Ohio Scenic Rivers Program

The Ohio’s Scenic Rivers Program Presentation by Christina Kuchle (ODNR)

Sunday, March 21st, 2021, Nazareth Hall near Grand Rapids OH

Because of our prior deposit arrangement with Nazareth Hall for this Fall, we are postponing the presentation that we already had arranged to the new date. Hopefully, this will indeed occur but we are prepared to postpone again, or cancel altogether.

The agenda will be:

12:00 – Gather, greet, peruse organization info/display tables
12:30 – Luncheon (optional) $20 – rsvp required
1:30 – Presentation by Christina Kuchle
3:00 – Tour of Nazareth Hall building and grounds

Lunch Menu: Garden Salad, Apple Glazed Pork Roast, Chicken Cordon Bleu, Buttered Baby Carrots, Cornbread Stuf_ng, Triple Chocolate Cake, Coffee, Iced Tea.

This will be open to the public. We will make a special invitation to our MVHC members and the members of our Partnering organizations, and those that we know are “friends” of MVHC.

Please put this on your calendar and consider bringing others. All precautions will be made to follow the needed safety guidelines. We invite our Partner organizations, historical organizations, museums, and other related heritage groups, to bring brochures and information that can be set out on information display tables (provided). Please contact Frank Butwin at fb21@wcnet.org or 419-270-0622 to make an arrangement for a table

Columbian House

The historic Columbian House gets a facelift at the hands of owners Tom and Peggy Parker.

Built in 1828 by founding father John Pray as a stagecoach inn, it quickly had additions built onto it so to serve multiple purposes in the years ahead. For nearly 200 years it has been overlooking the original town square and what is still the heart of downtown Waterville, Ohio.

On the National Register of Historic Places it remains on of the finest examples of Federal style architecture.

Wood County Historical Center

Herb Gardens at the Wood County Historical Center

All of the wonderful cultural and sports activities one associates with a college town are evident in Bowling Green, home of Bowling Green State University. It is also the county seat. The Wood County Historical Center served as the County Home, providing community services from 1868 until 1970. Among the attractions is an operating drilling rig which tells about the 1880s oil boom.


Visit the Wood County Historical Center Website


Platted in 1816 by an act of Congress, this historic community has a splendid showcase of buildings and well-preserved stately homes in a variety of architectural styles. Self-walking tour guides are available. The 577 Foundation, with an 1804 log cabin and a 21st century
geodesic biodome, is fascinating to visit.


Fort Meigs

Photo courtesy of Toledo.com

Fort Meigs, named after then Governor of Ohio, Return Jonathan Meigs, Jr., was first built as a reaction to British attacks on American forts in the Northwest Territory during the War of 1812. It was built in what is now Perrysburg, Ohio, on a bluff overlooking the Maumee River rapids. Ground was broken on February 2, 1813 under the orders of General William Henry Harrison, who wanted to fortify the region. Throughout the next three months professional soldiers and militiamen alike persevered through cold winter weather and mud that would at times be knee-deep. Despite horrid weather and disease in the camp, the American army was able to complete Fort Meigs by the end of April, 1813, just in time for a British attack.


Visit the Fort Meigs Website

Fallen Timbers Battlefield

The Battle of Fallen Timbers was the culminating event that demonstrated the tenacity of the American people in their quest for western expansion and the struggle for dominance in the Old Northwest Territory. The events resulted in the dispossession of American Indian tribes and a loss of colonial territory for the British military and settlers.


Visit the Fallen Timbers Website

Oak Openings Region

Oak Openings Region

“One of America’s Last Great Places,” that’s the Nature Conservancy’s Oak Openings Region of the Maumee Valley. Its globally-rare ecosystem, covering 130 square miles of Fulton, Henry and Lucas counties, hosts more rare species of plants and animals than any other area in Ohio. The region includes state
forests, nature preserves and several Metroparks.



The Allen County Museum in downtown Lima is typical of the many wonderful museums run by county historical societies in the Maumee Valley. Among Its exhibits are Native American and pioneer collections, a steam and electric railroad display and a children’s museum with hands on activities.

Visit county museums to understand local history.