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Smithville Community Historical Society, P.O. Box 12, Smithville, OH   44677
Phone: 330 669
Last updated 30 Aug 2015
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Up-Coming Events

Open House

Please join us on Sunday, September 20 from 1:30 to 4 P.M. as we pay tribute to the Model-T and the many conversions that were created for this classic-workhorse of the automotive industry. We are fortunate to have two examples, of the many conversions to the Model-T on display, at the Model-T Museum adjoining the Mishler Weaving Mill.

The members of the Greater AkronArea Model-T Club will assemble the chassis and motor of a Model-T in record time. In the past year, two Conversion Model-T’s, were added to the display. In researching the epic conversions of this classic car, they were converted to our first mobile camping vehicle, winter travel by adding sled runners, a blade was added for snow removal, transformed to trucks and tractors and many other uses for the growing industrial and family nation of the early 1900’s. When the call for safety equipment came, the Model-T was converted to fire engines. With all of the modernizing, people had more leisure time so the Model-T was converted to some of the first affordable race cars. This day is surely to be enjoyed by the car lover.
   The Pioneer Village will be open with craftsmen in the Blacksmith Shop, Pottery Shop, and Tin Shop.  Come and watch these craftsmen create items that may make a wonderful handmade Holiday Gift.

The Smithville Community Historical Society offers these events free of charge, but donations are always accepted to maintain the historic structures.

Special Event


A program presented by the Smithville Community Historical Society, on Sunday Evening October 4, 2015 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.

*Note, there will not be a general membership meeting in September.*



 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


October 5th--Annual picnic at Rex and Diane Miller's farm; supper at 5:30;  bring table service and a dish to share;  Program:  TBA

November 2nd--"History of Pioneer Cooking";  speaker, Michael Hocker;  Hostesses:  Nancy King, Patty McFadden, 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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