Butterworth Log Cabin Room

Butterworth Log Cabin Room

Lower Level

The lower floor of the museum contains exhibits ranging from the Ordovician period to the 19th century.
The prehistoric artifacts located on this level date back to 500 million years ago, including Indian relics from 10,000 B.C.
The farming equipment room displays hundreds of tools and other equipment necessary for early settlers to succeed.
In addition, you will find implements used by women to perform their tasks. Gathering together to work was also a time to socialize.
The Butterworth Cabin, a country school and a common church show typical rural settings in early Warren County.
The school has McGuffey readers and the Butterworth Cabin was once an important stop on the Underground Railroad.
One will also find our transportation exhibit on this level. Included are early carriages, a horse-drawn mail hack, sleighs and an award-winning 1908 Buick.
Additionally, you will find our award-winning Underground Railroad exhibit.

The Village Green on the Main Level of the History Center

The Village Green on the Main Level of the History Center

The Main Floor: The Village Green

When you enter the museum, you encounter the Village Green and immediately take a step back into another time. Small storefronts line the sides of this exhibit displaying artifacts, both large and small, in a typical Warren County community setting of yesterday.
These shops display thousands of items from past everyday life. Objects like eyeglasses, baby shoes, kitchen utensils, silverware, old firearms, picture frames, cameras, maps, pottery, boots, clothing and much, much more. These precious items alone would be reason enough to visit, but the real benefit of this exhibit is the comforting memories it evokes for each visitor.
The toy store displays many dolls and stuffed animals for children of all ages. The general store is central with a large clock on top. Inside the post office you will find old post office boxes, holiday cards and postcards.
Throughout the museum, we display a fine collection of paintings by Warren County Quaker artist, Marcus Mote, and many others.

A view of a Rooftop Display from the Mezzanine

A view of a Rooftop Display from the Mezzanine

Mezzanine

There is a grand collection of artifacts on the mezzanine of the museum. The roofs of the Village Green buildings hold just a few of the exhibits.

Musical instruments and furniture are found, along with art-adorned walls.

A large exhibit is the Russel Wright pottery collection. Wright paved the way for plasticware when he created new sets of dishware in the ’40s and ’50s.

From the Mezzanine, step up into the Vicotrian Gallery, where you can view a significant portion of our Downton Abbey Clothing Exhibit.

Shaker Bedroom in the Shaker Gallery

Shaker Bedroom in the Shaker Gallery

Upper Level: Shaker Gallery 

The museum has combined artifacts on loan from Otterbein and gifts from Robert and Virginia Jones, along with its own acquisitions, to present an excellent storytelling exhibit. This Shaker collection is the finest and most complete of its kind in the Midwest and is displayed with truth and beauty. The Shaker saying, “There is great beauty in harmony” is very much in evidence here.

Many of the tools and implements used by the Shakers were invented by the Shakers. The Shakers did not patent their inventions, believing making them free to their fellow man and women to be a better goal.

Some Shaker inventions that are on exhibit in the gallery include:

  • Apple peeler and corer
  • Candlestick with adjustable height
  • Clothes pins
  • “Dorothy” Cloak
  • Dough mixer – tin
  • Dough roller
  • Fire doors
  • Flat broom
  • Fly catcher
  • Rat trap
  • Seed box with envelopes
  • Static electric cure all
  • Swift yarn winder
  • Washing machine for small items