Rutherford B. Hayes

Hayes was the 19th U.S. President serving from 1877-1881. He was also a Ohio governor, a U.S. Congressman and a General in the Civil War and loving husband to Lucy and father to eight children.

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Honoring the memory of Rutherford B. Hayes, his family established the first presidential library open to the public in 1916. For 100 years the collections have grown beyond the core collection to include 90,000 books, manuscripts and images which reflect Hayes' special interests, including genealogy, local history, and the Gilded Age period in which he lived.

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Visit The Estate

Spiegel Grove houses the Hayes Museum and 31 room mansion, along with 25 acres of park and the burial site of President and Mrs. Hayes.

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News & Media

Celebrate President Hayes’ birthday with military ceremony at tomb

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Celebrate President Rutherford B. Hayes’ 197th birthday by attending a wreath-laying by members of the U.S. military on Sunday, Oct. 6, at Hayes’ tomb at Spiegel Grove.

Celebrate fall with free family fun and paid ghost stories lantern walk event

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Celebrate fall with free family activities, a campfire with s’mores, paid lantern walks with frightening ghostly tales and more during two different events on Friday, Nov. 1, at Spiegel Grove.

Experience Civil War life with kids event, winter camp tours for all ages, escape room

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Experience what life was like for President Rutherford B. Hayes’ Civil War regiment while it camped for the winter with events taking place Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.

FDR book author, Pulitzer Prize finalist to join book club for discuss via live video

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The author of a Pulitzer-prize finalist book about President Franklin Delano Roosevelt will join the Presidential History Book Club via live video on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.