The Henry County, Ohio, Historical Society
P.O. Box 443
Napoleon, OH 43545
Welcome to this month’s edition of “Historically Speaking” by the Henry County Historical Society. I am Tom Jenny, president of the Henry County Historical Society.
Well, Christmas is upon us and we hope you will join us at one of our open houses in December. The Bloomfield Home Museum, a Victorian era house that is decorated to the hilt, will be open Saturday, Dec. 10 from 1-8:00 p.m. During the evening, from 5-8:00 p.m., we will have our candlelight tour. Emanuel Lutheran and St. Paul’s United Methodist Churches will also be open during those times. We hope you take advantage of the walk around the neighborhood and enjoy these beautiful structures during the evening hours. The Bloomfield will also be open on Sunday from 1-4:00 p.m. When you go, make sure you check out the miniature tea settings in the dining room. There are over a dozen of them and some are quite small with very intricate painting. The raffle this year will include a 100% wool hand hooked rug, a children’s tea basket, two other baskets, and an unsigned oil painting by Elder Gathman.
Our log home at the fairgrounds, will be open Saturday from 1-8:00 p.m. as well. We will have a pioneer children’s craft time from 11:00 to 12:30 p.m. for students in grades 3-6. Please call Taylor at 419-906-1660 to reserve a spot. They will learn what life was like in a log home as the family prepared for Christmas eve. The log home will be open to the public from 1-7:00 p.m. The setting for the open house is how a black swamp pioneer family prepares for Christmas eve. At 7:00, there will be a German Christmas eve. church service, in the schoolhouse, presented by our re-enactors. Listen to the German language being used and the beautiful operatic style voice singing Silent Night. The Jones Log Cabin, in rural Napoleon, will be open at the same times, so you have an opportunity to take a small trip in Henry County and see and feel how the pioneers in this region prepared for Christmas.
We are thankful for the many volunteers we have assisting at our events, keeping our buildings in top shape, and preserving and staging the many artifacts we have collected. It is the interest in local history that propels these people and we are thankful for it. Many people from outside of our county visit our facilities and are amazed at the hidden gems, in the form of buildings, artifacts, and programs, that we have here at the Henry County Historical Society.
Now for our fast fact about Henry County. Did you know Architect Harry W. Wachter of Toledo, OH along with Edward B. Green of Buffalo, NY designed the Toledo Museum of Art. Why do I mention this? Because, Harry Wachter also designed the Presbyterian Church in Napoleon. The church is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places because of its architectural significance. It was built in 1900-1901 in the American Craftsman style and is supported by a foundation of sandstone and topped with a terracotta roof. The building walls are red, variegated sandstone and were quarried near Mansfield, Ohio. The inside is topped off with beautiful stained glass windows. You can read more about this church in the December issue of our newsletter, Henry’s Attic.
This concludes this month’s edition of “Historically Speaking”. As always, we thank you for helping us keep history alive in Henry County.
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The Henry County Historical Society was formed
in 1970 to perpetuate the history of Henry County, Ohio, to learn about and preserve
the artifacts of the county, and to generate interest in the past of the county.
Our primary focus at this time is the completion of the restoration
work on the beautiful Dr. John Bloomfield Victorian home, built circa
1879. This house is located at the corner of West Clinton and Webster streets
in downtown Napoleon, across from the Napoleon Public Library. The house has been completely restored and is decorated with authentic period furnishings.
Work is in progress on the carriage house
and gardens. The home is open for special events, educational programs
and private tours. We welcome new and old members alike to lend a hand and help us in our
many programs and activities.
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