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The Woodward Opera House

Historic Significance of the Woodward

Research has shown that the Woodward is America’s Oldest Authentic 19th Century Theater still standing (there are no original pre-19th century theaters in America). Updated historical investigation has moved the first performance date in the Woodward Hall back to at least December 8-10th, 1851.

National Ranking of the Woodward

The Woodward is the recipient of two federal “Save America’s Treasures” (SAT) grants. This particular grant is only for those projects recognized as being of national historic significance. Receipt of the grant is competitive and is measured against all other national projects from every part of the preservation universe. As a result, VERY FEW preservation projects receive SAT funding.

The Save America’s Treasures (SAT) grant program, started in 1999, has awarded 908 grants to 897 projects in the United States through 2006.

Phase 4 is Next - Theater Restoration & Annex Expansion Phase

The interior of the theater will be authentically restored. Additional structure will be added to the facility in the rear portion of the annex building permitting access to the stage area, adding arts support space, and permitting the addition of accessible elevators and required stairwells. The State of Ohio has awarded the project a $1.2 million grant for this portion of the project. Theater will be operational when done.


The Woodward Opera House
107 South Main Street

Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050

Phone Number(s)

Local Number: (740) 392-6102

Special Hours: See website for open dates and times for tours.







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