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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Search Our Library

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

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“Hayes Train Special” model train display delights visitors through Jan. 6

Monday, December 10, 2018

Visitors can blow the train whistle, lower the crossing gates, run a model train and more at the “Hayes Train Special” model train display at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.

Watch: Kids paint on canvas at Second Saturdays R 4 Kids

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Artistry Uncorked taught the kids to paint a picture of a Christmas ornament on canvas. 

Sleigh rides through Spiegel Grove offered Dec. 26-31

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Ride through Spiegel Grove in a horse-drawn sleigh, just as President Rutherford B. Hayes did when he lived here.

"Uncaged:" Monthly featured artifact

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

“Uncaged” features a different artifact each month in a display case in the lower level of the museum. These artifacts are taken from the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums collection storage area, which staff have nicknamed “the cage.”