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Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

1337 Hayes Ave, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, OH 43420-2701
+1 419-332-2081
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Great Small Town attraction

Fremont is very proud of their Presidential grounds. Over the years the grounds has not been... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Shelly L
Fremont, Ohio
Wonderful Presidential property.

This was a great tour. The home is beautiful, the tour guide was very knowledgeable and the museum... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Austin, Texas
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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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1337 Hayes Ave, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, OH 43420-2701
+1 419-332-2081
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fremont is very proud of their Presidential grounds. Over the years the grounds has not been maintained as pristine as in the past, but it is still a gorgeous place to walk and explore

Thank Shelly L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a great tour. The home is beautiful, the tour guide was very knowledgeable and the museum was great as well. The home was very well done and the memorial was nice. The museum was very informative , really a don't miss spot for...More

Thank cbell11austin
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The home of President Hayes and his family is now 99% completely restored back to the original colors, patterns, and furnishings. Being a Victorian house, the decorations are quite overwhelming but tastefully done, not at all what we are use to. President Hayes saved everything...More

Thank VATeacher75
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Drove to Fremont Ohio specifically to visit the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museum and was so happy I did. I started my visit in the Hayes house and completely lucked out by getting a private tour with Ann. Ann was wonderful, knowledgable, interesting,...More

Thank Janly
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I do a lot of historical research, and this is one of the nicest locations and one of the most accommodating libraries in the U.S. In terms of efficiency and atmosphere it beats the Huntington, which is a beautiful facility but requires a trek to...More

Thank William M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We didn't know what to expect but the grounds are partially old growth trees and the house and museum are well worth the visit. The house of President Hays has been restored with mostly original furnishings or in a few cases exact replicas based on...More

Thank Doug B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Rather than merely travel through Ohio, we’ve learned to tap the Ohio History Connection website (fantastic resource) to look for interesting places that break up road time. This one is a relaxing gem. They display a blue star at the desk. Retired military, identify yourselves...More

Thank J S F
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

Stopped here on our way to our family reunion. The grounds are beautiful. Wish we had more time to explore. It was worth the side trip.

Thank joanninct
Reviewed 8 August 2017

The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museum is a hidden gem in northern Ohio. The museum is state-of-the-art, with some interactive exhibits available, and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The home is in great shape, and the grounds of Spiegel Grove are immaculately...More

Thank homanjim
Reviewed 6 August 2017

President Library was worth the stop. Knew it was there for years, and finally decided to take a look. There is a museum with a considerable amount of artifacts, and along with the family home. Would really be good to stop at the time of...More

Thank paulmwalsh2015
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24 September 2016|
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Response from AggieJoe79 | Reviewed this property |
One correction to an earlier post - the museum and home are now open for tours (there was renovation going on the first part of the summer), admission to either is $7.50 each or $13.00 for both. You can walk the grounds and... More
24 September 2016|
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Response from raystrop | Reviewed this property |
It appears that someone else already answered the question. Sorry for the delay.