Oberlin Heritage Center
Oberlin Heritage Center
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Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
The Oberlin Heritage Center is an award-winning small museum and historical society that preserves and shares unique, nationally significant stories about Oberlin College and the City of Oberlin. Our museum is comprised of the Monroe House (1866), Little Red Schoolhouse (1836), and Jewett House (1884). Indoor guided and self-guided tours are offered year-round. Guests of all ages can visit the hands-on Little Red Schoolhouse to write on slate boards, ring the bell, and try walking on stilts. Visitors can also attend history walks about Oberlin’s involvement with coeducation, abolition and the Underground Railroad, the local architecture, and more. Please check our online calendar for guided tour times. The Oberlin Heritage Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Researchers and family historians may also set up an appointment to visit the Resource Center, where we have city records, oral histories, genealogical information, and more.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Raeanne W
Columbus, OH3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Such history and totally accessible. Our host was most informative and answered all of our questions. Our tour included one other family and that allowed for an interesting conversation about the city and the local history.
Written May 31, 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Friends
An excellent narrative and walk, on Oberlin's history, not only on the underground railroad but the history of the college as well and the part they played in equality and the civil war.
Written August 4, 2019
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Written March 26, 2020
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GrannyRockStar
Indianapolis, IN32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
Oberlin has a fascinating history in the runup to the Civil War. The abolitionist town aided escaped slaves on their way to Canada. Our tour guide shared the stories and personalities of those involved, inspiring us to want to learn more.
Written July 16, 2019
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Ed W
Oberlin, OH20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017
Of course I may be prejudice being on the board but, There was never a better by which I mean smart, friendly, informative group of people who are the employees, docents, and volunteers. They are dedicated to give everyone who drops by the best of experiences.
Written June 2, 2017
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nancyolah
Fort Mill, South Carolina640 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Solo
I was in Oberlin this past weekend for my 40th cluster reunion, and am glad that I made the time to take the "One Step Closer" tour. As an Oberlin graduate, I thought that I already knew a lot about the history of women at Oberlin - but I discovered that I was wrong! This 75 minute walking tour takes you around Tappan Square and portions of the Oberlin College campus and provides a unique perspective on women's history at Oberlin.

Although it was very rainy during my tour (boy, was I glad I had a poncho and an umbrella), I had a fabulous time. The modest $6 charge was reasonable, and the docent who led our tour was very knowledgable. I was also delighted to meet Jen Graham (Class of 2012), who originally created the tour while she was a student and who happened to be there with a friend.

The Oberlin Heritage Center offers many fascinating tours, and I hope to take others on future visits to the campus.
Written May 25, 2017
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Debra M
Wolfville, Canada54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
Alexandra our guide was excellent and provided a wonderful tour with great stories. She answered all our questions and found things that she knew we could connect to.

We asked some questions about travel to Cleveland and they could not have been more helpful.

The schoolhouse was a highlight.

This is definitely worth a visit.
Written April 8, 2017
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Mary V
Oberlin, Ohio, United States29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017
One of the best historical museums to be found. OHC also offers various docent led walking tours for those who want to know more of Oberlin's history. It also offers various structured activities for children.
Written January 17, 2017
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874World
Lisbon, Portugal97 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Solo
I took a walking tour with someone from the Heritage Center. It was very interesting...Oberlin truly has a past to be proud of as they have regularly pushed the boundaries of societal norms for the good.
Written May 10, 2016
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Cathy R
Elyria, OH113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Family
Whether you have only a couple hours or all day...Oberlin is a really cool town and the Oberlin Heritage Center is a must on your places to stop. I've been here 4 times now and with the different docents you get a different perspective of the history of the two homes and one-room schoolhouse. Don't miss the change to take a tour here.
Written March 20, 2016
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Ed W
Oberlin, OH20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Couples
When you visit, you will tour 19th century houses, a one-room school house and take tours to learn about the 182 years of history through the stories of ordinary and extraordinary people like you and me. The begins with the establishment of Oberlin College in 1833, the first college in the United States open to African-Americans and women. The music conservatory is the oldest continuously operating school of its kind.

Through slavery, civil rights, wars, and the progression to modern times, Oberlin Heritage Center covers the history with interesting stories of both ordinary lives and adventurous ones. My wife and I have enjoyed our visits often and feel our volunteering effort is satisfying and rewarding.
Written September 1, 2015
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