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OV_AmericanHouse_02-resize.jpg American House Hotel
By the 1860s, hotels were becoming less like the primitive boarding houses and taverns of the early 19th century. Many luxury hotels were being built in the large cities, and middle class and commercial hotels were found in middle size towns across Ohio. Most of the middle-class hotels, which were known for their thriftiness & respectability, would welcome travelers, including families. The usual rate for a hotel was between $1 to $2 per night, with some hotels including the price of meals in the daily rate.

Ohio Village Bank Bank
With the start of the Civil War in 1861, the U.S. Government needed to change the banking systems. The War was very expensive and the Government in the North needed to find ways to finance it, like war bonds and foreign loans. The government stopped payments in gold or silver coins for paper currency. In 1862 the Government passed the Legal Tender Act, which created national currency, nicknamed “greenbacks” because of their color. However, this law did not stop banks and states from printing their own currency.

OV_BoardingHouse_01-resize.jpg Boarding House
During this time period there are a number of boarding and lodging houses in small and large villages and cities. Many people live in lodging houses until they could afford to buy land and build their own homes. Lodging houses also provide lodging for those who cannot afford to stay in fine hotels. Residents of lodging houses include school teachers, immigrants, single men who do manual labor, and single widowed women.

OV_DoctorsHouse_05-resize.jpg Doctors House
The Greek Revival of the Doctor's home represents the upper end of the social and economic scale in Ohio Village. Although by 1860 the doctor would probably have moved his office away from the home into a separate building. The furnishings in the home are stylish, and although the home is not new there are some aspects of it that are most up-to-date. The furniture in the home reflects the affluence of the family.

OV_DressmakerShop_08-resize.jpg Dressmakers Shop
With the start of the American Industrial revolution in the 1850s, more and more women left home and went to find work. Occupations such as dress or shirt makers, millinery, and teaching were considered especially good for women, as these were some of the few jobs that were seen as “suitable” for them. Many women owned dressmaker’s shops, and as the Civil War took more and more men out of towns and cities, more and more women saw opportunities to open their own businesses.

OV_Farmhouse_08-resize.jpg Farm House
The house was originally built as a log cabin on a small farm. An addition was built and siding added and the village grew around the house. The front door garden is full of flowers, not herbs. Herbs are grown in the large vegetable garden in the side yard. The back room addition houses the trundle bed for mother and father and any little ones while the older children or guests sleep upstairs. The new cook stove is a welcome addition to the house.

OV_FemaleSeminary_05-resize.jpg Female Seminary
Female Seminaries were private educational institutions which offered a more serious curriculum for girls than finishing schools and academies. They were available to those whose families could afford such a luxury. Offering post-elementary instruction, the seminaries offered many of the same classes available to boys at that time and held the same high standards. In addition to classes in fine arts such as needlework, drawing, painting, music and other polite accomplishments, there was instruction in rules of deportment and propriety, religion and morality, penmanship, elocution and recitation.

OV_FreightOffice_03-resize.jpg Freight Office
In the 1860s railroads and canals were some of the methods used in the transporting of goods, materials, resources, and people. In order to meet the demand of moving these things, freight offices were built in cities, towns, and villages to facilitate the distribution of the goods and resources that were being transported from one place to another. Freight offices were responsible for receiving freight from lager transportation methods (such as the railways and canals), housing it until picked up by the consumer, routing the movement of shipments from inside a city/town/village going out, and assisting people in arranging travel methods.

OV_GeneralStore_01-resize.jpg General Store
The General Store would sell items that the local residents needed, such as hardware, pottery, dishes, fabric, sewing notions, some store made clothes, tin ware, and food items such as flour, sugar, spices, molasses, canned food, whiskey, etc. Transportation, first the canals and then the railroads, permitted stores such as this one to offer goods from all over the world. Imports from Europe and the Orient would have been sold. Our store also serves as the Village post office.

OV_NaturalHistory_01-resize.jpg Natural History Building
Natural history museums were born out of “cabinets of curiosity,” eclectic collections of rare and exotic plant, animal, geologic, and archaeological objects. These collections were typically private and viewable only for the wealthy friends and acquaintances of the owner. In the mid to late 19th century, some groups began opening collections to the public as museums. These natural history museums focused on both discovery of the natural world and the scientific categorization of plant and animal specimens.

OV_Pharmacy_02-resize.jpg Pharmacy
The Pharmacy, also known as a Drug Store or Apothecary, is where one could go to obtain medications of the day, ranging from those compounded by the pharmacist to ready-made patent medicines. Sundry items, such as shaving utensils, cosmetics, tobacco products, perfumes, plate glass, wallpaper, dyes, paints, and candy were also sold in the pharmacy. General stores also sold these items including patent medicines so there was some competition between the two.