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

Christmas Dinner Videos

Monday, November 23, 2020

These videos are for those who purchased Christmas Dinners from Spiegel Grove. 

A Presidential Christmas: Tree Lighting, Sleigh Rides and “Hayes Train Special” offered Dec. 10

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

New this year, the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums will decorate one of its large pine trees in a nod to the White House Christmas tree and offer an evening of holiday-themed events on Thursday, Dec. 10.

Create a gingerbread house and enter it in contest at Hayes Presidential

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Two categories are available: Public and corporate The public category is for anyone to enter, and corporate is for businesses and organizations. 

Staying at home during the pandemic? Check out these virtual activities.

Friday, November 13, 2020

The librarians are working again Monday - Friday (although Hayes Presidential is only open to the public Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at this time). If you have genealogy questions,