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Fulton County Historical Society

Building History

The Fulton County Historical Museum is housed in an 1868 Romanesque Revival two-story brick building rich in Fulton County history. The building served as Wauseon's first High School until 1897. In the middle of the 1896-1897 school year, the building had to be condemned because the foundation was sinking. In 1898 the former High School was renovated into a duplex and the Victorian porch was added. In 1903 the Fulton County medical association bought the former High school and from about 1905 until 1930 the building served as Fulton County 's first hospital. In 1945 the former hospital was converted into four apartments. In 1969 the building was donated to the Fulton County Historical Society. Today there are sixteen rooms housing a permanent collection and changing exhibits.

 

The Blacksmith Shop, Log Cabin and Swan Creek Township Hall are open during the Fulton County Fair and other special events held at the Fairgrounds.
 

    

The first picture was taken when the building served as Wauseon's First High School. 1868-1897.

The second picture is how it looks today.

 


Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railroad Depot

The Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railroad Depot was constructed in 1896 on Depot Street in Wauseon , Ohio . The current depot is the second one to be built at this location. The structure is a fine example of Richardson Romanesque architecture. In 1957 passenger service ended. The city of Wauseon acquired the depot in about 1972. The depot was restored by the Fulton County Historical Society in 1975. Today, the depot houses artifacts relevant to the history of the railroad

The train depot is located on Depot Street in Wauseon, Ohio.

Depot Email:  depot@fultoncountyhs.org


 

Heman Canfield Log Cabin

The Heman Canfield log Cabin was built in 1838 in Chesterfield Township, Fulton County Ohio. The Canfield's lived in the log cabin for twenty-two years. James and Lydia Breese Deyo purchased the log cabin in 1893 and lived there until James dies in 1931. The last owner of the log cabin was Emmett Lasalle who purchased the log cabin on March 10, 1954 . He lived in the log cabin until November 1976. The log cabin was never equipped with electricity or running water. In 1981 the log cabin was acquired, dismantled, and moved to the Fulton County fairgrounds.

 

Swancreek Township Lutz School & Township Hall

According to county maps owned by the Fulton County Historical Society, the Swancreek Township School House #8 was built some time between 1868 and 1888 on the south side of county road D “Raker Road”  just east of township road 4. Mr. William Jefferson Lutz provided the land to the township for the school, and by 1913, when the United States Geological Society surveyed the area, it was referred to as “Lutz” school. In 1939, the children were moved to a more “modern” facility and the building was moved west on road D to the corner of township road 5-1 and was utilized as the home of the Swancreek Township Trustees. The building also served as one of the voting precincts for Swancreek Township into the late 1950's. In 2001, the trustees built a new township hall and the building was donated to the Fulton County Historical Society and is now preserved at the Fulton County Fairgrounds.


 

Reighard Blacksmith Shop

Built in 1861 by Henry Harrison Reighard, the blacksmith shop was located on the corner of Main and Lincoln Streets in Delta, Ohio . His son Rapheal Reighard, later opened the blacksmith shop. A working forge for more than 138 years, it was the last blacksmith shop in Delta. The late Mrs. Rapheal (Ethel) Reighard donated the blacksmith shop to the Fulton County Historical Society, and it was moved to the Fulton County Historical Society in 1972. Today the blacksmith shop still remains a working forge, and houses antique tools and other artifacts. The blacksmith shop is housed at the Fulton County fairgrounds.

 

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