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Rutherford B. Hayes Library

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Address: Fremont, OH
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Located in the Hayes mansion, this library is now a research cener for...

Located in the Hayes mansion, this library is now a research cener for Gilded Age American history.

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The Rutherford B Hayes Library (and museum) is one of the two indoor attractions which along with the Hayes tomb and the beautiful grounds of Spiegel Grove comprise the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2016
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

The Rutherford B Hayes Library (and museum) is one of the two indoor attractions which along with the Hayes tomb and the beautiful grounds of Spiegel Grove comprise the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential site. Somehow Tripadvisor has divided one attraction into four separate listings, which is good if you are looking to rack up some points to move up a... More 

Thank Paul S
Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

RB Hayes Library is a great place to do genealogy research. They have computers and tables to spread your stuff out on. Lots of staff members on hand to talk to you and help you as well. I will be back many times in the future!

1 Thank Dave1289
Tiffin, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

We visited the Hayes home that was recently restored. That project took approx. 4 years with historical accuracy based on diaries and pictures. Although a little sarcastic at times, our guide was extremely knowledgable. It was an interesting tour and the grounds are beautiful to walk! We also paid extra to view the "red" First Lady display. We were a... More 

Thank Nadine F
Johnson City, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

We do all of our travels by car. We take our time and see America. The RBH Library is one of those gems that you would surely miss if you are in a hurry to get somewhere. We look for presidential sites whenever we stop and were not disappointed with this one. We did get chased away from the house... More 

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Fremont, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

Wonderful staff to help w/genealogy research for free! Due to cutbacks they are not open on Mondays. Occasionally there are beginning genealogy classes (for a minimal fee) to help one start learn about how to do searches. Donations are accepted.

1 Thank SharOnMader_13
Fremont, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

I live in Fremont, and when ever we have visitors we always take them out to see the Presidential Center. If you are near in October they have a wonderful reenactment with a battle and also a shopping area like it was in Civil War time. They also have many people in period costume camping out. When I was a... More 

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013 via mobile

We are on a dead presidents kick & did not know much about President Hayes. We took the house & library tour $13 per adult. The house is awesome! Excellent guided tour of beautifully preserved gothic mansion- much of the family's items are there. The library is the first presidential library in the country and has a small but interesting... More 

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Clyde, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

Hayes is over all a great place to vist always.I know on Presdent Hayes many visits around the world,he would bring back Beautiful trees.You can se the differnt ones ,as you walk through the grounds.Very anazeing & very prettty area.His faithful horses burid there also.Old whittey & Ned.Alot of things to see ! in all that Hayes as in their... More 

1 Thank TeriD D
Kelleys Island, OH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

Our out of towners certainly enjoyed the history and the beauty of the Library and surroundings of this nearby historical landmark. It was a refreshing change of pace from the boating and beaches on the Lake, but it was fun to get back to the Lake after the touring of the excellent Library.

1 Thank watersedg123
Perrysburg, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

For any history buff, this is a wonderful research library. Lots of primary documents, old newspapers and periodicals, and ephemeral material. Mostly related to Fremont, the Hayes Family, and the Civil War and Reconstruction era.

1 Thank Scott M

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