See Our Buildings.
Group Tours can be arranged.
the group tours,
the Mishler Weaving Mill is open
on Wednesday afternoons
1:30 to 4:00 year
round. No Fee.
381 East Main St, Smithville,
Smithville Historical Society Group Tours
For information call 330-669-9308
only $3 per person
Village only $5 per person
$7 per person
rates for schools
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.
WEAVING MILL & GIFT SHOP
may see many products being made on some of our old
in the mill, that are over 100 years old.
Center has three permanents
exhibits and a new Ford Model-T exhibit at this site.
May 17 - Acquisition
Appreciation Day; All buildings will be open 1:30 to 4
P.M. admission is free.
June 20 - Wheelwright Shop opening and much more!
Sun.July 19 – Orrville Band
Sat. Aug. 15 –Saturday, August
15 Our annual Antiques
Market will take place on Saturday, August 15, 2015, from 10:00 A. M. to 4:00
P.M. The market will take place on
the shaded lawn of the Mishler Weaving Mill. The market will present antiques
that are old or are suitable to the character of the Antiques Market and
represents classic quality expected at a market of this type. Our vendors present many unique items to
use in your home or business to present a period in history. With the number of vendors, they provide
a wide selection,whether you are an avid buyer or just
There will be music
provided by Wayne and Sandi Hostettler with the Alpine Aires presenting music
from Switzerland and the Bavarian region of Europe.
One of our re-enactors,
Heidi Breudigam will present the story of Lena Mishler as life was in
The Pioneer Village will
be open from 1:30 to 4:00 P.M. with our craftsmen in our various buildings. Pioneer Village will come alive with the
music of Norma Trotter and Friends, music of the period that will make you clap
your hands. Abe Lincoln (aka. Jerry
Payn) will be at the village to answer questions about the life styles of the
1860s. Visit the Mural of
and see if you can
identify some of the structures.
This afternoon of fun is
free to the public, but donations are accepted.
If you would like to be a
vendor at the Antique Market please call 330-669-9455 for additional
Sun. Sept.20- Model T Day
Sat. Oct. 17 – Apple Butter
for Open Houses 1:30 – 4:00 P.M.
IN THE VILLAGE
of our buildings are open to celebrate an old-fashion Christmas. Many
activities, old-time decorations, and Santa Claus, too!
December 5 – 6pm - 8:30pm
December 6 – 1:30pm – 4:00 pm
Thanks to all the Volunteers who
make this possible!
the photos below to learn about the buildings.
Lydo Barn Exhibit
The Historic Church of God
and Train Station
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.
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
The weaving that everyone knows.
Now grief with its consequent tear,
Now joy with its luminous smile;
The days are the threads of the
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
Is there faith in the figures I
When my fingers are lifeless and
And the threads I no longer can
Shall there be there for men to
One sign of the things I believe?
God sends me the gray days and rare,
The threads from his bountiful
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
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
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
Or weaving a bit that is fair
That shall stand as the record
Published in 1917 in the book
of his poems called Just Folks
Some help in researching families
in the Smithville area
SCHS Newsletter Clippings
Engine Speeds Through Smithville
News from the Past
the people in the photos.
Freshman Class 1927,
other High School Photos, and Burkholder
Taping took place at the Society buildings on 7 May 2013.
See it here.
County Map Link
County Public Library
Site for Wayne County, OH
County Historical Society
Ohio Historical Society
The Smithville Inn restaurant
The Barn restaurant
to stay in nearby Wooster
of the Society
How to Join
Map of Smithville Here
MEETINGS – For members and guests Generally
the first Monday of each month
business meeting, program, refreshments
at the Historic Church of God
meet the third Monday of the month
the Reception Center – Open meeting
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.
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
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;
July 6th--On Monday, July 6th we will be traveling to the Canton Classic Car Museum at 123 6th St. S.W. at the junction of Market Ave. This museum showcases more than 40 antique, classic and special interest cars housed in a 1914 Ford dealership. The automobiles are displayed among antiques and period memorabilia, including vintage clothing, toys and advertising signs.
Our tour will start at 3:00 P.M. and admission fee is $5.50.
August 3rd--The Smithville Community
Historical Society is on the road again for their Monday, August 3
meeting. This time traveling to the Berlin area to visit “Behalt”
at the Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center located on County Road 77
just one mile north of State Route 39. Our tour will start at 4:00
P.M. and members will travel to the museum individually. This 265
foot cyclorama, created by international artist Heinz Gaugel,
illustrates the heritage of the Amish and Mennonite people. Also on
the grounds are a one-room schoolhouse and a pioneer barn with an
original Conestoga wagon. A walk around guide will explain the
history behind the cyclorama and a video presentation about the local
community will be shown.
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