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

Legends of the Giants talk by local historian will be an online program

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

For the health and safety of staff and visitors, local historian Mike Gilbert’s talk about legends of the giants will take place as an online program on Sunday, June 7.

“Ohio: An Unnatural History” exhibit extended through Oct. 31, 2021, museum remains closed

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Visitors will have more opportunities to learn about the Lake Erie monster, Mothman and other Ohio legends after the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums extended its special exhibit “Ohio: An Unnatural History” through Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021. Hayes Presidential’s buildings remain closed. 

Spiegel Grove grounds to reopen May 1, buildings remain closed

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Spiegel Grove, the 25-acre grounds of the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, will reopen to the public at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 1. Hayes Presidential buildings remain closed.

Bicentennial walking tour of downtown Fremont

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Take a walk from a safe physical distance of others of historic downtown Fremont and surrounding area. Follow the map to see what the city was like during the days of horses and buggies and the commerce of the mid-20th century.