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Smithville Community Historical Society, P.O. Box 12, Smithville, OH   44677
Phone: 330 669-9308 
Last updated 25 May 2015
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Up Coming Event


General Meeting, 1 June 2015

With spring planting just about complete, we have time to think about where the Amish Farmers or those who use horses on their small farms find the equipment to complete the task at hand?  On Monday, June 1, members of the Smithville Community Historical Society will travel to the southeast area of the county to 16875 Jericho Road, Pioneer Equipment Inc.  The company is located one half mile east of State Route 94, five miles south of Dalton, three miles north of Mt. Eaton or three miles east of Kidron.  Our tour will start at 3 P.M., watching the manufacturing process of farm equipment specifically used by farmers choosing to use horses, mules or oxen to farm.  They created equipment to adapt tractor powered equipment to non-tractor use, rather using horses to power the equipment.  The Company was established in 1978 to fill the needs of the Amish and other farmers.  They manufacture full pieces of farm equipment and also a full line of repair parts.  Many did not know that this company existed in Wayne County.

Following the tour of the company we will travel to Mt. Eaton and have dinner at The Bucket, formerly (Ruby’s) at 4:30 P.M.  Following our dinner we will travel to the Mt. Eaton-Paint Township Historical Society for a tour hosted by Dr. Elton Lehman.

Please call 330-669-3969, Nita Downey, to make reservations before May 29.

 

Next Open House

Saturday, June 20 will be the next Open House from 1:30 to 4:00 pm.  
Admission is FREE.
Come and watch our craftsmen and see what they are creating.
We will once again have special music.  

 

 Welcome to the Smithville Community Historical Society online.


  Come See Our Buildings.
Group Tours can be arranged.

Questions?
glhold@wowway.com

Other than the group tours,
the Mishler Weaving Mill is open
to visitors on Wednesday afternoons
1:30 to 4:00 year round.  No Fee.
Please visit!
381 East Main St, Smithville, OH

Smithville Historical Society Group Tours
For information call 330-669-9308 or 330-669-3969
Fees are:
Mill only $3 per person
Pioneer Village only $5 per person
Both, $7 per person
Special rates for schools

2015 CALENDAR

PIONEER VILLAGE has10 buildings open to the public. Most buildings were built in the 1800s in our community – log cabins, barn, church, depot, caboose, tin shop, spring house, pottery and blacksmith shops.

MISHLER WEAVING MILL & GIFT SHOP

People may see many products being made on some of our old looms in the mill, that are over 100 years old.  Reception Center has three permanents exhibits and a new Ford Model-T exhibit at this site.

OPEN HOUSES

Sun. May 17 - Acquisition Appreciation Day; All buildings will be open 1:30 to 4 P.M. admission is free.
Sat. June 20
Sun. July 19 – Orrville Band
Sat. Aug. 15 – Antique Market, flea market hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., call 330-669-9455 for information

Sun. Sept.20- Model T Day

Sat. Oct. 17 – Apple Butter

Hours for Open Houses 1:30 – 4:00 P.M.

Admission – Donation

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CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE

All of our buildings are open to celebrate an old-fashion Christmas.  Many activities, old-time decorations, and Santa Claus, too!

Sat. December 5 – 6pm - 8:30pm
Sun. December 6 – 1:30pm – 4:00 pm

 

Thanks to all the Volunteers who make this possible!

 Click on the photos below to learn about the buildings.

Blacksmith Shop
Blacksmith Shop

The Cabin
Pioneer Log Cabin

The Sheller House
 The Sheller House

Carriage Barn
The Carriage Barn

The Mishler Weaving Mill
Mishler Weaving Mill

The Tin Shop
 The Tin Shop


Lydo Barn Exhibit

Historic Church of God
The Historic Church of God

Caboose at Smithville Historical Society
New
Caboose and Train Station
 

 The Spring House
New
The Spring
House
 

 


On Saturday April 26, 2003  
a Dedication was held for
The Ohio Bicentennial Historical Marker
at the John Mishler Weaving Mill in Smithville
and the Grand Opening of
the Historical Society Reception Center
at 391½ East Main Street [State Route 585]
Smithville, Wayne County, Ohio.
 

The Weaver
by Edgar A. Guest

The patter of rain on the roof,
The glint of the sun on the rose;
Of life, these the warp and the woof,
The weaving that everyone knows.
Now grief with its consequent tear,
Now joy with its luminous smile;
The days are the threads of the year--
Is what I am weaving worth while?

What pattern have I on my loom?
Shall my bit of tapestry please?
Am I working with gray threads of gloom?
Is there faith in the figures I seize?
When my fingers are lifeless and cold,
And the threads I no longer can weave
Shall there be there for men to behold
One sign of the things I believe?

God sends me the gray days and rare,
The threads from his bountiful skein,
And many, as sunshine, are fair.
And some are as dark as the rain.
And I think as I toil to express
My life through the days slipping by,
Shall my tapestry prove a success?
What sort of a weaver am I?

Am I making the most of the red
And the bright strands of luminous gold?
Or blotting them out with the thread
By which all men's failure is told?
Am I picturing life as despair,
As a thing men shall shudder to see,
Or weaving a bit that is fair
That shall stand as the record of me?
 

Published in 1917 in the book 
of his poems called Just Folks

 


Some help in researching families
in the Smithville area
Archives

Past SCHS Newsletter Clippings
Steam Engine Speeds Through Smithville
Smithville News from the Past

  Please help identify
the people in the photos.
Smithville Freshman Class 1927,
other High School Photos, and Burkholder Family

Number 3 School

Taping took place at the Society buildings on 7 May 2013.
See it here.

Outside Links
Wayne County Map Link
Wayne County Public Library
GenWeb Site for Wayne County, OH
Wayne County Historical Society
Ohio Historical Society
The Smithville Inn restaurant
The Barn restaurant
Places to stay in nearby Wooster

 

 

  Purpose of the Society
Membership: How to Join
 See Map of Smithville Here

GENERAL MEETINGS – For members and guests Generally the first Monday of each month
Short business meeting, program, refreshments

Held at the Historic Church of God

BOARD MEETINGS
Officers meet the third Monday of the month

at the Reception Center – Open meeting

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SCHS PROGRAMS FOR 2015

All programs begin at 7:00 P.M. and are held at the historic Church of God UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED

January 5th--"Indian Trails in Ohio"; speaker, Robert Haag.  Hostesses:  Nita Downey, Pat Keirstead.

February 2nd--Cancelled because of weather "History of Local Railroads"; speaker, Roger Scott.  The Smithville Community Historical Society will meet on February 2 at 7 P.M. in the historic Church of God. The program will be “History of Local Railroads”, by Roger Scott of the Orrville Railroad Heritage Society. He will present the history which began in 1852 of how and why the railroads came to this area. If you have ever wondered why the rail lines came to a certain area, this program should answer that question. Roger has had over 30 years of railroading experience and knows a lot of the industry's history.
A brief business meeting will be held. Refreshments will be served following the program.
 Hostesses:  Margo Stafford, Harlene Steiner

March 2nd "President Lincoln's Last Day"; speaker, Jerry Payn, Abraham Lincoln re-enactor;  Hostesses: Martha Kaufman, Lila Smucker  Cancelled because of weather "President Lincoln's Last Day"; speaker, Jerry Payn, Abraham Lincoln re-enactor;  Hostesses: Martha Kaufman, Lila Smucker  

April 6th--Enjoy "Golden Oldies" performed by the Rubber City Harmonica Club of Akron;  Hostesses: Keith and Ruth Ann Chambers
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May 4th--"Understanding the American Hobo";  David Gates, speaker from Summit County Historical Society;  Hostesses:  Barb Mast, Joanne Turner  

June 1st--Tour the Pioneer Equipment Co. of Dalton, Ohio—no admission fee;  Eat supper at The Bucket; followed by a brief tour of the Mt. Eaton Historical Society building
Time of tour:   3:00 P.M.   
Meet for supper:  4:30 P.M.                             

July 6th--Tour of Canton Car Museum--admission fee of $5.50;   Eat supper at: TBA
Time of tour:  3:00 P.M.     
Meet for supper:  TBA                                            

August 3rd--Tour the Behalt Museum, including the Conestoga Wagon and Amish School--admission fee of $12.50, but there will be a discount;    Eat supper at:  restaurant TBA
Time of tour:    4:30 P.M.  
Meet for supper:  TBA                                              

NO SEPTEMBER MEETING

October 5th--Annual picnic at Rex and Diane Miller's farm; supper at 5:30;  bring table service and a dish to share;  Program:  TBA

November 2nd--"History of Pioneer Cooking";  speaker, Michael Hocker;  Hostesses:  Nancy King, Patty McFadden, Dorine Widder

December 7th--"Christmas, 1941"; reminisce with us as we remember the Pearl Harbor event; entertainers:  Sweet Spirit quartet performing WWII and Christmas songs;  members' cookie exchange;  officers provide beverages;  members are encouraged to bring small WWII items to display and/or to dress in 1940's clothing


 

 

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