Rudolph, Ohio is known as "the deer-est little village in all of Wood County" due their popular Christmas cancellation stamp, but before it was the post office, the building served as the Rudolph Opera House, established in 1899.
Learn about Wood County's People, Places, and Things by following the musuem on Facebook or Instagram or plan your visit to see photos like these and 1,000 more in this popular exhibit.
The museum is open with new cleaning procedures in place, social distancing, and we do require masks or facial coverings while inside the building to help curb any spread of potential COVID-19.
Admission only $7 for adults, discounts for seniors, military, and kids, or become a member to receive free admission and other benefits year-round.
Wood County Historical Society's quarterly publication
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Good Reads from the County Home
MUSEUM GIFT SHOP
As a result of the 1893 depression, William McKinley was essentially bankrupted, but while many politicians had gotten rich in pubic service, McKinley had gotten poor and his popularity had increased. In 1896, McKinley received the Republican nomination for president on the first ballot. Shop the County Home Gift Shop
Ohio and the Great Black Swamp
Civil War Stories of Northwest Ohio
WWI Graphic Novel for kids
Staying in? No worries! Shop our gift shop online and call in your order over the phone. Local drop-off and shipping available (shipping fees may apply).
Give the gift that gives back all year!Membership to the Historical Society provides an array of educational opportunities, free museum admission, and discounts on program and gift shop purchases. Gift cards available.
2020 ANNUAL REPORT
We are proud of our 2020 accomplishments. Despite the many obstacles, this overview of 2020 reminds us how creative and resourceful we can be. Afterall, we are located in the heart of the Great Black Swamp - it comes naturally!
The Wood County Museum has worked tirelessly to make connections between this extraordinary time and our rich history, to provide you with engaging exhibits, programs, and public outreach that sparks conversation. Like many others, our services have been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Wood County Historical Society seeks a professional part-time Museum Technician to maintain public spaces and assist with exhibition projects and events. Candidates should have a degree in construction management or at least two years of relevant work experience and can handle a varied workload that includes light maintenance of a historic site. A complete job description and application process can be found here.
ENJOY THE GROUNDS
The 50-acre museum grounds are open to the public daily 8 AM until 30 minutes past sunset and are maintained by the Wood County Park District. We welcome guests to walk the grounds and enjoy the beautiful natural and historic sights.
These images tell the stories of what makes Wood County so special, and remind us of the beauty that surrounds us every day. VIEW THE ONLINE GALLERY and purchase a print in support of the Historical Society.
WOOD COUNTY (non)DRIVING TOUR (audio)
Take an audio trip around Wood County with stories about Devil's Hole Road, the Great Black Fire of North Baltimore, the Legacy of Edward Ford, and much more.
CELEBRATE WOOD COUNTY
2020 was Wood County's bicentennial, commemorated by a collection of memories at Wood County 200.
Take a VIRTUAL TOUR of the Wood County Courthouse with Judge Matt Reger.
As part of the 226th anniversary of the of the Battle of Fallen Timbers, the Fallen Timbers Battlefield Preservation Commission has produced the program "From Fallen Timbers to the Treaty of Greenville.” WATCH THE VIDEO
In 2021, we will honor the 125th anniversary of the Wood County Courthouse.
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You can also take our Museum Visitor Survey to help us improve the visitor experience.
WE WELCOME YOU BACK
Support has been provided by Ohio Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the federal CARES Act of 2020