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The Henry County, Ohio, Historical Society
P.O. Box 443
Napoleon, OH 43545

Historically Speaking

June 2015

Welcome to this month’s edition of “Historically Speaking.” I am Tom Jenny, president of the Henry County Historical Society bringing you information about historical events happening in Henry County.

The weather held and we had a great Strawberry festival. Good music, antique cars, a book signing, strawberries, and so many pies. It was nice to see so many smiling faces at the Bloomfield House Museum.

Country Garden Tour 2015

Saturday, Jul 11, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Rain or Shine

Saturday, July 11 is the date for our garden tour so get it on your calendar. Two years ago the garden tour was in town. This one will be a country tour. I was amazed at how expansive the gardens are in the country. Each garden is different and I think you are really going to enjoy them. We suggest you start at the historic gazebo at the fairgrounds. Check out the gardens there and visit the log cabin and speak with our re-enactors. There is plenty of parking if you want to car pool.

From there, you’ll travel to Mike and Kaye Wesche’s house, featuring extensive perennial gardens with coral bells, trailing sedum and various grasses. The Southwestern theme of the house is accented with wonderful garden art and large urns.

Then it’s onto the Rose and Henry Wiemken gardens. If you like Victorian gardens, then you’ll enjoy this one. With its arches, a half gazebo, trellises, and a pergola, the structures accent the wisteria, perennials, roses, grasses and day lilies. You’ll enjoy their white garden and the bird garden.

The Ruth and Stan Moll gardens are another expansive showing. You’ll enjoy a more native garden in its natural surroundings. There is a natural living pond created many years ago and a variety roses, herbs, perennials, and fairy gardens. Behind their rustic house, sits the hidden “pool house” - a highlight of the tour!! You’ll also see the Guinea birds that are a special part of this garden. If you look carefully, you’ll even see a bald cypress tree with knees— in Northern Ohio!

We then go to the centennial farm of the Kemm’s, a typical or should I say an atypical farm. It contains a beautiful grove of trees including a Dawn Redwood and a yellow wood tree. There is an extensive vegetable and herb garden with a fascinating fence. The corn crib makes such a nice patio, that you would hate to choose between it and the bunk house to read a good book and enjoy the vista of the flower beds.

Our last stop is the Johnson’s Ice Cream Shoppe. What’s not to like about the flowing perennials that Phil has carefully planted, the yard art created by Peggy, and, of course, that great ice cream and sandwich Shoppe. An ice cream treat or a sandwich is a great way to wrap up the country garden tour. I hope to see you there.

We recently had all of the third grade students from the Napoleon School District tour the Bloomfield House Museum. In reading the thank you notes, the students really seemed to enjoy the tour and demonstrations and were amazed at how families of that era lived. Parents, you can bring your children back to the Bloomfield House and enjoy this Victorian home and the special summer exhibits, every Sunday from 2-4:00 p.m.

We hope to feature the History detective program with the Patterson’s on the first Sunday of the month, July 5 at the Bloomfield House from 2:00-4:00.

In August, we will be active at our site at the Henry County Fair. Our re-enactors will be living at the log cabin site offering interesting programs at the gazebo and log cabin, the veteran’s bean dinner will feature the Napoleon Community Band playing the music of America, and the schoolhouse will open their collection of Henry County artifacts.

Another date for your calendar is August 30; we will have an old fashioned Ice cream social at the historic gazebo.

We hope to see you at the country garden tour on Saturday, July 11 from 10:00-4:00, and we know you’ll enjoy it.

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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