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“Milan, not Italy, but Ohio...a neat town”

Milan Historical Museum
Ranked #2 of 4 things to do in Milan
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Owner description: Nine separate buildings make up this museum complex.
Sylva, North Carolina
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“Milan, not Italy, but Ohio...a neat town”
Reviewed October 23, 2011

We happened on Milan, Ohio enroute to Cedar Point amusement park. Other than the small village feel, the Thomas Edison hometown recognition prompted a closer look. We discovered a wonderful little shop/museum with lots of Edison and Edison-era memorabilia. The town, like many in Ohio, has charm that is unique. Also, I have found that so much of Ohio prides itself on being attractive with litter being almost non-existent. At least that's what I've discovered in the central and southern parts of the state.

Visited June 2011
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“Gorgeous glass and 19th century doll collections”
Reviewed September 3, 2011

This museum was recommended to me by the ladies at the Carousel Museum in nearby Sandusky, Ohio. It is located just down the street from Thomas Edison's Birthplace. In fact, one of the houses belonged to the doctor present at Edison's birth. He happened to be a collector of glass, and left his collection as the foundation of a museum's collection.
The museum is actually a group of historic houses. There were two furnished houses that I didn’t have time/energy to see. I instead focused on the local history exhibit, glass exhibit, and doll and toy exhibit.
I don't know much about glass, so I asked the guide which was his favorite piece. He showed me a shelf of clear, pale green pressed glass. It didn't look like much--you'd pass it by at a garage sale. He said it was called Vaseline glass, and they stopped producing in in the 1930s because it made people sick. Why? Because it's made with uranium. It's highly collectible, meaning there are a lot of fake pieces. To tell if it's real, you put it under a black light. He flipped a switch on a black light, and under it the glass glowed green like kryptonite. Very cool. There were a lot of other beautiful, unique pieces, along with a pressed glass mold to show how it's made. It really is well worth a stop for the glass alone--apparently it's one of the top ten glass exhibits in the country.
Next door is the toy museum, the bulk of which is devoted to one woman's antique doll collection. Most of the pieces were from the 1800s, sorted by material type on the heads (porcelain, paper mache, wax, etc.). They had a few German "educational" dolls made of fabric printed with math problems or name of herbs. If you're a doll collector, you'll love it.
There is a small gift shop, and a recreation of a general store on the property as well.

Visited August 2011
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