By admin | September 30, 2009
My mother is from Northwestern Ohio and I spent some time there as a child, but really did not get out and around much to see the local sights. I was driving on the Ohio turnpike and saw the signs at Exit 91 for the birthplace of Rutherford B. Hayes. Needing a break and hoping the house and museum were fairly close to the highway, I decided to stop.
It was worth it. Spiegel Grove, the name of the homestead, is about 4 miles from the turnpike. The directions given to me by the turnpike guy were wilding inaccurate, but once in town there are some scattered signs pointing the way.
The comfortably upper middle class house that President Hayes lived in is in pristine shape and contains many of the original furnishings. His presidential library and museum are a short walk across the lawn.
Since I got there late in the day, I only had about 15 minutes in the museum. I learned that he was a respected Union general and that he kept in touch with many of the men that fought under him.
Other than the Hayes site, there doesn’t appear to be much to see in Fremont and I found it somewhat shabby and rundown while driving back to the Ohio turnpike.
But, if you are driving in the area and have a few hours to spare, it is worth a stop.
Restrooms at the Hayes site: A-