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
Note: “The Village Pottery is open when his sign is out front.”
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.
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.
HOUSES and Baseball Games 2016
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.
IN THE VILLAGE
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.”
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
Painted by Rusty Baker
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
of the Society
How to Join
Map of Smithville Here
SCHS PROGRAMS FOR 2016
All programs begin at 7:00 P.M. and are held at the historic Church of God UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED
MEETINGS – For members and guests Generally
the first Monday of each month
business meeting, program, refreshments
at the Historic Church of God
On Monday, February 1, the Smithville Community Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting at 7 P.M. at the historic Church of God. A brief business meeting will be held updating everyone on the progress of our various projects. The program will be "Civil War Medical Treatments," presented by Virgil Kline who portrays a Civil War Surgeon. He will show his collection of medical equipment from the Civil War. He will address the medical practices
used on the battlefields and how they affected the medical practices of today. Our hostesses are Dorine Widder and Nancy King.
March 7 - General Meeting at 7 P.M. “Native American Plant Remedies”; speaker: Eric Fitch; Hostesses: Pat Keirstead, Cheryl Long
April 4 – General Meeting at 7 P.M. “Necessity is the Mother of Invention”; speaker: Summit County Historical Society Presenter;
Hostesses: Lila Smucker, Joanne Turner
Sunday, April 17 - Hymns of Dixieland Concert at 2 P.M. at Historic Church of God
May 2 - General Meeting at 7 P.M. “Wicked Women of Northeast Ohio”; Author Jane Turzillo; Hostesses: Carole Martin, Nita Downey
Sunday, May 15– Open House – Donor Appreciation Day 1:30 to 4 P.M.
June 6 – General Meeting, Trip to Bucyrus Copper Kettle Works and the historic Scroggs House, a Victorian home; Eat at a restaurant in Bucyrus; DEPARTURE TIME TO BE ANNOUNCED
July 4 - No General Meeting Due to Holiday
August 1 – General Meeting – Tour the Alpine Hills Museum in Sugarcreek; eat at the Carlisle Inn in Sugar Creek. DEPARTURE TIME TO BE ANNOUNCED
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.
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