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Smithville Community Historical Society,
P.O. Box 12, Smithville, OH   44677
Phone: 330 669-9308 
Last updated 13 Sep 2017
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Downey Pioneer Visitors Center
The main floor of the Downey Pioneer Visitors Center will now be open for the Open Houses and Farm Tour.

Open House on September 17
The Smithville Community Historical Society will hold their Open House On Sunday, September 17 from 1:30 to 4 P.M. all of the buildings will be open at the “Pioneer Village” and Mishler Weaving Mill.

Mocel TOnSunday, September 17 at 3 P.M.  The Greater Akron Area Model-T Club will have their tear-down car in pieces on the lawn in front of the Mishler Weaving Mill and at 3 P.M. they will put it back together and have it running in 5 minutes.  They will also be adding a treasure found in a barn near Shreve, a 1926 Model-T to their exhibit area.  Come and see what else has been added.

We will feature the Greater Akron Area Model-T Museum located next to the Mishler Weaving Mill at 381 E. Main Street.  We are inviting anyone with classic, vintage or antique automobiles to please bring them and park them on the lawn at the Weaving Mill to share their beauty will everyone.

The membership of the Greater Akron Area Model-T Club have been busy adding more items relating to the Model-T to their displays and members will be on hand to tell the story of the largest produced automobile model, fifteen million until, it was surpassed in 1966 by the Volkswagen aka “Beetle”.
 Model-T owners found that they could easily convert the Model-T for other uses; in total, there were 31 conversion kits sold on the after market. Some of these conversions were; dump truck, cement trucks, ambulances, tractors and more.  When showing the Model-T to our school children we pose several questions to them, asking what MPH (miles per hour)means, what RPM (revolutions per minute) means, what is an assembly line, and what does conversion mean.  For 19 years the Model-T was a staple of American's life and still bring a smile to people's faces as through the years they had nicknames “Tin Lizzie,” “Leaping Lena,” and “The Fliver.”

The Smithville Stars Vintage Base Ball team will play Base Ball 1868 style against the Akron Black Stockings at 1:30 P.M. on the field behind the Irvin Pioneer Cabin. Bring your blankets or chairs and enjoy this game of fun.

For those who are interested in crafts of the past that are seeing renewed interest, visit our Blacksmiths Shop, Pottery Shop, Tin Shop, Weaver in the Sheller House, and our Wheelwright in his shop. Visit the Depot, Caboose and Church of God and see what has been added in those buildings.

The Lydo Barn can lead you on quite the hunt discovering the various tools that our local farmers used to run the family farm.

We add one last group to the mix for this Open House; Norma Trotter and Friends will be playing on the lawn in front of the Irvin Pioneer Cabin, bring your chair to relax and listen to their music. A great afternoon of Free, Family Fun.

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.

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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