Canal Fulton Heritage Society

Canal Fulton Heritage Society To collect archives and educate about the history of Canal Fulton.

Our History: In 1968 a group of Canal Fulton citizens who were concerned that their local history and tradition would become lost to future generations united together to form the Canal Fulton Heritage Society. It was incorporated as a 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization that would “advance, encourage and promote the design, development and preservation of an historically attractive environment for the Village of Canal Fulton, Ohio and its environs.” Since that time, a Board of Trustees, members, and volunteers have worked together to create and maintain the unique attractiveness offered by this historic area. Operations: The Heritage Society owns and maintains several properties in the area including the William Blank House on Canal Street, built in 1901; the Oberlin House built in 1847; and the Heritage House Museum which displays canal era memorabilia, photos, and history. For 40 years, the Heritage Society operated the Historic Canal Boat rides be-fore passing the operation over to the City of Canal Fulton to continue our legacy. Membership Benefits: Membership involvement is very important to Heritage Society Functions. It is only with community involvement and local support that the Heritage Society can continue to fulfill its mission. **Membership and donations are Tax-Deductible** Members also receive these benefits: • Ride the St. Helena III for FREE. • 10% discount on gift shop purchases • Advance notice of coming events • Free Oberlin House Museum and Heritage House Museum Tours • Eligible for Gladys Mitchell Scholarship • The pride that comes from helping to encourage and protect YOUR local heritage. Membership Application Personal Membership Levels: _____ Lifetime Members $1,000 _____ Contributing $100 _____ Sustaining $50 _____ Family $25 _____ Individual $15 _____ Senior Couple $15 _____ Senior Single $10 _____ Student $10 ____ Volunteer: 12 hours (or more) of service per year. Business Membership Levels: _____ Lock Keeper $1,000 _____ Helmsman $500 _____ Mule Driver $250 _____ Path Tender $100 Name(s):_____________________ ____________________________ Address (Street, City State, Zip): ____________________________ ____________________________ Phone:_______________________ Email: _______________________ Please make checks payable to: Canal Fulton Heritage Society 116 S. Canal Street, Canal Fulton, OH 44614

Our saltbox has a new top!  Have you noticed the new roof on the Oberlin House Museum?  The Canal Fulton Heritage Societ...
11/16/2019

Our saltbox has a new top! Have you noticed the new roof on the Oberlin House Museum? The Canal Fulton Heritage Society (CFHS) won a 60/40 matching grant from the Ohio History Connection to fund this project. That means the CFHS raised 40% of the funds from local donors like you.

This project was made possible in part by the Ohio History Fund, a grant program of the Ohio History Connection. The Ohio History Fund is made possible by voluntary donations of state income tax refunds, sales of Ohio History "mastodon" license plates, and other donations. Thank you for your support of this fund, and of the CFHS!

If you know where this is, please "Like."  If you know the name of the structure, or have ever been in it, please commen...
09/20/2019

If you know where this is, please "Like." If you know the name of the structure, or have ever been in it, please comment. This is a pre-project survey.

Monday evening, Sept. 16th, we went on a "field trip" to Spring Hill Historic Home in Massillon. After an informative an...
09/18/2019

Monday evening, Sept. 16th, we went on a "field trip" to Spring Hill Historic Home in Massillon. After an informative and delightful tour, we enjoyed delicious desserts provided by Cindy Bogacius. Thanks for organizing this wonderful visit, Cindy!

The Canal Fulton Heritage Society is one of only ten this year to be awarded an Ohio History Fund grant!  Money for the ...
03/18/2019
Recipients

The Canal Fulton Heritage Society is one of only ten this year to be awarded an Ohio History Fund grant! Money for the grants comes from you, who can contribute in three ways: 1) by donating a portion of your state income tax refund to the Ohio History Fund (the “tax check-off”), 2) by purchasing Ohio History “mastodon” license plates, and 3) by making donations to the Ohio History Connection designated to the “Ohio History Fund.” The more you contribute, the more the Ohio History Fund will have to grant.

Congratulations to all Ohio History Fund grant recipients!

Antique Appraisal today!  Andrew Richmond will appraise your treasures, $5 per item.  Supports the Canal Fulton Heritage...
03/09/2019

Antique Appraisal today! Andrew Richmond will appraise your treasures, $5 per item. Supports the Canal Fulton Heritage Society.

12/01/2018

Since it’s going to be a rainy Christmas on the Canal come stay dry and tour our museums!!! Oberlin House is open from 2-5 with Mrs. Oberlin and one of her daughters. Heritage House Museum is open from 3-5 with Denny, the knower of all things Historical.!!

11/20/2018

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the office will be closed as usual on Thursday and Friday also. Have a blessed holiday.

11/19/2018

Come on down to Canal Fulton Spirits Craft and Distillery this evening!!! Vinnie Carbone, the owner will be giving a historical talk from 7-8. There will be spirits to purchase in the Canal Fulton Historical Society mug. Hope to see you there!

11/12/2018

We have some fun gift shop items that would make great stocking stuffers!!! We will be open during Christmas on the Canal from 2-5. Come check out our goodies! Keep an eye out for pictures I will be posting of our fun items!!!

https://www.facebook.com/883167088393585/posts/1140787709298187/Seemed timely to repost this one from Days Gone By...tha...
10/26/2018

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Seemed timely to repost this one from Days Gone By...thanks Jimmy!

CANAL FULTON VETERINARY CLINIC 1890-1926
The Canal Fulton vet clinic and practice was owned and operated by Dr. David A. Harbaugh (1865-1926). Dr. Harbaugh attended college in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The original vet clinic was located on East Cherry Street in Canal Fulton at the present location of the Marathon gas station. That block of East Cherry street formerly contained the old Lawrence Township Hall, former druggist, Art McGrew's home, and Dr. Harbaugh's home with a barn behind, where his vet practice was located. The homes and barn were removed in 1957 to make way for the gas station. The Lawrence Township Hall was removed in 2010 and the site is now used as a parking lot and display for a canal boat mural.
In 1914, one year after the terrible flood that did so much damage to the Canal Fulton area, Dr. Harbaugh moved his practice. Of all places, he built the large building on West Cherry street beside the Tuscarawas River, across from the park entrance and the former Babst Hotel. The building remains standing today at the age of 102 years old. Entering the building at street level off Cherry Street was the vet practice, horse stalls and feed storage. Dr. Harbaugh and his family lived on the second floor. The basement and third floor were storage.
After Dr. Harbaugh moved to West Cherry in 1914, he sold his East Cherry Street property to Sam Gordon. The barn became home to Gordon's blacksmith shop and later a new gas station was located on the property. Dr Harbaugh was the grandfather of former Mayor, Richard Harbaugh, great-grandfather of Ed Harbaugh, a Canal Fulton policeman, and great-great-grandfather of Audie Harbaugh, a Canal Fulton elementary student.
After Dr. Harbaugh's death in 1926, the vet clinic was closed. His wife, Anna, continued to live upstairs until her death in 1941. Her lilac bushes still adorn the east side of the building. Canal Fulton was without a vet until 1956 when Dr. Duane Bricker opened his office on Manchester Road.
Dr. Harbaugh's vet practice consisted mainly of doctoring large farm animals. The vet served a large area surrounding Canal Fulton. He often ended the day many miles from home. Often the doctor would sleep in his buggy on the way home and let his favorite horse take him home. A story that has been told for over a hundred years concerned his favorite buggy horse. The horse had an accident and broke a front leg. The usual treatment for this type of injury was to shoot the horse because the horse could not be restrained long enough for the bone to heal without rebreaking it. Dr. Harbaugh did not use this treatment, instead he rigged a chest sling for the horse. He connected the sling to a block and tackle system anchored to a large beam at the top of the barn. He then raised the front legs of his horse off the floor. Dr. Harbaugh then set the bone and bandaged it. The horse hung in the chest sling with it's front legs off the floor to protect the broken bone and it's back legs on the floor. After sufficient healing time, the sling was removed and the horse had a fine, healed front leg....a different treatment for a terrible injury.
In addition to being a vet, Dr. Harbaugh was employed by Lawrence Township as their constable.
Other interests of Dr. Harbaugh included hunting, fishing and trapping. In the 1920's, he established a family hunting and fishing camp in central Pennsylvania with great deer hunting. He also built a fishing camp in Quebec, Canada. Dr. Harbaugh enjoyed both of these camps with his family. The fifth generation of Harbaughs continue to enjoy them 100 years later.
Dr. David A. Harbaugh (1865-1926) is buried in Union Cemetery....rest in peace.....job well done.
***Days Gone By would like to thank the author of this story for sharing a bit of history.

10/19/2018

We now have phone service!!! Happy Friday!!

10/17/2018

If anyone needs to call the us, please call my cell phone 330-329-3385. The phone is still down. Thanks for your patience.

09/14/2018

On September 17th, this Monday, at 7p.m. there will be a get together at the Speak Easy Coffee House. The owners, Kyle and Vicki will be speaking about their love for history and how it lives on at their coffee house.
On Monday September 24th, at 630, at the library there will be a speaker talking about Rogue’s Hollow.
Again this year, the Canal Fulton Heritage Society will be doing our part in participating in The Community Trick or Treat. If you would like to donate a bag of candy, there is a red tote box on the porch of the Blank House.
Thanks and hope to see you at one of our events!

09/01/2018

In honor of the Labor Day holiday, the office will be closed Monday.

Canal Fulton Canalway Center
08/17/2018

Canal Fulton Canalway Center

The community camp out and outdoor movie scheduled for this evening have been cancelled due to thunderstorms warnings. The rain date will be announced shortly based on the availability of the screen rental company.

08/07/2018

Let’s help the Canal Fulton Heritage Society celebrate our 50th Anniversary!! We are having a picnic on Aug 18th from 12:30-5. Please bring a covered dish and your own table setting. There will be cornhole, volleyball and badminton. Take a walk on the wild side and join us for a cake walk!!! If you’d like to bake for our cake walk or have any questions please call Cindy 3308544645.

The old firehouse is being demolished today.  It was on High Street, between the Bell Store and City Hall.
08/01/2018

The old firehouse is being demolished today. It was on High Street, between the Bell Store and City Hall.

07/17/2018

Many thanks to all that stopped by and visited our booths and attended our programs! Thank you for supporting the Canal Fulton Heritage Society. It was another successful Olde Canal Days!

07/12/2018

Tonight is the kick off of Olde Canal Days!!! Come on down and see us for a sno cone and a chance to win an awesome bike courtesy of Brimstone Bicycles!! We’ll be in front of the museum!

07/10/2018

We need your help ALL HERITAGE HELPERS!!! We are looking for some folks to man our booth at Canal Days. If you are interested please call the office at 330-854-3808!

We will be very busy during Ole Canal Days!! Hope to see you at these fun and informative events!!!
06/27/2018

We will be very busy during Ole Canal Days!! Hope to see you at these fun and informative events!!!

Look what fun was had at Discovery Day Camp!!!
06/25/2018

Look what fun was had at Discovery Day Camp!!!

06/15/2018

We are in need of people to fill out a CAST for three PORCH STORY skits to be performed on the Poplar St. stage during 2018s Olde Canal Days. The dates are July 12,13&14 and the time each day is 5-545.
The three vignettes are gleaned from Burton Porter’s book, Olde Canal Days and they are titled “Just Another Flight”, “Honcy” and “Meet Dr. Hiram Keene (Dissinger)”.
The male parts needed are:
Marshall One-Arm Henry
Narrator ( could be female)
Honcy
Dr. Hiram Keene
Frank, father
Ash Peters
Smathers
Young son, David
Some of the above roles can be performed by the same person as the skits are separate. There will be audience participation to fill non scripted roles. Cast member scripts are quite short, costumes and props will be provided.
Rehearsal dates and times are: June 26, June 28, July 3 and July 10 at 7.
Rehearsals will be held at the Canal Overlook on S. Canal St, next to Brimstone Bicycles.
If you are interested, call a Cindy Bagocius at 330-854-4645 by June 20th.

Fun at Fishing Camp!!
06/01/2018

Fun at Fishing Camp!!

This is my favorite part of my job. A young man called me yesterday about this dog tag. Back story..... he found it on h...
05/30/2018

This is my favorite part of my job. A young man called me yesterday about this dog tag. Back story..... he found it on his farm in Moscow Ohio, Clermont county, basically it’s in SOUTHWESTERN OHIO!! How this dog tag got all the way down there is beyond me. Here’s the kicker, he found it on Memorial Day and he is also a Veteran 🇺🇸🇺🇸.
For those of you that can’t read a dog tag, I’ve attached part of his text about this dog tag. PLEASE help this young man return this to its rightful owner!!! Come on folks, someone has to know something.!!!

(This is a portion of his text explaining what this dog tag says) It appears to be a ww2 style 1 tag, which was used from November 1941 till July 1943. Which makes sense since he received his tetanus vaccine in 1943 “T43”. The eight digit number is his army serial number, which might help in locating him. “Route 1” is the address for his next of kin “Mrs Thersa Brand”.
The C at the bottom right denotes that he is a Christian.

05/04/2018

We're going to have a busy weekend ahead!!!! We have the fishing camp on Saturday at 10 starting at the Heritage House Museum and Strawberry Stortcakes at the Blank House garage also on Saturday from 12-5!!!

04/27/2018

HERITAGE HELPERS!!!
If you're interested in learning more about our towns history and have some free time on your hands we are looking for some volunteers to help at the museum this summer during the day on the weekends. If you are interested, please call the office at 330-854-3808.

04/27/2018

Come join us on May 5th from 12-5 during Free Comic Book Day at Toys Time Forgot for a free Comic Book while enjoying your first strawberry shortcake of the season. Society members get an extra squirt of whip cream!!!

Some pics from last weeks flooding!!! It was 8 inches deep in the basement. No artifacts were damaged though.
04/26/2018

Some pics from last weeks flooding!!! It was 8 inches deep in the basement. No artifacts were damaged though.

Canal Fulton Canalway Center
04/16/2018

Canal Fulton Canalway Center

Address

116 S Canal St Ste 1
Canal Fulton, OH
44614

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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(330) 854-3808

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I am looking for burial records in the Canal Fulton Cemetery. Not just the marked graves, but a record of who is buried there. Denny Hiser (New Franklin). [email protected]
Sigh... just learned of the plan to replace the old steel footbridge over the canal. Another piece of local history about to disappear. Admittedly ugly, but solid and very old, with generations of memories attached to it. I confess I don't know the details but my first thought was that a new deck and a paint job would have been much cheaper. But I suppose the official thinking is why preserve something old and unique when you can spend a lot more money to demolish and replace it with something a lot more drab... 😥
Thank you! to Dennis for taking so much time to share his knowledge with my family and I yesterday. He clearly has a passion for the local history. We are definetly coming back and this time I want to hear more about the arrowheads.
CHRISTMAS ON THE CANAL AT THE WAREHOUSE Whenever anyone comes to the Warehouse for the December 2nd celebration between the hours of 1:00 pm and 8:00 pm that is wearing a hat of any kind, they will get a ticket that will enter them into a drawing for a gift package courtesy of the Canal Fulton Heritage Society where history comes to life that has grown to a value of over $100.00. Please go to www.discovercanalfulton.com for the most up to date event schedule for the full day of events at the Warehouse and all of the other events going on in the downtown.
STARK COUNTY CANAL CORRIDOR OPEN HOUSE POSTPONED. The open house scheduled for Saturday June 24th from 11:30 am – 4:30 pm has been postponed to a later date. Www.warehouseonthecanal.com