Offered every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the Oberlin Heritage Center. This in-depth tour includes three historic Oberlin buildings that serve as background for stories of the community and college in its first century, from the 1833 founding through the turn of the 20th century (1866 Monroe House, 1836 Little Red Schoolhouse, 1884 Jewett House). Learn about Oberlin's beginnings as a perfectionist colony and the community's early commitment to universal education, and enjoy stories of Oberlin's important roles in abolition and the Underground Railroad. Continue in time through the Victorian period and into the Progressive Era of the early 1900s and enjoy stories of college life, scientific discovery, and "new" ways to stay hygienic and healthy.
Due to the nature of these historic buildings there is some stair climbing involved. Two of the three buildings have wheelchair access to the first floors. Free parking is available off of 20 West Vine Street in Oberlin, behind the Oberlin Heritage Center's Monroe House where tours begin. Tours are offered rain or shine.