The Henry County, Ohio, Historical Society
Ohio Army Still Accepting Volunteers! Report to Camp Latty!
On October 7th, Henry County fifth graders from all four districts plunged into our local history by becoming part of the excitement with our Camp Latty Enlistment Event. They were a big part of our celebration of the efforts that Camp Latty and our local Ohioans put into the Civil War. Held at Ritter Park, across the street from the actual grounds of Camp Latty, the event took the kidsthrough the steps that men went through when enlisting; what it was like to sign up; what the rules were; and how it affected people on the home front. We answered these questions and others as the kids walked and rode to our encampment and "enlisted" with the Union Army. The fun began at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 7th at Ritter Park. Demonstrations of military arts, women's roles and home arts also took place throughout the day for all those not wishing to enlist. Questions on the event may be directed to the Henry County Historical Society at 419-592-8006.
The dedication of the "Civil War Camp Latty 1861" Historical Marker took place on October 8, 2011, at 1:00 PM at Ritter Park in Napoleon. Click on the photo at left to see photos of the dedication and other activities from the two-day event.
You can see a full listing of Northwest Ohio military hIstory events on Facebook. This list is being continually updated, so check in often.
On July 26, 2009, the official dedication of the Carriage House at the Dr. John Bloomfield Home and Museum took place. It was a good excuse to have a party, too, so the Society hosted its annual Ice Cream Social and Vintage Car Show. The turnout exceeded our most optimistic expectations. Click HERE or on the photo at left to view pictures of the event.
Three generations of descendents of Dr. John Bloomfield were recently in Napoleon to present the Henry County Historical Society with a settee that once belonged to Dr. Bloomfield's daughter, Carrie Bloomfield Yeager. Making the donation were (from left) great-great-great-granddaughter Hannah Tow with her father Brian, Chicago; great-great-grandson John Tow and great-granddaughter Elizabeth Susan Yeager Tow, Falmouth Mass. Also attending was Elizabeth's husband Raymond Tow (right). See more photos of this visit on our Photo Album.
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.
Henry County Mysteries
How did the Maumee River and Napoleon, Ohio, get their names? Click on Russell Patterson's image to get the answers.
The Society recently applied for, and was privileged to receive, a grant from the State of Ohio to complete the restoration of this beautiful Victorian-era home. The Home is now fully restored to its original glory.
Beginning with the city of Napoleon, the Society is building an on-line inventory of historic buildings in Henry County. The starting point is the Ohio Historic Inventory conducted in the mid-1970s by the Ohio Historic Preservation Office. Pictured here is St. Augustine RC Church, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.
We have over 100 interviews with Henry County residents that we have put on-line in an effort to preserve the personal history of our county. Please visit this area of our site often and learn about life here from those who experienced it. You will be surprised by the variety of subjects that we cover.
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