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Smithville Community Historical Society, P.O. Box 12, Smithville, OH   44677
Phone: 330 669
Last updated 27 Aug 2016
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18 Sep 2016

On Sunday, September 18 from 1:30 to 4 P.M. will be a day for the Model-T lover at the Smithville Community Historical Society.  The members of the Greater Akron Model-T club will be on hand to present stories and demonstrations of this historical automobile which brought our country into a faster turn-a-round time.  The manufacturing of this classic car created the assembly line, which in turn lowered the price of the car in the 1920’s.  We were in the midst of the industrial revolution and Henry Ford took full advantage of what could be created from one car.  There were more than 30 conversion kits made for the Model-T which sold the most cars, holding that record until the 1960’s.  The demonstrations of how quickly one can be put together will take place at 2 & 3 P.M. in the afternoon at 381 E. Main St., the Mishler Weaving Mill complex.

The buildings will be open at the Pioneer Village during this time with craftsmen in each of the crafts buildings.  On the ball field behind the Pioneer Village the Smithville Star’s will play a Vintage Base Ball game against the Ohio Village Muffins from Columbus.  These games are sure to give you a different view of how the game was played.

You may also witness the progress of our latest addition to the village which is in its early stages of construction.  There is something for every family member to enjoy.


See below for a list of Society events.


 Welcome to the Smithville Community Historical Society online.

  Come See Our Buildings.
Group Tours can be arranged.


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

Note:  “The Village Pottery is open when his sign is out front.”


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 , wheelwright and blacksmith shops.


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 and Baseball Games 2016
Admission – Donation

Sunday, May 15 - Open House - Donor Appreciation Day  1:30 to 4 P.M.

May 15, Sunday @ 1:30
- Scramble using 1860's Base Ball rules at Smithville Pioneer Village. Open to anyone wishing to play or interested in playing.

Saturday, June 18 – Open House – Family Day, 1:30 to 4 P.M.

Saturday, June 18 – Smithville Stars (Vintage Baseball) vs Mansfield Independents, played behind Pioneer Village (start time is 1:30) 

Sunday, July 17, Open House - Concert - Ice Cream Social:
1:30 - 4 pm   Concert at 3:30.

Sunday, July 17 – Smithville Stars (Vintage Baseball) vs Whiskey Island Shamrocks, played behind Pioneer Village (start time is 1:30)

Saturday,  August 20 – Open House/Antique Market 10 A.M. to 4 P.M., Open House 1:30 to 4 P.M.

Sunday, September 18 – Open House/Model-T & Vintage Cars Day 1:30 to 4 P.M.

Sunday, September 18 – Smithville Stars (Vintage Baseball) vs Ohio Village Muffins, played behind Pioneer Village (start time is 1:30)

Saturday,  October 15 – Open House – Apple Butter Making 1:30 to 4 P.M.



Saturday, December 3 -  Christmas in the Village 6 to 8:30 P.M.

Sunday, December 4 -  Christmas in the Village 1:30 to 4P.M.

Thanks to all the Volunteers who make this possible!

Note:  “The Village Pottery is open when his sign is out front.”

 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
Caboose and Train Station

 The Spring House
The Spring


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

Painted by Rusty Baker

Some help in researching families
in the Smithville area

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



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


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

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

September – No General Meeting Due to Holiday

October 3 – Annual Picnic AT Rex and Diane Miller’s farm; time: 5:30 P.M.; bring food to share and your own table service; beverages furnished by officers

November 7 – General Meeting at 7 P.M. – “Lionel Train Collection; presenter, Bill Moss; Hostesses: Linda Platt, Ruth Peterman

December 5 - General Meeting at 7 P.M. “Christmas Music Program; presenters:  East Chippewa Brethren Church Brass

Ensemble; Cookie Exchange from the attendees, beverages provided by the officers.

Officers meet the third Monday of the month
at the Reception Center – Open meeting

January 18 - Board of Trustees Meeting, 7 P.M. at the Reception Center

February15 - Board of Trustees Meeting, 7 P.M. at the Reception Center

March 21 – Board of Trustees Meeting, 7 P.M. at the Reception Center

April 18 – Board of Trustees Meeting, 7 P.M. at the Reception Center

May 16 – Board of Trustees Meeting, 7 P.M. at the Reception Center

June 20 – Board of Trustees Meeting, 7 P.M. at the Reception Center

July 18 – Board of Trustees Meeting, 7 P.M. at Reception Center

August 15 - Board of Trustees Meeting, 7 P.M. at the Reception Center

September 19 – Board of Trustees Meeting, 7 P.M. at the Reception Center

October 17 – Board of Trustees Meeting, 7 P.M. at Reception Center

November 21 - Board of Trustees Meeting, 7 P.M. at the Reception Center

December 19 -  Board of Trustees Meeting, 7 P.M. at the Reception Center

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