The Henry County Historical Society was 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 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, the Ag Building, Smokehouse, and our most recent addition 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 c. 1879 and has been totally restored and serves as the main museum for the HCHS.
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!
Prohibition: The Experience
It is hard to imagine a time when the U.S. Government made it illegal to sell, distribute, or consume alcohol. That is just what they did in 1919 when prohibition became the law of the land. The HCHS is planning a NEW exhibit Prohibition: The Experience coming fall 2019 to the Carriage House Museum! The exhibit will feature rare brewana from the collections of Rob Lawson, Taylor Moyer, and the HCHS archives. View original beverage crates, glass bottles, and cans from Defiance’s Diehl Brewery, Napoleon Tietjen’s Brewery, and Toledo Buckeye Beer. Historical photography, period clothing, and more will help provide a glimpse back to an era of prohibition!
Heller Hospital 100th Anniversary
The Henry County Historical Society is highlighting this month the 100th anniversary of the Heller Memorial Hospital by re-printing a 1969 article from the Defiance Crescent-News. The hospital (below in 1969) was the second facility on the site in downtown Napoleon. It was subsequently razed and a new hospital built east of town on SR 424. You can read this interesting story here.
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