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Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center

The state of Ohio is referred to as the "Mother of Presidents" because eight of its native sons - more than any other state - have served as U.S. President.  Ohio also can lay claim to the FIRST presidential library in the nation - the Rutherford B. Hayes Library/Museum in Fremont. The library opened to the public May 30, 1916. This memorial to 19th President Rutherford B. Hayes actually served as a model for later presidential libraries, in particular the second presidential library in the nation - the FDR Library. Often overlooked because it is not part of the federal system of presidential libraries, the Hayes Library/Museum is independently owned and operated. Major additions in 1922 and 1968 brought the Hayes Museum & Library to its present configuration of exhibit galleries, Research Library, and storage areas totaling 52,640 feet.

In 1965, President Hayes' descendants donated the 31-room Hayes Home for use as a house-museum. Today, visitors to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center can tour the Hayes Home (in 2012 restored to its 19th Century appearance) and the Hayes Museum, utilize the vast resources of the Hayes Library, visit the President's burial site, see the original White House gates, and walk through 25-acres of President Hayes' beloved "Spiegel Grove" estate. Admission fees are charged for Hayes Home and Museum tours. The Library and grounds can be accessed for free. *NOTE: Home tours take place on the half hour, with the first tour at 9:30 a.m. (Tues.-Sat.) and 12:30 (Sun. & holidays). The final tour of each day begins at 4 p.m.
Address

Hayes Presidential Center at Spiegel Grove
1337 Hayes Ave

Fremont, Ohio 43420

Phone Number(s)

Toll-Free: (800) 998-7737
Local Number: (419) 332-2081
Fax: (419) 332-4952

E-mail Address(es)

nkleinhenz@rbhayes.org
jmaiberger@rbhayes.org
jmaiberger@rbhayes.org

Hours

Sunday: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Special Hours: Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

Website(s)

Homepage
Facebook

Admission

Adults: 7.50
Per building ticket price.
Senior: 6.50
Per building ticket price for ages 60+
Children: 3.00
Per building ticket price for children ages 6 to 12
Adult combination ticket: 13.00
Includes admission to Hayes Home & Museum
Senior combination ticket: 12.00
Includes admission to Hayes Home & Museum
Childrens combination ticket: 5.00
Includes admission to Hayes Home & Museum
Adults: 7.50
12 and over

Accepted Forms of Payment

Cash, Check, Discover, Mastercard, Visa

Special Offers

Hayes Presidential Center Military Discount
Starts: 7/23/2009
Ends: No End Date
To show our appreciation to those who protect our nation, the Hayes Presidential Center offers special rates to active duty service people, their spouses & their dependant children.

Parking

FREE

Hayes Home exterior

The 31-room mansion of 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes recently underwent a restoration, returning the home to its 19th Century glory.


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  • Hayes Presidential Center Military Discount

    To show our appreciation to those who protect our nation, the Hayes Presidential Center offers special rates to active duty service people, their spouses & their dependant children.

    Military adult $3.25 per building, $6.50 combo Military Child (6-12 $1.50 per building, $2.50 combo

DiscoverOhio Itineraries

  • One State, Eight Presidents
    by Discover Ohio

    In the 50 years before the roaring 1920s, 10 men were elected President, eight hailed from Ohio--giving the state its nickname, "Mother of Presidents." From Civil War hero Gen. Ulysses S. Grant to Warren G. Harding, the list of Ohio presidents includes some of the most influential leaders in history.

    Whether you’re a history buff or just patriotic, you can embark on a multi-day journey visiting monuments and paying tribute to the nation’s former leaders.

    On Day One, visit the home of President Garfield and the National McKinley Birthplace Memorial, a 232-foot by 136-foot marble memorial. Don’t forget to stop by the National First Ladies’ Library.

    On Day Two, travel to the Hayes Presidential Center, which includes a museum, as well as the Hayes Tomb. Then venture to the Warren Harding Memorial.

    Day Three takes off at the National Air Force Museum. Check out the retired “Air Force One” that carried President Kennedy’s body to Washington, D.C.

    On Day Four, travel to the Cincinnati-area to visit the birthplace and boyhood homes of Presidents William Howard Taft and Ulysses S. Grant.

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