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

History Rountable with Mike Gilbert returns this fall with new stories, virtual cemetery tour

Thursday, August 22, 2019

The ever-popular History Roundtable with Mike Gilbert returns this fall to the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums with new stories and a virtual tour of Oakwood Cemetery in Fremont.

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

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The discounted site pass for adult Seneca County residents is $15, which is a savings of $5 on regular admission. Residents must show identification that includes their Seneca County address.

Tickets on sale for 2019 American Presidents Film & Literary Festival, schedule announced

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The second annual film and literary festival features a red carpet event with keynote speaker, original films, a cooking class with a former White House chef, lantern tours of Spiegel Grove with costumed living history presenters, an escape room geared toward teens, programs by authors and historians and more.

Celebrate First Lady Lucy Hayes’ birthday with activities, dress display at HPLM

Monday, August 19, 2019

First Lady Lucy Hayes’s birthday is Aug. 28, and this year, she would have been 188 years old.

To celebrate, the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is bringing some of her dresses out of storage and putting them on display for five days only and offering special activities with a Lucy Hayes theme.