Rutherford B. Hayes

Hayes was the 19th U.S. President serving from 1877-1881. He was also a Ohio governor, a U.S. Congressman and a General in the Civil War and loving husband to Lucy and father to eight children.

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Honoring the memory of Rutherford B. Hayes, his family established the first presidential library open to the public in 1916. For 100 years the collections have grown beyond the core collection to include 90,000 books, manuscripts and images which reflect Hayes' special interests, including genealogy, local history, and the Gilded Age period in which he lived.

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Visit The Estate

Spiegel Grove houses the Hayes Museum and 31 room mansion, along with 25 acres of park and the burial site of President and Mrs. Hayes.

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Everything You Need to Know

News & Media

President Hayes knew, respected Frederick Douglass and sought his advice

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Hayes valued and respected Douglass' opinions and consulted him at various times during his administration.

Kids' event with Congressman Jim Jordan on Presidents' Day

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Kids answer a presidential history question correctly and win a free horse-drawn sleigh ride.

Presidents' Day weekend filled with family friendly events at HPLM

Friday, February 3, 2017

Welcome Home Rud & Lucy Party, sleigh rides and Congressman Jim Jordan are all part of the weekend. 

Purple Heart belonging to man killed in Korean War returned to family at HPLM

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Cpl. Richard Stout was killed in action during the Korean War. Purple Hearts Reunited returned the medal to his family.