The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is a sight to behold in this modern era of presidential libraries. Barely a speck of a land in a town most people can’t even find on a map. Yet even though it maybe a nothing of land compared to the multi-million dollar libraries of the modern presidents, it still has a lot to offer.
The museum itself starts off with a small section on the life of Hayes. It tells about his presidency, his legacy, and the like. The basement delves into his times and what life was like in the mid to late 19th century. This is where some of the most interesting of the artifacts are housed. Guns, cannons, Uniforms, toys tell about the era the President lived in.
The house is large for the area, which seems to have grown up around it. The inside is decorated as it would have been when the Hayes family lived in it. Beyond that it is nothing special. It is like most other houses of the era. Spiegel Grove, the name for Hayes gave to the property, is a 25 acre park surrounding the mansion. It is mostly wooded land. Located inside it is the tomb of President Rutherford B. Hayes and his wife.
Over all the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is an interesting place to visit. If not to just learn the history of one of Ohio’s presidents but to learn a little bit more about American history itself.