The Henry County, Ohio, Historical Society
P.O. Box 443
Napoleon, OH 43545
Welcome to this month’s edition of “Historically Speaking.” I am Tom Jenny, president of the Henry County Historical Society.
The Henry County Historical Society will be hosting its "Victorian Holiday Tea" on Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 2:00pm at the beautifully decorated Dr. Bloomfield Home Museum. Our teas have become very popular and the Victorian Holiday Tea is no exception. At this time, it has been sold out. Our next tea will be May 8, 2016.
The Candlelight Victorian Christmas Open House will be held at the Dr. Bloomfield Home Museum on Saturday, December 12th 5:00 -8:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 13th 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Please join us in celebrating a Victorian Christmas. Slip back in time to 1880 and enjoy the Bloomfield home decorated in grand Victorian style. The decorations feature dark, rich jewel tones with gold and silver embellishments. It is decorated to the hilt with garlands, trees and festive wreaths. Feel the luxury, hear the sounds and breathe in the scents of the season. We will be serving light refreshments on Saturday and Sunday, along with a Silent Auction on Saturday. Saturday will also feature Emanuel Lutheran, First Presbyterian, and St. Paul United Methodist Churches at Christmastime. Follow the luminaries and enjoy this opportunity to visit these historic churches! Due of the popularity of our beautifully decorated home, we will have additional tours on Friday, Nov. 27; Saturday, Dec. 5; and Thursday Dec. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. These are all free of charge and open to the public. We hope to see you at the Bloomfield Home Museum.
Decorating a house in the Victorian fashion is no easy task. We want to thank volunteer, Jean Bremer, for her many hours of designing and decorating this year. And yes, she changes the looks of every room, organizes and then cleans the rooms, all for a new fresh look. Thanks also to Rose Wiemken and Joan Borstelman who assisted Jean in staging the decorations. The home looks beautiful and you won’t be disappointed.
Last month we talked about the Christmas Open House at the log cabin which will be reflective of the period during the American Civil War. As a reminder, the event will be the first Saturday in December, which is December 5 from 1:00-7:00 o'clock in the evening. At our open house, our re-enactors will be making candles, decorating a live tree, fixing a traditional dinner over a wood fire, and allowing the public to participate in making a hand crafted ornament to add to our Christmas tree. So, please plan to join us at the log cabin at the fairgrounds, on Saturday, December 5, from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Now for our Fast Fact about Henry County. While working in the carriage house museum, I came across a sales journal used at the Napoleon Woolen Mills during 1887-1907. They sold “ladies cloth”, flannel, white blankets, white sheets and skirting. Their yard goods included floss, cottons, and twills. They sold this merchandise in 14 different states from Maine to Colorado and Minnesota to Missouri. They sold goods throughout Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. They hit many of the major cities in the Eastern United States. This was all before the internet, computers and television. In fact, the telephone was just coming into its own as that patent was awarded in 1876.
Sometimes when we think of small towns in America we underestimate the influence that they have. A small local woolen mill in Napoleon, OH in 1900, was a part the life of families in nearly one third of the United States. Now think of all of the small towns in our great country and consider what type of impact they would have together.
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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