this trip but still worth seeing from the outside. The gates...More

Thank CJTom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fremont isn't exactly on the beaten path and Hayes isn't one of our best known President's, but we were very happy we made the trip. Home is spectacular and fully restored- the Hayes family lived in the home til 1965 and apparently saved everything. The...More

Thank Lizalu61
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a wonderful surprise this beautiful historic site is! The Hayes home is chock full of original items and furniture and the wonderful guided your will share with your the Hayes' live, both at home, in the White House, and during the Civil War. There...More

Thank trmdwelk
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was fortunate enough due to timing to get my own private house tour. This house is beautifully preserved, which is remarkable since several generations of the Hayes family occupied its wall after the president's death. The architecture of the house is stunning and my...More

Thank empress1205
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is well worth going out of your way to visit. First, they have a very good website to help you plan your visit. The Hayes Library was the first to be established. It was established by his son (with assistance from the state of...More

Thank midwestDee
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed all the displays in the museum. Sat on the floor for a half half reading books about Ohio history. Very helpful librarian.

Thank Sightsee_Eat
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We all learned in Ohio history that 8 presidents are from Ohio, and we love to visit the historic sites. Was only 1 other couple on our tour of their house on a cold day in April, so we really didnt look at the 25...More

Thank Sightsee_Eat
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ReneeCarlson
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
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ReneeCarlson
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.
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