Wood County Historical Center & Museum
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The Wood Couunty Historical Center & Museum is the site of the former County Infirmary, which operated from 1869-1971. After the last of its residents were moved to the new Wood County Nursing Home, the building was slated for destruction, but with support from Lyle Fletcher and other community members, the building was repurposed into a Museum, which re-opened in 1975.

See the full history here, courtesy of Felicia Konrad (2016).




  • January 16, 1869 - Wood County Infirmary opened with six residents. The Wood County Commissioners appointed J.B. Lockhard as the first Director.
  • 1872 to 1877 - First Superintendent Thomas C. Reid
  • 1877 to 1878 - E.M. Jenkins, Superintendent
  • 1878 to 1904 - Edwin & Charlotte Farmer, Superintendent & Matron
  • 1904 to 1949 - Frank & Lottie Brandeberry, Superintendent & Matron
  • 1949 to 1952 - Dr. & Mrs. C.E. Petteys, Superintendent & Matron
  • 1952 to 1969 - Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Roe, Superintendent & Matron
  • 1969 to 1971 - Doris Roof, a nurse, acted as manager
  • February 15, 1971 - the Infirmary, now primarily a nursing home, closed. The residents were moved to the new Wood County Nursing Home, now called WoodHaven.
  • 1975 - Building reopens as a museum.


32 historical highlights of Wood County from the stately presence of the Wood County Courthouse or Nazareth Hall to stories of the forgotten Pottertown or Mud Pike (now Rt. 25).

CLICK HERE to llisten while you take a leisurely historic driving tour around the county.

The CD is alsoavailable on loan from any Wood County Library.



This annual event honors Wood County citizens interred in Wood County cemeteries .


Wood County
Historical Construction Equipment Association, Bowling Green, Wood Co OH

Luckey Historical Society, Troy Township, Wood County OH

Historical Society of Grand Rapids, Wood County OH

North Baltimore Area Historical Society, Wood County OH

Village of Pemberville | Opera House

Historic Perrysburg | Perrysburg Area Historical Museum | Visit Perrysburg | Fort Meigs

Grand Rapids Applebutter Festival

Hancock County
Hancock Historica Museum | Visit Findlay Ohio


Seneca County
Tiffin Seneca County | American Civil War Museum of Ohio


Sandusky County
Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center


Lucas County
Historic Waterville

Monclova Historical Foundation

Sylvania Historical Society


Civil War Cemeteries in Wood County Ohio

Civil War Historical Markers in Wood County Ohio

The Wood County Historical Society, Center, and Museum are not a research facility, but we will gladly try and connect you with our local partners.


Wood County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society
Chapter Workroom, Courthouse Square, P.O. Box 722, Bowling Green, Ohio, 43402
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 am - 12 pm
Types of Information: Published cemetery inscription books, published birth, marriage, and death record books, public census records, published wills and abstracts


Center for Archival Collections at Bowling Green State University
5th Floor, Jerome Library, BGSU, Bowling Green, Ohio 43403
Hours: Hours vary with school term.
Types of Information: Census records, area newspapers, original Infirmary records, probate records, Wood County Health Department records, Wood County cemetery inscription books


Wood County District Public Library
251 North Main Street  , Bowling Green, Ohio 43402 
419. 352.5104  
Hours:  Monday - Thursday, 9 am - 8:30 pm; Friday, 9 am - 6pm;
Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm; Sunday, 1 pm - 5 pm
Types of Information: Census Records, area newspapers, published cemetery inscriptions, published probate records, birth and death records (incomplete)Looking for that yearboook, scrapbook, or photo?

Research the Wood County District Public Library archive:
Black Swamp Memories


Wood County Auditor's Office
Second Floor, One Courthouse Square, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402 (PO Box 368)
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm (except legal holidays)
Types of Information: Property records, online searchable database.


Wood County Recorder's Office
Second Floor, One Courthouse Square, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402
419.354.9140 or 1-866-860-4140
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm (except legal holidays)
Types of Information: Real estate transactions (deeds, mortages), uniform commercial code, military discharges, living wills/durable power of attorney.

Wood County Health Department
1840 E. Gypsy Lane Road, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, excluding most holidays
Types of Information: Birth records, delayed birth records, death records


Wood County Court of Common Pleas Probate Division
Second Floor, One Courthouse Square, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm (except legal holidays)
Types of Information: Birth records, marriage records, death records, estate records, wills

How Do I Get A Property Listed on the National Register of Historic Places?
Visit the Ohio History Connection National Register of Historic Places page.

Looking for Ohio Historical Markers?
Visit the Ohio History Connection Historic Markers page.

Remarkable Ohio Historical Marker App for Smart Phones now on iTunes

Ohio History Connection
800 E. 17th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43211
614-297-2300 or toll-free 800-686-6124
Hours: see website.
Types of Information: Death Certificates over 50 years old, birth certificates prior to 1908.Ohio Memory Project

Some of our collection is online at Ohio Memory, a collaborative project of the Ohio Historical Society and the State Library of Ohio.

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Wood County Historical Center and Museum
13660 County Home Road, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402
Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm;
Saturday - Sunday, 1pm-4pm (except holidays)
Types of Information: Wood County Infirmary history only. Photo Index, scrapbooks, expense ledgers, Infirmary accident book, Home history books and records, certificates of admission.


Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
Spiegel Grove
Fremont, Ohio 43420-2796 (Sandusky County)
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm; Sundays and federal holidays, noon - 5 pm (library closed).
Types of Information: Probate records and estate files for cases #843-5617 (1871-1921), microfilm for cases #1-5945 (1820-1923), obituary database, divorce cases #1-117 (1894-1896), Guardianships & Trusts #1-905 (1851-1884, 1905-1910).

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