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“Lots of History”

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Fremont
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Owner description: 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.
Middleburg, fl
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154 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Lots of History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2012

I loved the time I spent here. Learning is much easier when the learning comes as an adventure. Being there was like feeling the time change. I want to return here with the grandchildren.

Visited July 2012
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Westwood, New Jersey
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304 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“Nice, a lot to see for an unremarkable president”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2012

This site is very large the house is sprawling and the museum is large. It's a bit overwhelming and we sort of hit our saturation point about halfway through. Everyone who works there seems to love the place and our guide went on a touch long. The house tour is over an hour. It's great to see such passion and the place is interesting, but is Rutherford B. Hayes worth all the trouble? Judge for yourself.

Visited July 2012
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Rossford, Ohio
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Nice day for an off-white wedding”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2012

Beautiful grounds for an outdoor wedding! Restrooms were somewhat of a walk.

Visited June 2012
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Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Side trip to Hayes Presidential Center-Freemont, OHio”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2012

On our way home from the Sauder Inn and Village decided to make a quick stop at the Hayes Center. We didn't have enough time to visit both the museum and house so we chose to take the 45 minute tour of the house that is under-going a renovation. The work that has been done so far is breath-taking. The amount of detail and most of the furnishings belong to the Hayes family and most are from the Presidential era. First floor mostly complete and second floor about 80 percent. There is a small charge and the guided tour gives you great insight into life during that time period along with history of the family and our country. Next time going to allow more time to visit museum and grounds. You are not allowed to take pictures inside the house and I did not get any of the grounds.

Visited June 2012
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Perrysburg, Ohio
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great Presidential Home and Library”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2012

The house and museum are excellent for anyone interested in local history, the Hayes presidency, or the Civil War era. The grounds are lovely to walk through; many people take photographs her on special occasions such as weddings, proms, etc. There are also seasonal activities like vintage baseball games and Civil War reenactments. A must- visit destination for history buffs.

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