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Smithville Community Historical Society, P.O. Box 12, Smithville, OH   44677
Phone: 330 669
Last updated 5 Oct 2016
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   The Smithville Community Historical Society will hold an Open House on Saturday, October 15, from 1:30 to 4 P.M.  This is our annual Apple Butter Making Day with the fire started at 6 A.M.  We will boil down cider, and then add apples which the members prepared, then stirring the mix until late afternoon.  When it is ready for tasting samples will be passed out.  We will be baking items in the outdoor brick baking oven which was used by many early settlers because it required a high temperature for proper baking.
  This spring the society was asked if we could use a Horizontal Saw powered by a Galloway 7 engine, the donation was accepted from the Romich Family.  The saw was used by a basket factory in Creston to cut trees into slats that were used in the making of baskets.  The saw will once again come to life so visitors can see how it operated.
  Apple Butter making and the running of the Horizontal Saw will be two of at least 6 crafts, with  music being played all at the Pioneer Village.  The Mishler Weaving Mill and Model-T Museum will be open at 381 E. Main Street.  For an afternoon of seeing how things were done in an earlier time, stepping back in time, come and observe trades from the past, and you might even get a chance to stir the steaming kettle of apple butter.

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

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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