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

Experience Civil War life with a day of events at Hayes Presidential

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Experience what life was like for President Rutherford B. Hayes’ Civil War regiment while it camped for the winter with events taking place Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.

Plan a trip to look forward to

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

We are proud to be a supporter of the Let’s Go There campaign, joining the collective travel industry, including brands and organizations, from airlines to hotels and resorts, travel advisors, car rentals and theme parks, across every state and city in the United States to reignite America’s sense of wanderlust.

Seneca County residents receive discounted site pass now – Sept. 30

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Adult Seneca County residents can enjoy some physically distanced fun at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums with a discounted site pass to tour the home and museum this month.

History Roundtable to cover Black Swamp, lost towns, press and presidency, more

Monday, August 24, 2020

The Great Black Swamp, lost towns of Northwest Ohio, Ohio ghost stories, presidents and their relationship with the media and more will be explored this fall during History Roundtable with Mike Gilbert. The program will be online-only.