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Smithville Community Historical Society, P.O. Box 12, Smithville, OH   44677
Phone: 330 669
Last updated 7 Oct 2015
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Up-Coming Events

Special Event


A program presented by the Smithville Community Historical Society, on Sunday Evening October 4, 2015  also October 11, 18, & 25 at 7:00 P.M. at the Historic Church of God at 147 N. Milton St., Smithville. This is a study of how the faith of our founding fathers and the women behind them played a pivotal role in establishing this new nation and continues. Does faith continue to be a factor in our society?   This program is based on the television series, ‘Faith in History’ hosted by Bill Federer a Christian historian and lecturer. We will experience a half hour lecture followed by discussion.  Faith in History may be viewed Monday thru Friday at 6:30 P.M. on TCT-TV, Dish Network #47 and is also available on ‘”.   Bring your study Bible, notebook, cell phone, and a copy of the U.S. Constitution.

Open House

apple butter
Curt Deibel, Joe Irvin and Ralph Smucker stirring the Apple Butter

October is Apple Butter Month

On Saturday, October 17 Open House from 1:30 to 4 P.M. will be our traditional open fire apple butter stirring which will take place at the “Pioneer Village.”  We will have a special exhibit of “Toys created by Donald Irvin”.  The collection will be on display at the reception center and The Irvin’s will be on hand to answer questions about the toys they created here in Wayne County.  Of course our craftsmen and weavers will be on hand to demonstrate their trades. Our “Village Pottery,” is creating new designs for the upcoming holiday seasons.

Update!  It is time for Apple Butter making at the Smithville Community Historical Society.  On Saturday, October 17, 1:30 to 4 P.M.  At the Pioneer Village, the Apple  Butter will simmer over a open fire and once it is ready, visitors will be allowed to sample this stable of the early settlers.  The buildings at the Pioneer Village will be open and craftsmen demonstrating their crafts.  A special exhibit of Katahdin lambs owned by Phil Maasz will be on display.
Once again we will have a special exhibit at the Reception Center at the Mishler Weaving Mill.  Toys that have become very collectible which were made by Donald and Erma Irvin of Burbank.  The toys were designed by Donald and then cast in aluminum by the Orr-Cast Company at Orrville.  The toys consisted of tractors, farm tools, horse drawn tools and equipment used for oil well drilling.  The most popular was a Case Steam Engine of which about 3,000 were  produced.  The production took place between 1974 and 2000 with 33 models being created.  Donald and Erma have retired and sold the molds for the toys.   Donald’s cousin, Joe Irvin has collected all but 3 of the toys and will have them on display at the Reception Center.  This collection is truly “Wayne County’s Toys.”

On Monday November 2 at 7 P.M. we will once again be meeting at the Historic Church of God for our monthly meeting.  After a brief business meeting we will have a program presented by Michael Hooker of the Historic Lincoln Highway Association.  This program will be “History of Pioneer Cooking.”

Our hostesses will be Nancy King, Patty McFadden and Dorine Widder.


The Dedication service for the Veterans Memorial in Smithville will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2014  The ceremony will take place at 2 P.M. next to the Mishler Weaving Mill, 381 E. Main St., Smithville, Ohio.  Please enter the park west of Smithville Brethren  Church.  The Smithville High School Band in uniform will perform; 555th Honors Detachment of Wayne County will be on hand.  A dedication Choir formed from Smithville area churches will perform.  All local veterans organizations will be represented.  Rolling Thunder motorcycle chapter will be there, and a Flyover of civilian planes is planned.  For further information or clarification contact Dana Keirstead at 330-669-2514 or email



 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


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 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.


Sun. May 17 - Acquisition Appreciation Day; All buildings will be open 1:30 to 4 P.M. admission is free.

Sat. June 20 -
Wheelwright Shop opening and much more!

Sun.July 19 – Orrville Band

Sat. Aug. 15 –
Saturday, August 15 Annual Antiques Market

Sun. Sept.20- Model T Day

Sat. Oct. 17 – Apple Butter


Hours for Open Houses 1:30 – 4:00 P.M.

Admission – Donation



All of our buildings are open to celebrate an old-fashion Christmas.  Many activities, old-time decorations, and Santa Claus, too!

Sat. December 5 – 6pm - 8:30pm
Sun. December 6 – 1:30pm – 4:00 pm


Thanks to all the Volunteers who make this possible!

 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

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

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




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

November 2nd--On Monday November 2 at 7 P.M. we will once again be meeting at the Historic Church of God for our monthly meeting.  After a brief business meeting we will have a program presented by Michael Hooker of the Historic Lincoln Highway Association.  This program will be “History of Pioneer Cooking.” Our hostesses will be Nancy King, Patty McFadden and Dorine Widder.

December 7th--"Christmas, 1941"; reminisce with us as we remember the Pearl Harbor event; entertainers:  Sweet Spirit quartet performing WWII and Christmas songs;  members' cookie exchange;  officers provide beverages;  members are encouraged to bring small WWII items to display and/or to dress in 1940's clothing

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