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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News & Media

Mark your calendar for summer Verandah Concerts at Hayes Presidential

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

A string band, a boogie piano player and vocalists performing songs from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s are among the performers featured this summer during the Verandah Concert series at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.

Behind Enemy Lines: An escape room experience at Hayes Presidential

Monday, February 10, 2020

Assemble your troops and join Lt. Col. Webb C. Hayes as you descend on Vigan Island during the Philippine Insurrection during the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums’ next

Legends of giants uncovered during talk by local historian

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Local Historian Mike Gilbert has researched these stories and will share his findings during a special program on Sunday, March 22, at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.

Lake Erie monster, dogman, other legends, Ohio folklore featured in special exhibit

Thursday, January 30, 2020

 “In this exhibit, we are going to look at what folklore is and why it’s important,” said Kevin Moore, curator of artifacts. “We’re going to profile several mythical creatures and urban legends and appreciate the rich collection of folk tales, both old and new, that have developed in Ohio.”