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From a 214-year-old log house in Hamilton to Canton’s imposing McKinley Memorial, you can explore fascinating places that reflect Ohio’s rich heritage—some opening especially for Ohio Open Doors events or offering behind-the-scenes looks that aren't ordinarily available. All Ohio Open Doors events are free, and most are special one-day-only opportunities.

Use the calendar below to view and search for these special events. Select Ohio Open Doors in the Category field and use the Address field to search by name of city.

September 2022

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Open Doors: Huber Machinery Museum
12:00 am - 12:00 am
We are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the opening of Huber Machinery Museum located on the Marion County Fairgrounds. The museum displays artifacts from the early inventions of Industrialist Edward Huber and the equipment manufactured decades after his death. The museum contains over 2000 plus artifacts and invent , ...
Open Doors: Ten Days at the Four Corners Heritage Center
1:00 am - 12:00 am
You’re invited! Visit this 1890s historic gem from September 9th -18th / 1 – 4 p.m. A variety of activities are planned throughout the 10 days of Ohio Open Doors. throughout the 10 days will be planned. This piece of heritage is rich with educational, inspirational and fun artifacts from Henry County. Discover th , ...
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Open Doors: Ten Days at the Four Corners Heritage Center
All Day
You’re invited! Visit this 1890s historic gem from September 9th -18th / 1 – 4 p.m. A variety of activities are planned throughout the 10 days of Ohio Open Doors. throughout the 10 days will be planned. This piece of heritage is rich with educational, inspirational and fun artifacts from Henry County. Discover th , ...
Open Doors: Huber Machinery Museum
12:00 am - 4:00 pm
We are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the opening of Huber Machinery Museum located on the Marion County Fairgrounds. The museum displays artifacts from the early inventions of Industrialist Edward Huber and the equipment manufactured decades after his death. The museum contains over 2000 plus artifacts and invent , ...
Oak Harbor Then and Now
1:00 am - 3:00 pm
Local Historians, Dick Martin and John Liske share pictures of Oak Harbor in the past and present along with stories of areas downtown. , ...
Open Doors: Hayesville Opera House
2:00 am - 4:00 pm
Visit one of Ohio’s older theaters; the Hayesville Opera House, built in 1886, is one of the best examples of a 19th century theater. , ...
Open Doors: Hillcrest Children’s Home Tribute Gallery & Museum
2:00 am - 4:00 pm
A tribute to the last and largest Children’s Home in Scioto County, Ohio. Early Ohio Children’s Home. Light refreshments will be provided. , ...
Open Doors Painesville
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
This event will serve as an opening ceremony for Ohio Open Doors in Painesville. The program of Open Doors will be launched at Lake Erie College in historic College Hall. Participants will receive a program with scheduled Open Door events between Sept 9-18th. Starting with the history of Lake Erie College, aka, Lake Er , ...
Centennial Trail Tour
10:00 am - 10:00 am
Camp Tuscazoar is 102 years old! Celebrate with us and enjoy a walking tour of a collection of 100 historic sites throughout camp. The trail now features new metal signs and posts, thanks to a generous grant from the Tuscarawas County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Visitors are encouraged to hike to many or all of t , ...
Open Doors: Turn of the Century Ice Cream Social
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Celebrate opening our doors with an old-time games and free ice cream! Challenge your friends to croquet or try your luck walking on stilts! We will have games for all ages. , ...
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Open Doors: Ten Days at the Four Corners Heritage Center
All Day
You’re invited! Visit this 1890s historic gem from September 9th -18th / 1 – 4 p.m. A variety of activities are planned throughout the 10 days of Ohio Open Doors. throughout the 10 days will be planned. This piece of heritage is rich with educational, inspirational and fun artifacts from Henry County. Discover th , ...
Open Doors: Marion Women’s Club Home “Welcome Home” Event
2:00 am - 5:00 pm
The “Welcome Home” event is a firsthand opportunity to visit the beautiful and historic Colonial Revival Marion Women’s Club Home and hear the amazing stories of women of the Marion County Federation of Women’s Clubs and their community engagement and impact. You will also gain insights into the , ...
Ohio Open Doors at Mahler Museum
2:00 am - 4:00 pm
Celebrate Grandparents day with us on September 11, 2022, between 2 and 4pm. Let your Grandparents explain their childhood experience as you peruse the various displays and artifacts. Just one block west of the house, many vendors will be displaying their wares during Berea’s Art Fest on Front Street. , ...
Open Doors: ACHS Off Limits Tour
10:00 am - 10:00 am
Guests will embark on a self-guided tour of the Ashland County Historical Society’s hidden spaces. See the original cistern that the Cowan family used to disperse water throughout the house. Explore the basement of the Manor House that served as a summer kitchen for the Cowans. Hear about the tragic death of eigh , ...
Open Doors: Butterfly Tagging and Release at Heritage Farm
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Heritage Farm will be open for tours during both events. On Sept. 11 the farmers market will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the butterfly tagging and release at noon. The Sept. 17 event will run from noon to 5 p.m. at Heritage Farm and will also include tours of the historic building and lots of activities plus what m , ...
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Open Doors: Ten Days at the Four Corners Heritage Center
All Day
You’re invited! Visit this 1890s historic gem from September 9th -18th / 1 – 4 p.m. A variety of activities are planned throughout the 10 days of Ohio Open Doors. throughout the 10 days will be planned. This piece of heritage is rich with educational, inspirational and fun artifacts from Henry County. Discover th , ...
Open Doors: Let’s Talk Oak Harbor History – Memories? Questions? Mysteries?
2:00 am - 4:00 pm
Bring your questions and memories about the local Oak Harbor area. Local Historians Dick Martin and John Liske will try to answer questions about Oak Harbor’s history. , ...
Open Doors: Winemaking in the West Side During the Catawba Craze
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
The Delhi Historical Society will sponsor the program, “Winemaking in the Westside During the Catawba Craze.” Held at the historic Delhi Park Lodge at 5125 Foley Rd. The program will be led by historian and author, Dann Woellert, who has earned the title, “Food Etymologist.” Woellert’s lat , ...
Open Doors: Memorial Hall Open Doors Tour
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Explore a beautifully restored Beaux-Arts gem as historic Memorial Hall opens its doors for free tours on Monday, September 12. Tours take place at 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. bridged by a social hour in the ballrooms, featuring with live music by pianist Dan Karlsberg. Registration is required, and each tour is limited to th , ...
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Open Doors: Ten Days at the Four Corners Heritage Center
All Day
You’re invited! Visit this 1890s historic gem from September 9th -18th / 1 – 4 p.m. A variety of activities are planned throughout the 10 days of Ohio Open Doors. throughout the 10 days will be planned. This piece of heritage is rich with educational, inspirational and fun artifacts from Henry County. Discover th , ...
Open Doors: McGuffey House and Museum Open House
1:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Legacy of William Holmes McGuffey, the history of Miami University and the Federal vernacular architecture of the 1833 National Historic Landmark house. Guided tours available. , ...
Open Doors: The Marion Palace Theatre Behind the Curtain Tour
2:00 am - 4:00 pm
Please join us for a behind the scenes tour of the Marion Palace Theatre from the front marquee to the green room below the stage. , ...
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Open Doors: Ten Days at the Four Corners Heritage Center
All Day
You’re invited! Visit this 1890s historic gem from September 9th -18th / 1 – 4 p.m. A variety of activities are planned throughout the 10 days of Ohio Open Doors. throughout the 10 days will be planned. This piece of heritage is rich with educational, inspirational and fun artifacts from Henry County. Discover th , ...
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Open Doors: Ten Days at the Four Corners Heritage Center
All Day
You’re invited! Visit this 1890s historic gem from September 9th -18th / 1 – 4 p.m. A variety of activities are planned throughout the 10 days of Ohio Open Doors. throughout the 10 days will be planned. This piece of heritage is rich with educational, inspirational and fun artifacts from Henry County. Discover th , ...
Open Doors: Vinton County Historical and Genealogical Society Open House
12:00 am - 12:00 am
Visit and tour our post-Civil War house museum furnished with early to mid 1900s furnishings and the annex with an agricultural tools collection. Enjoy refreshments with our volunteers, browse our family histories collection, and share your own family histories, photos, mementoes or memories to add to the historical re , ...
Open Doors: Marblehead Historical Walking Tour
1:00 am - 2:30 pm
Are you interested in learning more about the beginnings of Marblehead?  Come join us for a walking tour full of interesting facts and stories about this small coastal town.  This tour is approximately 1.5 miles and takes about ninety minutes.  The terrain covered includes sidewalks and paved streets.  Meet on the back , ...
Open Doors: Behind the Scenes Look at Small Town Ohio History
10:00 am - 10:00 am
Ever wonder how a local history museum is run? Take a behind the scenes look at the Mantua Historical Society collections and see how objects are safely stored and identified. Visitors can enjoy a walk through the Mantua Center Historic District while listening to live music and touring the museum, Eastlawn Cemet , ...
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Open Doors: Ten Days at the Four Corners Heritage Center
All Day
You’re invited! Visit this 1890s historic gem from September 9th -18th / 1 – 4 p.m. A variety of activities are planned throughout the 10 days of Ohio Open Doors. throughout the 10 days will be planned. This piece of heritage is rich with educational, inspirational and fun artifacts from Henry County. Discover th , ...
Open Doors: Vinton County Historical and Genealogical Society Open House
12:00 am - 3:00 pm
Visit and tour our post-Civil War house museum furnished with early to mid 1900s furnishings and the annex with an agricultural tools collection. Enjoy refreshments with our volunteers, browse our family histories collection, and share your own family histories, photos, mementoes or memories to add to the historical re , ...
Open Doors: Historic Barns of Ohio
4:00 am - 7:30 pm
Robert Kroeger, author of Historic Barns of Ohio, will offer a live painting, storytelling event, and book signing. Visitors can tour Kilpi Hall, a registered historic building established in 1899 as a Finnish Temperance Hall. In 1976, the building was purchased by a group of people who started the Conneaut Arts Center , ...
Open Doors: Historic Tour of Swanton!
10:00 am - 10:00 am
We’re participating in the statewide Ohio Open Doors event on 9/16/2022 with the Ohio History Connection! Local sponsors are opening their historic buildings and landmarks to the public for special tours and programs. Join us in honoring the history, design and stories of our historic place! Learn more about Ohio Open , ...
Open Doors to the Carnegie
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Visit the historic library in downtown Bryan for a complete tour and history of this unique building. Visitors will hear the history of the library, learn about the architecture of the original Carnegie library and the three additions to the building. Visitors will tour the inner workings of WCPL, and be told the story , ...
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Open Doors: Ten Days at the Four Corners Heritage Center
All Day
You’re invited! Visit this 1890s historic gem from September 9th -18th / 1 – 4 p.m. A variety of activities are planned throughout the 10 days of Ohio Open Doors. throughout the 10 days will be planned. This piece of heritage is rich with educational, inspirational and fun artifacts from Henry County. Discover th , ...
Open Doors: Stained Glass Windows and Religious Artifacts
12:00 am - 12:00 am
Our church is unique in that it is a combination of three United Churches of Christ with German heritage backgrounds dating back to the 1800’s. However, today’s Church, founded in 1993, has expanded and is striving to become a multicultural church reaching out to all as we become “community engaged , ...
Open Doors: Western Columbiana County Historical Society Museum Open House
1:00 am - 4:00 pm
Come visit our museum for a special open house! The museum is located across the street from Middle Sandy Evangelical Presbyterian Church and has artifacts and documents from the townships in the western part of Columbiana County (Knox, West, Butler, Hanover). Our special event will have live music, light refreshments , ...
Open Doors: Bethel Historical Society & Museum Celebrates 50 years
1:00 am - 4:00 pm
Come join us for your free tour of the Bethel Historical Museum from 1-4PM. No reservations are needed. Visit the many displays, galleries, newspapers and photos of our historic past. See the local industries and show your children how our early settlers used their tools of their trade! Learn how our ancestors made use , ...
Open Doors: Johnny Appleseed Day
9:00 am - 9:00 am
Enjoy apple butter making in the copper kettle on the lawn of this 1893 one -room Genoa schoolhouse. , ...
Open Doors: Hicksville’s Attic
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Items pertaining to early times in Hicksville will be on display; different themes and related memorabilia will be featured. , ...
Open Doors: Clemons Cemetery Tour
11:00 am - 12:00 am
This tour takes place on the grounds of Clemons Cemetery and will educate each participant about Clemons Cemetery, its interred, and cemetery restoration and preservation. By joining us on this tour, you will learn a great deal about the history of Marblehead. You will also gain an understanding of the restoration proj , ...
Open Doors: Butterfly Tagging and Release at Heritage Farm
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Heritage Farm will be open for tours during both events. On Sept. 11 the farmers market will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the butterfly tagging and release at noon. The Sept. 17 event will run from noon to 5 p.m. at Heritage Farm and will also include tours of the historic building and lots of activities plus what m , ...
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Open Doors: Ten Days at the Four Corners Heritage Center
12:00 am - 4:00 pm
You’re invited! Visit this 1890s historic gem from September 9th -18th / 1 – 4 p.m. A variety of activities are planned throughout the 10 days of Ohio Open Doors. throughout the 10 days will be planned. This piece of heritage is rich with educational, inspirational and fun artifacts from Henry County. Discover th , ...
Open Doors: Watt Center Open House
1:00 am - 3:00 pm
The Watt Center is located in a historic building that once served as the office for the Watt Car and Wheel Co., at one time the world’s largest manufacturer of mine cars and mining equipment. It now serves as a local history museum and archive focused on Barnesville and the western half of Belmont County. Displa , ...
Open Doors: Daniel Hertzler, Jr. Opens the Door to his Family Home
1:00 am - 3:00 pm
A Hertzler relative (Daniel Hertzler look-alike) will greet visitors to his family home where other costumed docents will elaborate of the family history from Lancaster, PA to the building of this home in 1854. Explanation of the historical events that transpired – mills, hogs, college, Civil War robbery, death o , ...
Open Doors: St. John’s Episcopal Church History and Community Connections
1:00 am - 3:00 pm
Early Ohio, Architecture, Gardens, Music Founded in 1804 by a band of settlers led by James Kilbourne, St. John’s Episcopal Church is the first Episcopal church west of the Alleghenies. You will be awed by the building’s construction including materials resourced and crafted locally and four central pillars , ...
Notre Dame College Beyond 100: Centennial Opening Celebration
1:00 am - 4:00 pm
Join Us For: The 100th Birthday Party for Notre Dame College and the community, featuring food, music, children’s activities and tours of the historic Administration Building Distinguished Notre Dame faculty 20-minute presentations: Sr. Eileen Quinlan, SND, Ph.D., a 1974 graduate of Notre Dame and professor emerita , ...
Historical Society of Vandalia – Butler Open House
1:00 am - 3:00 pm
Our 8-acre historical farmstead is open from 1-3 p.m. All buildings will be open for public viewing. We will feature information on quilting and have quilts on display and teach quilting stitches. , ...
Open Doors: Early Businesses in 1900s
1:00 am - 4:00 pm
Two presentations by local artist/historian describing the history depicted on mural painted on side of early 1900s building. The art shows businesses formerly in this location in early 1900s including Rex Theater, Rappaport Store, etc. Artist will give two 30-45 minute presentations. Handouts describing the mural will , ...
Open Doors: Major General William Lytle’s 252nd Birthday Celebration
2:00 am - 4:00 pm
Come celebrate the 252nd anniversary of the birth of Major General William Lytle. A free Open House with music by the Williamsburg Community Band, refreshments and tours of the recently completed Land Office (replica). Hailed the “Father of Clermont County”, William Lytle was appointed Deputy Surveyor at ag , ...
Open Doors: Street of Yesteryear
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Live reenactors will discuss various businesses and homestead life during the early 1900s. Taking place in the Putnam County Historical Museum Annex featuring a general store, millinery shop, barber shop, doctor’s office, one room school, and cabin and barn setting from the early 1900s. Guests will have the oppor , ...
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About Ohio Open Doors

The Ohio History Connection created Ohio Open Doors in 2016 to promote and inspire pride in Ohio’s heritage and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act.

Signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Oct. 15, 1966, the Act has proven instrumental in transforming the face of communities from coast to coast, establishing the legal framework and incentives to preserve historic buildings, landscapes and archaeological sites. It drives economic revitalization by attracting investment, supporting small business, stabilizing neighborhoods and creating jobs. “Ohio Open Doors shares stories of important landmarks right in our backyard, highlighting the history and unique nature of some of Ohio’s most treasured historic places,” says Burt Logan, executive director and CEO of the Ohio History Connection.

MANY IN NATIONAL REGISTER

The Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office administers the National Historic Preservation Act in Ohio. Many of the landmarks featured in Ohio Open Doors events are in the National Register of Historic Places, which the National Historic Preservation Act created.

Ohio Open Doors is sponsored by the Ohio History Connection and by more than 200 partnering organizations that are hosting events in communities across the Buckeye State.


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