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!


WE AREN’T KIDDING! January 2020 is our annual membership drive and renewal! It is a time to send in dues and make that special commitment to helping us preserve Henry County and Northwest Ohio history. With your membership your money helps preserve our historic buildings and artifacts. It helps us host special fundraiser events and help print our newsletter. Your money keeps the lights on and the heating and air-conditioning running. Your money allows us to provide field trips, special events programming, and so much more! No matter where the money goes your support of the HCHS is greatly appreciated!

To join, download the Membership Application Form from the “About Us” tab. Follow the instructions on it, print it, and return it with a check to the following address:

Henry County Historical Society
P.O. Box 443
Napoleon, OH 43545

Please remember to include your email address on the membership form. We promise to use it for official business only.

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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