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Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

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Address: 1337 Hayes Ave, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, OH 43420-2701
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+1 419-332-2081
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is dedicated to...

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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This is must see....tour the Presidential home and Museum about President Rutherford B. Hayes

The grounds are charming with many trees and a beautiful layout. You will learn of details once your tour the Presidential home of the people who lived in that home. You can... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Sandra A
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Medina,Ohio USA
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Medina,Ohio USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The grounds are charming with many trees and a beautiful layout. You will learn of details once your tour the Presidential home of the people who lived in that home. You can actually step back in time and envision them living there. You will see the master suite where the President's wife passed on. They had a very loving relationship... More 

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Lindsey, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One of Fremont's best sites to visit. Spiegel Grove was Hayes' home before and after his Presidential term. The home has been redecorated to impeccable period furniture, wallpaper,home decorations. You are immersed in the 1870's. The grounds are covered with many mature trees, numerous trees have specific histories as noted on placards near/on the trees. Great place to visit on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The staff at the Rutherford B. Hayes Center put on an excellent detailed guide of the President's home while providing great details about the home, his life, and his family. The library has a lot of documentary and positions of the former President. This is a must visit especially if you have children and you're trying to teach them about... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are near Fremont, Ohio, do not miss the opportunity to visit the Hayes Presidential Home & Museum. Whether you are a couple, with friends, have older or younger children, you will find this to be a very worthwhile and educational experience. Plan on spending at least an hour in the home and take the tour if you can.... More 

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Port Clinton
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

With the current remodeling of this place, it was very exciting to see all the new exhibits. The family loved looking into the past life of a President. The Hayes home and grave site was very interesting also. The paths around the yard are easy to navigate.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

The museum has been newly renovated. The grounds are a lovely place to walk. The museum docents are knowledgeable.

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Erie, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

If you find yourself in Fremont, Ohio, and enjoy history, you don't want to miss this! I rode along to Fremont with my husband who was attending another function in town. I looked on the internet for something to do and found this. I thought, what the heck, at least it's something to do. Well, what I found was pure... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

This is the nations 1st presidential center. Beautiful 25 acre estate, museum, and mansion. Plan on spending a several hours seeing the home and new exhibits celebrating 100 years. Special events are planned year round including many concerts and a civil war encampment in the fall.

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Tiffin, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

A very interesting history sits here in Fremont, Ohio. Rutherford Hayes and his family were talented, caring and popular people. The house was built in the 1800's and is absolutely stunning. Museum has so much information. Can't take photos in the house, but the museum and grounds you can

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Monterey, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

Very cool place. There are two tours you can do and we picked to do both the house and the museum. Set aside a few hours because you'll want to take your time looking in the museum. The house tour is about 45 minutes itself. Beautiful house and a lovely job on the renovation. Interesting to learn the history. Our... More 

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