Bloomfield Home ca. 1879
Dr. John Bloomfield Home, ca. 1894

The Henry County Historical Society formed in 1970 to protect, preserve, and perpetuate the history of Henry County, Ohio, to learn about and preserve the artifacts of the county, and to generate interest in the past of the county.

Today the HCHS operates two historic museum sites in Napoleon, Ohio.

The first being the Historic Complex at the Henry County Fairgrounds. This site contains several historic buildings and structures include the Nathaniel Hartman Log Home c. 1860-1866, the 1897 Emmanuel Lutheran One Room Schoolhouse & Museum, the Ag Building, Smokehouse, and the c. 1910 Historic Gazebo.

The HCHS’s primary location is the beautiful Victorian Queen Anne style Dr. John Bloomfield Home & Carriage House Museum located at  229 W Clinton St, Napoleon, Ohio across from the Napoleon Public Library. The Home was built in 1894 and has been totally restored and serves as the main museum for the HCHS.

The Nathaniel Hartman Log Home c. 1860-1866

All of the HCHS facilities have been restored to their near-original appearance and house large collections of period furnishings, textiles, china, silver, and more dating from the early 1800s through the 1930s.

So what are you waiting for? Check out and enjoy our website and we hope you visit our sites in person!

Temporary Closure

Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, now Mercy College of Ohio, opened in 1918 with its first class of 10 during a period of great need for nurses and other medical professionals to treat flu patients. This photography, from around 1920, shows students and staff on the front steps of Mercy Hospital on Madison Avenue in uptown Toledo, Ohio.

In response to heightened concerns relating to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and as a matter of care for the health and safety of our volunteers, staff, visitors, community, and county, the HCHS has cancelled all events and programming for 2020.

We will continue to monitor the situation and re-evaluate, based on additional information and recommendations from public officials.

Please check our website and social media channels for updates.
We look forward to welcoming our staff and visitors back to the Museum in 2021.


Henry County Historical Society Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Thank you Ohio House of Representatives for recognizing the Henry County Historical Society’s 50th anniversary! This declaration of recognition was presented to former President Tom Jenny by total surprise. It was a true surprise to all of us! 

The HCHS formed in 1970 with a goal to preserve, promote, and perpetuate the history of Henry County, Ohio. The organization is a 501c3 and operates two museum sites in Henry County, Ohio. The 1894 Dr. John Bloomfield Home & Carriage House Museum in downtown Napoleon and the Historic Complex at the Henry County Fairgrounds. 

Between both locations the HCHS owns 7 historic structures dating between 1860 through the 1930s. We also have one unique Heller-Aller Windmill located at our fairgrounds location. The HCHS over the years has preserved hundreds of artifacts from our ancient American Indian collection dating back over 1,200 years old to our furnishings from the 1830s through 1930s. China, silver, paintings, textiles, photography collections, and so much more! 

While Covid-19 has shut our museums down for the summer we are still active on social media sharing important history, artifacts, stories and more. We hope you’ll celebrate with us this milestone for our organization and be prepared for an exciting 2021 as we prepare for an excellent schedule of events!

Henry County’s Bicentennial – 2020

Henry County was formed in 1820. While settlement was slow the construction of the Miami-Erie Canal in 1843 brought economic development and new settlers into the region. Throughout 2020 the HCHS will feature special events programming, historic talks, tours, and more featuring 200 years of Henry County history. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the HCHS! Check out our events tab for special events information for these truly historic celebrations!

Architect David Gibbs designed the present Courthouse in an Empire Style. It was built of limestone and locally made brick at a cost of $95,000. The cornerstone was laid on July 10, 1880, and the building was completed in 1882.

Today the Courthouse is still open and functions as the head of the County. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is known as one of the finest and most beautiful courthouses in all of Ohio!

This Information was provided by the Napoleon Heritage Society.

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