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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Celebrate fall with free family fun and paid ghost stories lantern walk event

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Paint pumpkins, take a horse-drawn trolley ride and more during the free family fun portion. Then be prepared for a scare with ghost stories on a lantern walk around the Grove with local historian Mike Gilbert at the ticketed event.

Civil War event canceled, scavenger hunt to take its place

Thursday, October 11, 2018

In its place, a scavenger hunt for kids will be available in the museum from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. 

Popular program History Roundtable with Mike Gilbert returns this fall

Monday, September 10, 2018

The popular program History Roundtable with Mike Gilbert returns to the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums this fall for its fifth year and will cover topics ranging from Fort Stephenson to ghost stories.

Terra Brass Quintet to perform variety of songs at Music in the Parlor

Monday, August 20, 2018

Enjoy a brass quintet’s performance of jazz, ragtime, patriotic, classical and Civil War era music during Music in the Parlor on Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.