Ashland County Historical Society

Preserving the History of Ashland County

Upcoming 2022 Events

Trivia | Tuesday, October 4th | Ohio Fire | 6:00 PM

Tuesday nights just became a whole lot better in Ashland, Ohio! Join us for Trivia @ Ohio Fire beginning at 6:00 PM! Don't miss out on your chance for trivia, hand crafted pizzas, prizes, and craft beers! Trivia @ Ohio Fire also takes place on: Tuesdays: October 4th, November 1st, and December 6th.
Come early to register your team! September's categories include: Greek Mythology, Animals, and the Vietnam War.

Ohio Fire Menu
Ohio Fire Menu


Pumpkin Glow | Saturday, October 22nd | Freer Home | 5:00 - 8:30 PM

We will host our 4th annual Pumpkin Glow at the Freer Home on Saturday, October 22nd from 5 to 8:30 PM. This family-friendly event features goodies handed out by local businesses, 300+ illuminated jack-o'-lanterns, food trucks, performances by local talents, and Halloween music. Costumes are encouraged!


Christmas Open House | Sunday, December 11th | Manor House | 4:00 - 8:00 PM

The public is welcome to come tour for free and see our historic homes decorated for the Christmas Season! Join us for our Christmas Open house, enjoy fresh baked cookies and the decorations of the volunteers of the Ashland County Historical Society!


Past Events

Ashland Cemetery Walk | Sunday, September 25th | Ashland Cemetery

Tour guides escorted guests through the tour routes, where many of Ashland’s historical figures came to life through locally-talented portrayers. Each of the characters spent a few minutes telling stories about their lives in Ashland and how they were a part of our history. Period costumes were worn by the portrayers, further heightening the experience with an aura of authenticity.

This year's cast included: Francis Enoch Myers portrayed by Ken Hammontree, William McNulty portrayed by Dave Kowalka, Mary Brinton-Tubbs portrayed by Debbie Sickmiller, Dr. Gilbert & Mrs. Jeannette Hess portrayed by Jeff & Kim Davidson, Robert Carson Kinnaman MD portrayed by Ed Krakora, and Nellie Topping portrayed by Raylene Hlavaty.


ACHS Off-Limits Tour | Sunday, September 11th | Manor House and Freer Home

We hosted an exclusive Off-limits tour on Sunday, September 11th, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Guests embarked on a tour of the Historical Society's hidden spaces. Guests saw the original cistern that the Cowan family used to disperse water throughout the house at a time when indoor plumbing was only a luxury of the wealthy, explored the basement of the house that served as a summer kitchen for the Cowans, and saw what life was like, especially for the servants, in the late 1800's. The story of the tragic death of eight-year-old Grace Myers was told on the porch of the Noonan house, a different house, but the same location where she fell into the basement. The Freer Children's Home jail cells that housed troubled boys during the home's days as a Juvenile Detention facility were also opened to the public during Ohio Open Doors.

Ohio Open Doors is a statewide event, with historic sites and museums participating across Ohio. The Ohio History Connection created Ohio Open Doors in 2016 to promote and inspire pride in Ohio's heritage and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. ACHS will collaborate with the Ohio History Connection in the future.

ACHS Trivia Night | Tuesday, August 23rd | Freer Home

Ashland County Historical Society hosted a special edition of Trivia Night at Freer Home on Tuesday, August 23rd. Categories included: Ashland History, Ohio History, and U.S. History! Food was provided, and a winner received a prize.

Trivia Night at Ohio Fire

Our last Trivia Night at Ohio Fire was on Tuesday, September 6th. The Ashland County Historical Society will continue to host Trivia Nights at Ohio Fire on the first Tuesday of each month, at 6:00 PM.

Ice Cream Social | Sunday, June 26th

Our 2022 Ice Cream Social was a great success on a beautiful day. We had a record number of attendees, who enjoyed live music, free ice cream provided by Whit's, free museum tours, participating in a Silent Auction, and more! If you missed out on the fun, be sure to join us next year! 

Speaker Series | War of 1812 | Thursday, May 26th

Speaker Series at the Freer Home. The War of 1812 with Craig Whitmore.

Loudonville Cemetery Walk in Collaboration with the Cleo Redd Fisher Museum | Sunday, May 15th, 2022

Loudonville Cemetery walk, a collaborative event with the Cleo Redd Fisher Musuem of the Mohican Historical Society was held on Sunday, May 15th, 2022.

Annual Membership Meeting | May 10th

On Tuesday, May 10th, 2022 at the Freer Children's Home, the annual Membership Meeting was held. Executive Director, Jennifer Marquette gave an overview of the 2021 Event year and provided data on the Society’s performance. Tim Rowsey presented the fiscal activities for the 2021 year. Board members and staff were present to answer questions about our progress, events, and activities. We also welcomed suggestions from members.

Speaker Series | Civil War Show | April 14th

Speaker Series at the Freer Home was held on Thursday, April 14th, 2022. Mini Civil War Show.

Speaker Series | NASA with Colonel Robert Springer | Thursday, March 10th

Speaker Series at the Freer Home. NASA and Space with Col. Robert Springer.

Speaker Series | Ashland Model Railroaders | Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, February 25-27

Speaker Series: Ashland Model Railroaders

Speaker Series | Native American Artifacts | Thursday, January 27th

Speaker Series at the Freer Home. Native American Artifacts with Jim Bennett.

Full 2022 Event Calendar (Printable)