Waterville Historical Society

your connection to the past

The Waterville Historical Society collects, preserves, provides access to, interprets and fosters an appreciation of history that has an impact on the Waterville, Ohio and surrounding area.

Open House and Walking Tour
Aug
25
9:00 AM09:00

Open House and Walking Tour

                 Esther Glee Pollock

The Robbins House and Sargent house will be open for tours on August 25th from 9am-12 noon. The WWI exhibits will be in the Robbins House for viewing. There is a picture of Esther “Glee” Pollock (1892-1918) on display. She was the eighth child of James and Mary (Barnett) Pollock. She attended the Barnett School, at the corner of Heller and Box Road and later taught school for a short time near Waterville. “Glee” decided on a nursing career. She graduated from the old Flower Hospital School of Nursing on June 1, 1915. She served as an Army nurse in World War I. In 1918 while stationed in Kentucky she caught the “flu” and on October 13, 1918 she died. This was during the nation-wide influenza epidemic that killed thousands across the country. There is a WW I nurses uniform in the upstairs at the Robbins House that probably many of the nurses wore during this time.

The downtown tour will meet at Robbins House at 10 AM for a shuttle ride and the Uptown walking tour meets at Wakeman Hall at 12 noon. The Wakeman Archival Research Center will be open from 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday as well as every Wednesday from 10 AM to 2 PM.  This event is free and open to the public. Come and join us!

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"Ghostly Encounters V"
Oct
10
6:30 PM18:30

"Ghostly Encounters V"

Back by popular demand, some of “residents” of Wakeman Cemetery will return to join us live on Wednesday, October 10, 6:30 PM for a fifth year of “Ghostly Encounters.” Rain Date: October 17th.

Bring a lawn chair to sit upon & a blanket to ward off chills! Our stage will consist of a grassy, relatively level and grave marker-free area. In case of inclement weather, come to the Wakeman Building, 401 Farnsworth Road at 6:30 p.m. Thanks to the Waterville Gas & Oil Company for allowing free parking in their lot across the street.

The Ghostly Encounters will once again feature “permanent residents” who were selected not necessarily on the basis of their importance in local history, but in respect to the interesting life stories they can tell. Refreshments to follow in the basement of the Presbyterian Church next door where church members will serve refreshments, including hot chocolate, and cast members will be introduced.

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Open Houses and Walking Tours
Jul
28
9:30 AM09:30

Open Houses and Walking Tours

Robbins & Sargent Houses + exhibits open from 9 AM to Noon -  Downtown walking tour starts at the Robbins house, 114 River Road at 9 AM - Uptown walking tour starts at Wakeman Hall at 401 Farnsworth Road at 12:00 noon  - Wakeman Archival Center.  Wakeman Archival Center will be open from 10 AM to 2 PM

Special guests invited to view the exhibits in the Robbins and Sargent House museums at 114 and 118 S. River Road, include the hundreds of AW Alumni who are still in the area or may be visiting from afar..

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Open Houses and Walking Tours
Jun
30
9:00 AM09:00

Open Houses and Walking Tours

Robbins & Sargent Houses + exhibits open from 9 AM to Noon -  Downtown walking tour starts at the Robbins house, 114 River Road at 9 AM - Uptown walking tour starts at Wakeman Hall at 401 Farnsworth Road at 12:00 noon  - Wakeman Archival Center.  Wakeman Archival Center will be open from 10 AM to 2 PM

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John Pray Day and Music in the Park
Jun
24
2:00 PM14:00

John Pray Day and Music in the Park

The Waterville Historical Society presents a “John Pray Day” Celebration in Conrad Park to commemorate the arrival of John Pray to our area 200 years ago in 1818.  Activities will take place from 2-5:00 and will include a Bounce House, Kids games and yard game, face painting and education opportunities for kids of all ages as well as John Pray himself telling stories. 

Then, from 6-8:00, the Waterville Friends of the Library, Waterville Historical Society and Heartland of Waterville are hosting a “Music in the Park” featuring Buddy Love & the Coconuts. Eric's Ice Cream and Rosie's Rolling Chef will be serving up fresh deliciousness during the concert. What a great way to spend a Sunday in your own hometown! 

 

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Open Houses and Walking Tours
May
19
9:00 AM09:00

Open Houses and Walking Tours

Don’t miss the new WWI displays at the Robbins House at 114 S. River Rd. in Waterville.  On the first floor are mannequins with uniforms and a very special set of stereographic photos of both Allies & Axis soldiers.  Upstairs features displays on propaganda, life on the home front, and information on the Red Cross, including an authentic nursing uniform.  Plus, the Sargent house next door has a new display of tools that came from the Rupp Canal Store.  Lots to see and learn at our River Road campus!!

Robbins & Sargent Houses + exhibits open from 9 AM to Noon -  Downtown walking tour starts at the Robbins house, 114 River Road at 9 AM - Uptown walking tour starts at Wakeman Hall at 401 Farnsworth Road at 12:00 noon  - Wakeman Archival Center.  Wakeman Archival Center will be open from 10 AM to 2 PM

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Finding Your Relatives Using Online Cemetery Resources
May
16
7:00 PM19:00

Finding Your Relatives Using Online Cemetery Resources

                        Wakeman Cemetery

The Wednesday, May 16 program from The Waterville Historical Society will be “Finding Your Relatives Using Online Cemetery Resources”, by Don Hengen.  This free program will be presented at Wakeman Hall, 401 Farnsworth Road in Waterville at 7 p.m. 

The program will cover two national and several other local cemetery indexes that are found on the internet.  Also the use of Findagrave.com. 

Mr. Hengen is a native of Nebraska, but has been in NW Ohio for 30 years, and has spent much of his retirement traveling the Midwest researching his descendants.  He is a member of local Genealogy Societies and has served as president of the Genealogy by Computer Society.  He began contributing to Findagrave in 2009 and has photographed 4 cemeteries and half of two others, including Waterville’s Wakeman Cemetery. 

Refreshments will be served following the program.  

 

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Open Houses and Walking Tours
Apr
28
9:00 AM09:00

Open Houses and Walking Tours

Robbins & Sargent Houses + exhibits open from 9 AM to Noon. The exhibits will be an overview of WW I and the local participation in it. Many of the items will be that which Al Graf brought back from overseas. Bill Albert will have a display of stereoscopic pictures and viewers that visitors will be able to use. 

Downtown walking tour starts at the Robbins house, 114 River Road at 9 AM - Uptown walking tour starts at Wakeman Hall at 401 Farnsworth Road at 12:00 noon  - Wakeman Archival Center.  Wakeman Archival Center will be open from 10 AM to 2 PM

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John Pray by Jim Conrad
Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

John Pray by Jim Conrad

June 25, 2018 will mark the 200th anniversary of John Pray’s arrival to Waterville as a settler.  In recognition of his role as the city’s founder, the Waterville Historical Society will sponsor several events this year in his honor.  On Wednesday, April 18, “An Evening with John Pray, Esquire:  The Founder of Waterville” will be presented by Jim Conrad, WHS President and re-enactor.  The program is free to the public and will be held at Browning Masonic Community, 8883 Browning Drive at 7:00 PM. 

Pray’s small party consisted only of himself (age 34), his 28 year-old wife Lucy, four children ages 14 months to seven years, and an 8 year-old nephew.  They traveled by wagon from Smithfield, New York to Buffalo and by schooner to the site of Fort Meigs.  A day later they found sanctuary at a spare cabin built by settler James Calendar Adams at the corner of Dutch and River Roads. 

The program seeks to portray the events surrounding the development and growth of Waterville as seen through the eyes of Pray—explorer, speculator, farmer, realtor, and industrialist.  In keeping with his sense of humor, every attempt will be made to humanize and breathe life into this extraordinary visionary.     

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Granite City Day March 25th for WHS
Mar
25
9:00 AM09:00

Granite City Day March 25th for WHS

We are ready to announce our first 20% of everything at Granite City on Sunday, March 25th will be donated to WHS. Granite City Food and Brewery is located near the theaters at Fallen Timbers Mall. We have been promised that no other organizations will be permitted to share "our day." The trick is that you must tell the server or give him/her the flyer that announces our benefit. The 20%  includes alcoholic beverages along with all else. Brunch is 9 AM-2 PM; menus available all day from 9 AM-9 PM and this counts on carryout orders as well! Print out flyer as reminder or to share w/friends.

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P.O. Box 263,  Waterville, OH  43566            whs43566@outlook.com

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