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

News & Media

First Verandah Concert of the season is July 8, featuring Cottonwood Jam String Band

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums will have its first Verandah Concert of the season on Wednesday, July 8, with increased safety protocols.

Special exhibit "Ohio: An Unnatural History" extended through Halloween 2021

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

This special exhibit, featuring Ohio legends and mythical creatures, such as the Lake Erie monster, mothman and more, has been extended through Oct. 31, 2021. 

Frohman Summer Series: Hands-on History to be take-home activities instead of in-person session

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Kids can build ships and boats, learn creative construction and build their own roller coaster with take-home kits from the Frohman Summer Series: Hands-on History at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.

Hayes descendant, past Hayes Presidential board president, supporter remembered for kindness

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Steve and his brothers, great-great-grandsons of President Rutherford and First Lady Lucy Hayes, were the last generation to live in the home before the family gave it to the state of Ohio to be included in in the Hayes Presidential complex.