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Fulton County Museum

Spring Hours
Beginning April 11
Tues - Fri 10-4; Sat 10-2


The Archives and private tours of the museum may be arranged Monday through Friday.


Depot Tours are available after the museum closes each day. Contact the museum beforehand.


Evening “Night at the Museum” Holiday receptions available by reservation


Paranormal Investigations, Friday evenings at 9:00pm (by reservation only)


Historical lectures & programs also available for group meetings by appointment.


Email: museum@fultoncountyhs.org

Depot Email:  museum@fultoncountyhs.org





Upcoming Events


Fulton County Museum Spring Opening, “Fighting for Freedom” WWII 1942 Exhibit Opening 

Sunday, April 9, 2017 

Noon-5:00pm, Fulton County Museum, 229 Monroe St. Wauseon, OH 


1942 Gold Star Mother’s Tea Living History Event 

Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20, 2017 

The United States is not officially at war yet, but soldiers’ mothers are gathering for tea (complimentary scones, finger sandwiches and desserts) to discuss upcoming events abroad and at home. Theatrical performances held throughout the day on the museum porch. 11:00am – 3:00pm (reservations only)

$12.50 admission ($11 for members)

Fulton County Museum, 229 Monroe St. Wauseon, OH 


Canfield Cabin & Reighard Blacksmith Shop Demonstrations 

Thresher’s Convention 

Friday June 23 and Saturday, June 24, 2017 


Fulton County Fairgrounds, State Route 108, Wauseon, OH 


Queen’s Tea (ladies with proof of past royalty admitted HALF PRICE!)  

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Complimentary scones, finger sandwiches and desserts. Current and former Fulton County queens (Prom, Homecoming, 4H, etc. will show a photo or memorabilia and tell a story from their past local history coronation.

11:00am – 3:00pm (reservations only)

$12.50 Admission for an audience with the queens ($11 for members), Queens ½ price. Fulton County Museum Porch, 229 Monroe St. Wauseon, OH 


Victory Garden Bounty: 1942 (ladies with proof of past royalty admitted HALF PRICE!)  

Saturday, August 12, 2017


Celebrate the 75th anniversary of the very first U.S. Victory Gardens in the Wauseon kitchen of Lilly Thierry in the special exhibit, “Fighting for Freedom”

Fulton County Museum, 229 Monroe St. Wauseon, OH


Fulton County Fair                                                                                                                  

Swan Creek Township Hall, Canfield Cabin & Reighard Blacksmith Shop Demonstrations  

September 1-7                                                                                                                       

Friday, 1:00pm—6:00pm                                                                                                                 

Saturday, Sunday & Monday (Labor Day), 10:00am—8:00pm                                                               

Tuesday - Thursday, 9:00am—1:00pm                                                                               

Fulton County Fairgrounds, State Route 108, Wauseon, OH 


Haunting History Walking Tours & Mystery Dinner

October 20, 21, 27, and 28 (Reservations Only)

Tours every 15 minutes 6:30 thru 8:30pm

13 and older: Tours: $10, Members $8, Dinner: $15 a person

Wauseon Depot & Fulton County Museum

225 Depot St. and 229 Monroe St. Wauseon, OH 


Veterans Remembered (Free Admission to ALL that serve or have served)

Saturday, November 11, 2016

10:00am – 2:00pm

Fulton County Museum, 229 Monroe St. Wauseon, OH


Christmas Railroad Express Parties

Monday, December 18 – Friday, December 22,

5:30pm (reservation for groups of 8 or more only)

Wear your favorite pajamas, play games with the conductor, watch model trains, and enjoy hot cocoa and cookies in a real caboose before visiting with Santa. Time for gift exchange allowed.

$8 per guest. Members (who are part of a family membership) FREE

Wauseon Depot, 225 Depot St. Wauseon, OH


Santa at the Wauseon Depot

Sunday, December 17 – Saturday, December 23

Weekends: 2:30 – 4:00pm, Weekdays: 6:30 – 8:00pm

Wauseon Depot, 225 Depot St. Wauseon, OH


For More Information:


Phone Number:




HELD JUNE 19, 2013
15 939 STATE ROUTE 109


“Hell & Homefront: Civil War through Fulton County Eyes” Exhibit Opening

This year, 1861’s event at home and on the battlefield are highlighted in this exhibit.  Objects from the society’s impressive collection, and those on loan will be part of the exhibit, which takes up three galleries in the museum.


More Details:


The Fulton County Historical Society in Wauseon, OH announces that the Fulton County Museum’s special exhibit, “Hell & Homefront: Civil War Through Fulton County Eyes”, will open to the public on Palm Sunday, April 17, 2011 from noon - 4pm as part of the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the United States Civil War. This five year project contains exhibits and educational programs on the history of Fulton County from the Underground Railroad movement in the 1830s through the reconstruction era. A timeline in the exhibit will be changed each year with events at home and on the battlefields. The exhibit is not a glorification of war, or particular battles, but show visitors the viewpoints of Fulton County citizens, both on the battle field, and those left behind at home. The museum’s extensive collection of Civil War era artifacts will be the centerpiece of this commemoration, including the epaulettes of Col. Ephraeus Lord Barber, the Tiffany & Co. Presentation sword of Col. Edwin Hayes, a surrender flag from the Cumberland Gap, and a civil war veteran’s snare drum.      



The Fulton County Museum features 14 rooms showcasing permanent exhibits, including a rare Jacob Werry Blanket Chest and the infant cradle of race car driver Barney Oldfield, and changing displays dating from about 1820-1960.  The museum and archives research room is located at 229 Monroe Street in downtown Wauseon, OH, 2 blocks west of N. Fulton St. on State Route 2 (Elm St), then one half block north on Monroe. Through Labor Day, the museum will be open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10am – 4pm, and Saturdays from 10am – 2pm. For more information, call (419)337-7922 or visit the museum web site, at www.fultoncountyhs.org


Donation Ceremony


Held on

Friday, August 6, 2010


at the Wauseon Homecoming



E.L. Hayes Collection

c. 1862 - 1865

Gift of William & Charlotte Terry, 2010

A collection of Civil War and personal memorabilia once owned by Wauseon native, Edwin Lewis Hayes, fourth cousin to President Rutherford B. Hayes, is being donated by his great-great-great grandson to the Fulton County Historical Society in a ceremony at 6:30 pm on the South Stage of the Wauseon Homecoming on Friday, August 6. Hayes’ daughter, Hortensia, is attributed with naming the town after the native chief, Wa-se-on.

See Press Release for details.


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