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Smithville Community Historical Society, P.O. Box 12, Smithville, OH   44677
Phone: 330 669
Last updated 15 Nov 2016
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Announcement!  The Smithville Community Historical Society will be decorating the Pioneer Village for the Christmas holiday on Friday, November 18 at 9 A.M. We would like of you that are planning on helping Decorate on Friday, November 18 from 9 to noon to please bring wire cutters and ladders.  Most of the decorations are wired on due to windy conditions.  The more people we have help the quicker we will get this done and have our Pioneer Village looking beautiful for the season.

We will do the inside decorations on Tuesday November 29 from 9 to noon.

Please come and be part of the fun!!!

Smithville, OhioChristmas Tree, Smithville, Ohio

Christmas in the Village
Our small “Pioneer Village” in Smithville is starting to look a lot like Christmas, yes Christmas in the mid-1800s. The village will be decorated inside and outside for all to enjoy the weekend of December 3 from 6 to 8:30 P.M. and Sunday, December 4 from 1:30 to 4 P.M. There will be gifts for children and some things for all. Our Tinsmith and Potter are working very hard as Santa’s helpers making items for all. The Sheller House will be filled with music as Dorothy Hodgdon and family present music of the season. On Sunday, Lila Smucker will be playing many of the historic Christmas songs on the 1873 Schantz Organ. There will be the fragrance of not only the pine used in decorating but some old fashion beverages will help warm your heart and spirit. Our early log cabin will be decorated much as it would have been by our early settlers. The fire will be lit in the fireplace to warm your hands and maybe more. To the Lydo Barn we go to see the antique sleigh and much more. The historic Church of God will be decorated preparing for the church service (no actual service). On Sunday, December 4 at 3:30 P.M. the Orrville Community Band will present its annual Christmas Concert with many beautiful songs to bring out the holiday spirit. Conductor John Robertson and the band members perform for other events but are a favorite of the residents of Smithville. The Caboose Children’s Museum will pay tribute to the iconic Teddy Bear that is loved by one and all. Then visit the Depot for your favorite model railroad by Bill Moss. During your tour watch for the Santa Claus signs to see where you might meet with the jolly gentleman. Our latest Log Cabin will not be open as it is not completed on the inside, but decorated on the outside. Its Grand Opening will be at our May Open House. Then take a ride on the 1920s Kid Wagon to the Mishler Weaving Mill, the Model-T Museum and our Gift Shop to round out your Holiday Experience. The Kid Wagon will provide transportation between the buildings both days of the event. Is there a better way to get you in the Christmas Spirit? This is the society’s gift to the community as it is free to all visitors.


The general meeting of the Smithville Community Historical will be held on Monday, December 5, at 7 P.M. in the Historic Church of God. This is a special time of the year as we have just completed Christmas in the Village and are ready to relax. A special musical program will be presented by the East Chippewa Brethren Church Brass Ensemble, a no better place for them to present their music selections for all to hear. We will hold our annual cookie exchange asking all members to bring cookies to share and the officers will provide the beverages.

During our brief business meeting members will be brought up to date on the Log Home donated by the Schneider family and our new rental property. Please come and enjoy an evening that will put anyone in the holiday spirit.

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

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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