The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
The Hayes Presidential Center, Inc. operates and manages the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center. A non-profit entity, it receives the majority of its funding through the Rutherford B. Hayes-Lucy Webb Hayes Foundation. The State of Ohio also provides an annual appropriation administered through the Ohio Historical Society.
Webb C. Hayes, the second son of Rutherford and Lucy Hayes, endowed the Foundation in 1922. It was Webb who, shortly after the 1893 death of his famous father, started an effort to build a lasting memorial to the 19th President. He deeded the President's estate (Spiegel Grove) to the State of Ohio and the President's personal papers and possessions to the Ohio Historical Society contingent on the construction of a "fireproof building" on the grounds of the estate. Webb's dream came to fruition in 1916 with the opening of what was then called the Hayes Memorial.
However, Webb considered the two-story Ohio sandstone structure of inadequate size to house his father's collections. He personally funded an addition to structure in 1922, doubling its size. It was at this time that Webb endowed the foundation to fund operation of the facility.
The Hayes Museum/Library underwent a second expansion in 1968. Two wings, built onto the east and west ends of the structure, added 378,498 square feet of space. The project supported expansion of the facility's educational outreach through increased exhibit and library space, and construction of an auditorium.
In 1981, the facility's name was changed to the Hayes Presidential Center to more accurately represent its mission and programming. The Hayes Presidential Center includes the home, library, museum, tomb, and 25-acre park-like estate (called Spiegel Grove) of 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes. Entrance to the property is through the original gates from the White House.
Great place to go for the historic value. We traveled from RBH's birthplace to see the museum. Beautiful house and property. Worth the visit.
Great place to walk and take in nature. Haven't been to the museum's or anything yet but I would assume they are good
Was hoping to go on the sleigh ride with my daughter and her kids... Weather didn't permit... Too cold for the horses. 🙁
Nice place. They've definitely worked hard on it and invested in making it better. My only qualm is the "home tour." Incredibly bland. No photography allowed (I suspect that is because there isn't anything really of interest to see). Bland facts recited and very few opportunities for questions. When asked, the tour guides usually "don't know." Perhaps President Hayes was and incredibly boring person, perhaps there isn't much more to work with - other than he grew up wealthy and privileged and succeeded because of this. I'd like to think not, but haven't seen evidence to the contrary in the five (5) times I've visited.
Beautiful layout and preservation of Rutherford B Hayes estate. Complete with tours, as well as paved nature trails open to the public from dawn to dusk.