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Fremont - The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center

1337 Hayes Avenue, Spiegel Grove
419-332-2081

History:
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.



Reviews

Neelesh Gupta

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018
I loved visiting here with my friends! I was doing a school presentation on Rutherford b Hayes, and I decided to come here to get more information. The home tour I especially recommend. Those tour guides sure do know a lot about President Hayes. The museum is my next favorite, tied with the tomb. There are SO many exhibits on president Hayes, it took 2 hours to photograph much of them. I don't have anything to say about the library, because we didn't spend too much time there. I place I definitely recommend visiting in Ohio.

Kayla Eickert

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Monday, April 2, 2018
We love going for walks at Speigel Grove. While the museum and library are well-curated and maintained, the draw for us again and again are the beautiful grounds. The grass, trees, flowerbeds, and walking paths are meticulously kept. I like that there isn't just one giant circle, but also several paths that cut across. If my daughter starts getting too fussy, it's never too far until we're back to the car. This is certainly one of the best places in town, both for locals and visitors.

Linda Smith

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Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018
I have been here several times over the years and always find something that I hadn't noticed before. The tour of the house is very nice with many original furnishings. The Presidential Library and Museum are great and you can check ancestory records while you are there also. During the year there are numerous events of all differnt kind but one of my favorites has always been the Sleigh Rides in the winter. To see what will be available when you will be there just check on their website.

Jacklyn Davis

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Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018
A great place to visit and learn about president Hayes and his family. Also a great research facility for Genealogists. They offer many great classes for anyone interested in genealogy and have a helpful staff.

Tricia Dabrunz

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Saturday, March 10, 2018
This is a lovely place to walk. The museum is newly renovated and the home has been restored to what it would have been like when President Hayes lived there.

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