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

Historically Speaking

August 2015

Welcome to this month’s edition of “Historically Speaking.” I am Tom Jenny, president of the Henry County Historical Society.

Well, the Henry County Fair is over and what a great success it was. I hope you got a chance to visit the historical corner and take in the living history encampment. This was the largest one we have ever had. I enjoyed watching how they used the produce from their garden. There was a gigantic beet pulled out of the garden that we even got offers to buy. One meal in the log cabin featured chicken, a large zucchini bread, and assorted veggies. All cooked following the recipes and ways of the Black Swamp Pioneers. There were demonstrations on soap making, candle making, log preparation for cabin building, and candlelight tours. The schoolhouse featured a fascinating exhibit from Dwight Huddle on WW2, a bottle collection showing Henry County’s past, and an interesting display shared by the Malinta Historical Society on the Nickel Plate Railroad.

The Historical Society sponsored the Veteran’s bean soup dinner and we want to thank Bennie Dawson for chairing the event and getting everything together. They served approximately 300 veterans and family members.

We would like to extend a thank you to the following:

  • The Defiance VFW men and ladies for making the soup over a wood fire on a very hot day.
  • The Napoleon Legion Ladies Auxiliary for serving and providing the cornbread and crackers.
  • The Henry County Pork Producers for donating the ham.
  • The Veterans Service Office for donating all the paper products.
  • The Napoleon American Legion Post 300 for providing the tables and chairs and Chad Miller for the use of his trailer.
  • And thank you to Boy Scout Troop 246 - for their help in setting the tables and chairs up and cleaning up afterward.

A big thank you also is extended to our Napoleon Community Band who did an outstanding job in providing a concert of great American music for our veterans.

September is the final month for the Bloomfield House to be open on Sunday from 2-4:00. Take the time to go through this historic Victorian house. You might even hear some old marches played on the Victrola. If you haven’t seen the collection of lamps, please take the time to do so. They are fascinating. September 27th is our final day to be open, however, that day will not be the usual open house, as it will feature our "Harvest Tea".

The tea will be held on Sunday, September 27 at 2:00pm at the Dr. Bloomfield House.  Tickets for the Tea are by reservation only and may be made by calling Lois Hanna at 419-599-0201.  The cost is $16.00 and members of the Henry County Historical Society will be serving Harney & Sons Cranberry Autumn Tea, along with a delicious selection of foods reflecting a harvest theme.  Whether you're one of our regular tea goers, or you're a first timer, this is a wonderful way to celebrate fall. Seating is limited and the teas have been very popular so please call for a reservation soon. We hope to see you there.

I saw many people relaxing under the freshly painted gazebo during the fair. Did you know that we have been able to date it to 1910 and our researcher, Morgan Gerken, continues to delve into its past. Although we have it painted white, originally the ceiling was painted a haight blue, that is h-a-i-g-h-t blue, which is a sky or blue-green blue. This color was used in that era to give the feeling being under the sky or in the out of doors when people were in a gazebo such as ours or on porches of historic homes from that era. If you know of any gardens in Napoleon that would be neat to feature on our next garden tour, please contact us. We are currently compiling a list of possibilities so please let me know.

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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