North Ridgeville Historical Society

North Ridgeville Historical Society The North Ridgeville Historical Museum is located on the first floor of Old Town Hall. The North Ridgeville Historical Society was founded in 1977
To educate and preserve North Ridgeville History. Monthly meetings held at the Library the 3rd Wednesday of each month. We always seeking new members. Yearly membership dues: $5 Individual or $10 Family.
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We are always looking for donations from North Ridgeville's past and please email or post with contact information. You can also drop off at the North Ridgeville Library with Karen Sigsworth. You can also drop off when the museum is open, the last Sunday of each month (except Dec.), 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. And the Jaycox Road 1859 One-Room School is open the last Sunday of each month, May to Oct., 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. No charge, but donations are accepted.

Mission: To share and educate as many people as possible about the history of North Ridgeville, Ohio.

William
05/03/2020

William

Today’s mystery location! This is an old one. Does anyone know where this was?

Do you remember this building?  I’m sure there are stories out there- please share!
05/02/2020

Do you remember this building? I’m sure there are stories out there- please share!

Today’s mystery is from the Museum at the Old Town Hall.  It has ties to North Ridgeville, but how? Can you determine it...
05/01/2020

Today’s mystery is from the Museum at the Old Town Hall. It has ties to North Ridgeville, but how? Can you determine its purpose?

Some of you might recognize today’s mystery location.  What do you think?  Where was this located?
04/30/2020

Some of you might recognize today’s mystery location. What do you think? Where was this located?

Today’s location is no longer here, but had a long life and was used for many different purposes.  Do YOU remember it?
04/29/2020

Today’s location is no longer here, but had a long life and was used for many different purposes. Do YOU remember it?

Mystery location Tuesday! History lovers might know where this building was......do you??
04/28/2020

Mystery location Tuesday! History lovers might know where this building was......do you??

It’s not quite ice cream season yet, but this mystery location might bring back a memory for you.  Where was this and wh...
04/27/2020

It’s not quite ice cream season yet, but this mystery location might bring back a memory for you. Where was this and what do you know about it?

We hope you’ve been enjoying our daily look into the past.  The monthly open house scheduled for today at the Museum is,...
04/26/2020

We hope you’ve been enjoying our daily look into the past. The monthly open house scheduled for today at the Museum is, of course, cancelled. So....here’s another mystery!
This home was recently lost to the wrecking ball. Do you know where it was located?

Today’s mystery location is this beautiful house, which has been gone for quite a while.  Do you remember where it was l...
04/25/2020

Today’s mystery location is this beautiful house, which has been gone for quite a while. Do you remember where it was located? Do you have a memory to share?

This mystery location is pretty easy.  I know I’ve spent many hours here in the past!   How about you?
04/24/2020

This mystery location is pretty easy. I know I’ve spent many hours here in the past! How about you?

Esther & John A. Worcester, who founded Worcester Hatchery on Lorain Rd. in 1926, with their son Delbert "Del" Worcester...
04/21/2020

Esther & John A. Worcester, who founded Worcester Hatchery on Lorain Rd. in 1926, with their son Delbert "Del" Worcester (right).

Today we are doing Mysteries from the Museum!  What do you think this item is and what would be it’s use?
04/21/2020

Today we are doing Mysteries from the Museum! What do you think this item is and what would be it’s use?

Here’s another Historical house.  Guess it’s location....if you can!
04/20/2020

Here’s another Historical house. Guess it’s location....if you can!

Here’s a harder one.  Any idea of the location of this North Ridgeville house?  It’s still here in town, but where???
04/19/2020

Here’s a harder one. Any idea of the location of this North Ridgeville house? It’s still here in town, but where???

This one is pretty easy!  Where would you find this?
04/18/2020

This one is pretty easy! Where would you find this?

Here’s another mystery picture.  This building has been gone a long time, so none of you probably saw it in person, but ...
04/17/2020

Here’s another mystery picture. This building has been gone a long time, so none of you probably saw it in person, but you might be able to guess if you know your North Ridgeville history. (Plus there’s a clue in the background!)

Today we will test your memory.  What place is this?  Share your memories!
04/16/2020

Today we will test your memory. What place is this? Share your memories!

Why, YES!  Yes it is!  The April meeting of the North Ridgeville Historical Society for tomorrow night is cancelled.  En...
04/14/2020

Why, YES! Yes it is! The April meeting of the North Ridgeville Historical Society for tomorrow night is cancelled. Enjoy your quarantine time and we will see you soon......

04/12/2020

Happy Easter to all

A rare treat with Carol, Tom and Gene ready to help if she hooks a big one
04/12/2020

A rare treat with Carol, Tom and Gene ready to help if she hooks a big one

R.I.P. to our longtime fellow historian, dedicated volunteer, and close friend – longtime North Ridgeville newspaper edi...
04/08/2020

R.I.P. to our longtime fellow historian, dedicated volunteer, and close friend – longtime North Ridgeville newspaper editor & author, CAROL KLEAR, who died a few days ago at age 83. :( Our heartfelt condolences & prayers go out to her husband Tom, and their seven daughters and families.

Carol and Tom have been very active Historical Society members, officers, and volunteers for nearly 20 years; and some us have known them for over 40 years, since they first came to N. Ridgeville from Lorain.

Carol was a newspaper photographer, reporter & editor at the N.R. Light, and then the Press & Light, and Press, for 26 years until her 2006 retirement; and in recent years she has researched & compiled two wonderful history-based books about her adopted city – Images of America: North Ridgeville, and Legendary Locals: North Ridgeville.

Carol and Tom Klear were chosen as the 2006 Golden Kernel winners at that year’s annual Corn Festival. They’ve also been longtime active members and volunteers at St. Peter Catholic Church.

In the N.R. Historical Society, Carol and Tom were active participants and committee members in our Bicentennial activities in 2010; Carol served many years as Secretary of our group, and recently as Trustee as well; for many years she brought delicious refreshments to our last Sunday of the month open houses at the Old Town Hall museum; she’s helped with countless society events, activities, and Corn Festival booths; and in recent years served as tireless chair of the Scrapbook and Program committees; plus serving for a time as acting assistant Treasurer.

Carol also was a founder and primary volunteer in the Tuesday morning collections & display work sessions at our museum (the “K Committee”).

Carol’s wise advice, helpfulness, friendly smile and humor, and good friendship will long be missed and remembered.

Our website blog has just been updated with a list of Veterans from Ridgeville Twp. that served in the Revolutionary War...
03/28/2020

Our website blog has just been updated with a list of Veterans from Ridgeville Twp. that served in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. Imagine the lives of these men and the stories they could tell of adventure and hardship!
The stone pictured is that of David Beebe Sr., one of the first men to settle in Ridgeville in 1810. He fought in both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.
We invite you to visit our website, read the blog, check out the updated calendar and read a bit about the history of our town. You can also subscribe to be notified when we post a new blog!

William
03/24/2020

William

Just of a piece of interest to those who live in the Westwood development or to those who may be interested, here is the original plat of the subdivision when it was developed in August 1948. As you can see it originally included an additional road to the north called Forest Road. Also is the development showing who owned the properties in this development in the early 50’s.

The lots on Forest were purchased by the state for the Ohio turnpike around 951.

Here’s a look into the past for you to enjoy while you’re sitting at home.
03/24/2020

Here’s a look into the past for you to enjoy while you’re sitting at home.

If you’re at home, enjoying your solitude at this virus-laden time, perhaps you would like to learn a little about the r...
03/17/2020
The Real Story of St. Patrick Tops the Myth

If you’re at home, enjoying your solitude at this virus-laden time, perhaps you would like to learn a little about the real Saint Patrick.
☘️Happy St. Patrick’s Day!☘️

Ireland’s patron saint escaped slavery and returned to convert the Emerald Isle.

03/16/2020

Our monthly Open House at the Old Town Hall Museum will be cancelled for March 29th.
We’re sorry....

This will affect our meeting next week.  Hopefully we will see you all in April!
03/13/2020

This will affect our meeting next week. Hopefully we will see you all in April!

We are suspending programming.

The decision came after Gov. DeWine’s press conference encouraging social distancing, the practice of limiting non-essential person to person contact.

“We are heeding the advice of Gov. DeWine and taking this precaution to keep our staff and patrons safe and do what we can to limit the spread of this virus,” said LPLS Director Anastasia Diamond-Ortiz. “We are still open for patrons wanting to get a book or DVD or use the computer and we encourage patrons that have a home computer or other device to utilize the resources available on our eLibrary.”

Additional information and any further updates can be found online at LorainPublicLibrary.org.

Here’s a photo we found at the Museum today.  It shows Miss Elizabeth Wilcox and her car “Lizzie” in the late 1920s.  Sh...
02/25/2020

Here’s a photo we found at the Museum today. It shows Miss Elizabeth Wilcox and her car “Lizzie” in the late 1920s. She was a favorite teacher here for many years and considered all of her students part of her family. She became one of the first female school superintendents in Ohio and was honored by having a school building named for her- Elizabeth Wilcox Elementary School!

North Ridgeville Historical Society's cover photo
02/25/2020

North Ridgeville Historical Society's cover photo

The Museum at the Old Town Hall will be open Sunday, February 23rd from 2-5.  There will be two special things for you t...
02/22/2020

The Museum at the Old Town Hall will be open Sunday, February 23rd from 2-5. There will be two special things for you to explore- a display of Presidential memorabilia from a private collector AND a collection of special travel brochures made by students here in town.
The brochures each feature a unique view of North Ridgeville-from restaurants and hotels, to directions around town! We have been given the opportunity of distributing these to interested visitors. They are limited in supply, so be sure to come tomorrow for the best selection.
Admission is free, and all ages are welcome!

This Sunday we will again present our special Presidential display at our open house.  Join us from 2-5 to  learn a litt...
02/21/2020
Fun Facts About George Washington

This Sunday we will again present our special Presidential display at our open house. Join us from 2-5 to learn a little more about these famous leaders and their lives! Enjoy these fun facts about George Washington on the eve of his birthday!

Learn George Washington’s real birth date, the material his teeth were made of, his entrepreneurial spirit and more with these fun facts.

Don't forget to join us tonight (Wednesday) at 6:30 at the N. R. Library!  Special guest Kerri Broome will speak on loca...
02/19/2020

Don't forget to join us tonight (Wednesday) at 6:30 at the N. R. Library! Special guest Kerri Broome will speak on local history, and then the usual meeting fun and refreshments! See you there!

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36119 Center Ridge
North Ridgeville, OH
44039

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Today’s mystery location! This is an old one. Does anyone know where this was?
Were they ever able to save the dated stone near the culvert by St. Peters gym? There was some discussion if they could get it out or would be unable to save it.
Can anyone tell me if they saved the dated stone found where they are doing all the construction near St. Peter's gym? There was some question whether it could be saved or not.
Just of a piece of interest to those who live in the Westwood development or to those who may be interested, here is the original plat of the subdivision when it was developed in August 1948. As you can see it originally included an additional road to the north called Forest Road. Also is the development showing who owned the properties in this development in the early 50’s. The lots on Forest were purchased by the state for the Ohio turnpike around 951.
Looking Westward from Root Road and State Route 10, we have some spectacular sunsets!
A fantastic turnout for Wednesday night's Gathering of the North Ridgeville Historical Society at the Fire Museum, located right next to the Old Town Hall.
Original St. Petes befofe the one that is there now in North Ridgeville from about 1914 on fire. This is original and very rare photo of the fire.
Not really old, but it's been 35 years since my class graduated from NRHS. I feel that we were quite close as a group, we were the first class to go to the "Freshman school" that the city leased from Eaton Twshp. Class of '84! Go Rangers! ⭐. 🏈. ✌🏽
North Ridgeville Drama Club from the past.
hey....hears a fact for you to ponder 1959 sears catalog you could order a monkey, a donkey, alligator. come check it out at the museum.
Very Interesting!
My Great Grandfather Hans (John) Dettiff Johannsen, taken at the farm (on Stoney Ridge), the day Duke was retired from pulling the wagon for the family's first car.