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Smithville Community Historical Society,
P.O. Box 12, Smithville, OH   44677
Phone: 330 669-9308 
Last updated 10 Aug 2017
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Harold C. Downey
Past President of SCHS

  Harold C. Downey, age 82 of Smithville, died August 9, 2017 at his home in Smithville, following a bravely fought battle with cancer.
  Family and friends may call on Sunday, August 13th, at Auble Funeral Home, 512 East Oak Street, Orrville, from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M.
  Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, August 17th at the First Presbyterian Church, 1830 West Market Street, Orrville, with Rev. Dr. Kenneth Walther officiating.  Burial will take place immediately following the Memorial Service at the Smithville Cemetery.
  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Smithville Community Historical Society, P.O. Box 12, Smithville, Ohio 44677 or LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Road, Wooster, Ohio 44691   
  The full obituary should appear in the Daily Record and may be viewed at
All those who knew and loved him will miss his zest for life, quirky sense of humor and tireless energy.

Saturday, August 19 Open House and Antique Market

Antiques.....we look for quality and the story behind a piece whether it is about the person who bought the

piece or the company which manufactured it.  On August 19, 10 A.M. to 4 P.M on the lawn of the Mishler Weaving Mill at 381 E. Main Street in Smithville, the 7th annual Antique Market will be held.  Each of the vendors presents quality antiques to purchase and enhance any home or personal collection.  From primitive pieces to Victorian treasurers, small to large pieces, there is something for everyone.
   While you shop you will hear the strains of the old fashioned dulcimer music being played by Norma Trotter and Friends.  Refreshments will be served at the Mishler Weaving Mill.  Our weavers will be busy in the mill and you may even meet Lena Mishler who will be glad to share the family story with you.
   At 1:30 to 4 P.M. the Pioneer Village will be open so you may tour all of the buildings and discover the past and what made Smithville the village it is today.  Blacksmith, Potters, Tinsmith, Wheelwright and Woodworkers will be displaying their skills and telling stories of their trades.  The Downey Pioneer Visitors Center is not quite ready for the exhibits it will hold but we may be able to give you a sneak peak of what is going on.  The Lydo Barn's exhibits change with regularity to tell the story of how our farm families cared for the family farm in the earlier years.
   Sports fans, the all time favorite summertime sport of Base Ball played as if the game had stepped back to the 1860's, will be played on the field behind the Irvin Pioneer Cabin.  Bring your chairs and blankets and watch the Smithville Stars play the Mansfield Independents.   You will hear terms unfamiliar today but they ad a touch of wonder to the game as these terms still pop up at games today.
   This is a special day for Antique Shoppers in Smithville because Just Enough Antiques and Bittersweet
Antiques and Country Finds will also offer specials for the visitors.  Don't forget to take a peak in at Melody on Main for a quick refreshing treat.  These are just a few businesses who support the Smithville Community Historical Society so we can open the museum free of charge for all to enjoy.

Antiques at Smithville 2016

Antique Market 2016

Trotter and Friends

Norma Trotter and Friends

antique advertisement

The Mishler Weaving Mill continues to be open
on Wednesday afternoons
1:30 to 4:00 year round.  No Fee.
Please visit!
381 East Main St, Smithville, OH

See this report from Margo Stafford on Smithville's Historic Cemeteries.  

Progress on the Downey Pioneer Visitors Center
For a series of photos, go to the Downey Visitors Reception Center.

Downey Pioneer Visitors Center

The Downey Visitors Reception Center is just about finished on the outside.  We have to finish the handicap entrance.  We will be placing sandstone steps in front of the porch. The front porch will be added and once things dry out we will address the landscaping surrounding the home.  The interior work is progressing with the last major project being to chink the interior walls.  We will be starting to create our displays.  No opening date has been set;  just watch facebook.

Buildings Index

Current Newsletter

Group Tour Information

Purpose of the Society

Membership: How to Join

Map of Smithville

Thanks to all the Volunteers who make this society possible!

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

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

Historical Society Reception Center
at 391½ East Main Street [State Route 585]
Smithville, Wayne County, Ohio, in front of the Mishler Weaving Mill.  


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

January 2 General Meeting at 7 P.M. Program “Pump Organ Musical”; Featuring Wilbur Herr and Neil Jackson.
Hostess: Kathy Meitzler.

January 16 Board of Trustees Meeting at 7 P.M.

February 6 General Meeting at 7 P.M. Program presented by Robert Haag discussing Indian Arrowheads.
Hostesses: Dorine Widder and Nancy King.

February 20 Board of Trustees Meeting at 7 P.M.

March 6 General Meeting at 7 P.M. Program “A video History of Smithville,” presented by Dan Kaufman
Hostess: Lila Smucker

March 20 Board of Trustees Meeting at 7 P.M.

April 3 General Meeting at 7 P.M. Program “Hymns: Old and New”; commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the historic Church of God and its service to the faith community.
Hostesses: Pat Keirstead, Margo Stafford

April 17 Board of Trustees Meeting 7 P.M.

May 1 General Meeting at 7 P.M. Program “Dairy Bottles Collection”; presented by Sue McFadden, referencing Louis McFadden's Book, Ohio Dairies.
Hostesses: Barb Mast, Ruth Chambers

May 15 Board of Trustees Meeting 7 P.M.

Sunday, May 21 Open House Donor Appreciation 1:30 – 4 P.M.:
baseball Stars play the Mohican 9.     

June 5 Monday, June 5 meeting will take place at Lehman Hardware with members arriving at 10:00 A.M. To start a tour guided by Glenda Lehman Irvin.

Saturday, June 17 Open House Family & Farm 1:30 – 4 P.M.:
baseball Stars play the Wyandotte Ghost-riders

June 19 Board of Trustees Meeting 7 P.M.

July 3 General Meeting ROAD TRIP! Travel into Holmes County to tour the Holmes Co. Pottery. The tour will begin at 4 P.M., followed by supper at nearby restaurant, TBA NO FEE.

Sunday, July 16 Open House Band Concert & Ice Cream Social 1:30 – 4 P.M.

July 17 Board of Trustees Meeting 7 P.M.

August7 Our next meeting on August 7th we will visit the Moreland Community Historical Societies 1897 Township House at 7 P.M.  This historical society is the newest in Wayne County which numbers about sixteen societies one of the larger numbers in the state.  Before that at 5 P.M. we will have dinner at Broken Rock Café on East Liberty Street in Wooster.  Please make your reservations by August 4 with Nita Downey at 330-669-3969 or Harlene Steiner at 330-621-8364.

Saturday, August 19 Open House and Antique Market 10 A.M. – 4 P.M. on the grounds of the Mishler Weaving Mill, 381 East Main St. Rt. 585, Smithville, Ohio.  The Pioneer Village will also be open that day for the Open House.  For vendor information call 330-669-9455 and click HERE for printable application.  
baseball Stars play the Mansfield Independents

August 21 Board of Trustees Meeting at 7 P.M.


Sunday, September 17 Open House Model-T & Antique Auto's Day 1:30 – 4 P.M.:
baseball Stars play the Akron Black Stockings

September 18 Board of Trustees Meeting at 7 P.M.

October 2 General Meeting Annual Picnic at Rex & Diane Miller's home, at 5:30 P.M. Bring food to be shared and your own table service. Beverage provided. Program Mike Follin as Dr. Bathasar, traveling medicine man of the 1800’s.

October 16 Board of Trustees Meeting at 7 P.M.

October 21 Open House Apple Butter Making 1:30 – 4 P.M.

November 6 General Meeting at 7 P.M. Program “Plan for Your Stuff”; presented by Andrew Richmond, estate consultant and appraiser.

Hostess: Linda Platt

November 20 Board of Trustees Meeting at 7 P.M.

Saturday, December 2 Christmas in the Village 6 – 8:30 P.M.

Sunday, December 3 Christmas in the Village 1:30 – 4 P.M. Concert at 3:30 P.M.

December4 General Meeting at 7 P.M. General meeting will be held at the Smithville Brethren Church at 7 P.M. The church's Bell Choir will present our program.  Members are to bring cookies, beverage will be furnished by the officers and board of trustees.


December 18 Board of Trustees Meeting at 7 P.M.


See schedule above for play dates.

See the Smithville Stars on

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

Some help in researching families
in the Smithville area
[Sorry, we can't help you with genealogy research.]
Past SCHS Newsletter Clippings
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

Outside Links

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


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