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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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The whole family loved it!

The house is just full of items from the 1800’s. We loved the museum too. Beautiful estate- very... read more

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BargainTraveler2432
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Ohio City, Ohio
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A true national treasure

I can't believe this place wasn't packed with American citizens waiting to see one of the best... read more

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South Bend, Indiana
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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
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Reviewed today via mobile

The house is just full of items from the 1800’s. We loved the museum too. Beautiful estate- very well preserved. Highly recommend!

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I can't believe this place wasn't packed with American citizens waiting to see one of the best preserved presidential homes in the United States. Kent took us on an 1 1/2 hour tour that barely scratched the surface of everything there is to explore. He...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An impressive gem off the ohio turnpike that I passed many times without stopping. I was blown away by this magnificent site! I have visited many presidential homes and this rates among the best in terms of interest and beauty. We were fortunate to visit...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Trip advisor contributors nailed it again. Stopped here on a road trip to visit mansions and points of interest. Was not disappointed. The house consists of some 31 rooms, but you only get to see the first and second floors. Our tour guide, Cathey, spent...More

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Reviewed February 22, 2018

This was my first time to visit the Hayes Presidential Library and Museums. I was more than impressed. There are many things to see. The guides through the house are very knowledgeable. The house itself is stunning. The museum has many artifacts about President Hayes...More

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Reviewed February 19, 2018 via mobile

The house is absolutely amazing! The amount of history inside the house and the way it was explained made it worthwhile to make the trip! The house is almost fully restored to its original state when President Hayes was alive! The tour guides are amazing...More

Thank D W
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Reviewed January 22, 2018

We used to walk there almost every day when the kids were small. Beautiful grounds and over a mile of trail/asphalt to walk. Tree's and green space, squirrels and historical sites on the grounds. The home is open to tours for a small fee and...More

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Reviewed December 26, 2017

very interesting tour. Fremont is kind of in the middle of no-where but the house & museum/library are worth the drive. located on a beautiful piece of land is the family house that grew but you cannot tell of any additions. it's a very large,...More

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Reviewed December 21, 2017

We loved the Hayes Home. The tour was very interesting and glad to see so many original furnishings. Highly recommend visiting even if you don't know anything about this President. The Library was also informative but for us the star was the house.

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Reviewed November 20, 2017

Beautiful grounds on President Hayes estate, very nice museum, we learned a lot about the family. We enjoyed it so much we went back the next day.

Thank secretrosebud
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Pat R
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Response from J S F | Reviewed this property |
We traveled by car, so I didn't notice any area specific to RVs. They do bus school groups in. I just checked their website.under "Visitor Tips and Accessibility" which clearly states that bus and RV parking is available... More
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ReneeCarlson
September 24, 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
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