If cabin fever is setting in after ice and snow, rain and mud has kept you from leaving the house for days on end, consider taking a historical tour of Seneca County or nearby areas. Have you visited the American Civil War Museum of Ohio yet? How about Seneca County Museum or Tiffin Glass Museum?
If you've been to those nearby homes of history, venture a bit further to find a wealth of historical information in counties that border Seneca.
Here are some ideas for taking day or two this winter to learn more about the history of the area:
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A flag is on display at the American Civil War Museum of Ohio.
American Civil War Museum of Ohio
217 S Washington St.
This family-friendly museum invites laughing and talking as it takes a hands-on approach to teaching all ages about the War Between the States. The 10,000 square feet of space includes lots of artifacts. People can watch a 20-minute video about Ohio's role in the Civil War.
Hours: noon-4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday
Admission: $6 adults, $5 seniors, $3 students, free for ages 6 and younger and members.
Seneca County Museum
28 Clay St.
The museum provides an overview of county history. Just a few highlights are portraits of Tiffin's founding fathers, a room full of military items from the Revolutionary War to Desert Storm, handcrafted items made by county pioneers, a phonograph and musical instruments, animals and toys.
Admission is free. Donations are encouraged.
Hours: 1-5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
1-4 p.m. on first and third Saturdays
Tiffin Glass Museum
25 S. Washington St.
The museum's goal is preservation and education about Tiffin's "Glass House," which operated from 1889-1984. Among the 2,000 pieces to be seen are stemware, lamps, optics and colors used throughout the factory's productive years. Many items have been loaned by members of the Tiffin Glass Collectors Club, which operates the museum.
Hours: 1-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, or by appointment.
Admission is free.
Fostoria Historical Museum
123 W. North St., Fostoria
Located in the former city building, the museum is dedicated to Fostoria history, including a 1941 Seagraves Ladder Pumper Fire Truck, furniture and memorabilia of Charles "Calico Charlie" Foster as well as his father, Charles Foster Sr., who helped to bring the communities of Rome and Risdon together in 1854 to form Fostoria.
Hours: Only by appointment in the winter. Call (419) 435-3588.
May-October hours are 1:30-4:30 p.m. Saturdays.
Glass Heritage Gallery
109 N. Main St., Fostoria
This museum is dedicated to glass made by 12 glass plants in Fostoria between 1887 and 1920 and features a Glass Heritage Gallery highlighting glass from The Fostoria Glass Company, makers of Fostoria Glass, and Nickel Plate Glass Co.
Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday
Clyde Historical Museum and General McPherson House
124 W. Buckeye St., Clyde
Operated by Clyde Heritage League, the museum highlights Clyde's past. In a separate building at Maple Street and McPherson Highway is the McPherson family home, which is a National Register property and an Ohio Historical Society Marker location. The house was the home of Gen. James B. McPherson (1828-64), who was born and raised in Clyde and graduated first in his class from West Point Academy. He was mortally wounded while leading his Union troops in the battle of Atlanta.
Hours: Only by appointment in the winter. Call (419) 547-7946.
Open April-September 1-4 p.m. Thursdays.
Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont For GPS use: 1337 Hayes Ave., Fremont
The facility has two buildings - the Hayes Home and Hayes Museum - honoring the life of Rutherford B. Hayes, the only one of Ohio's eight presidents who was born and died in the state.
Hours: Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sundays and holidays, except Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Normally closed Monday.
Admission: adults, $7.50 for one or $13 for both; seniors, $6.50 or $12; AAA members, $6.50 or $12; children 6-12, $3 or $5; adult groups of 15 or more, $6.50 or $12; school groups, $3 or $5; discounts for active-duty military families; Ohio Historical Society members, free.
Admission to the Hayes Research Library is free.
Hancock Historical Museum
422 W. Sandusky St., Findlay
The museum is privately funded by a nonprofit organization founded to collect, care for, exhibit and interpret the history of Hancock County from prehistoric times through the present. At the Sandusky Street location, it includes the Hull-Flater House, a barn behind the museum and the Crawford Log House, originally built in Biglick Township.
The museum also maintains two sites on CR 236 - the Little Red Schoolhouse, furnished as a 19th century one-room schoolhouse, and Riverside Train, a miniature train that once operated at Riverside Park - as well as the Funk House, a Civil War-era home on East Street.
Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday; Saturday by appointment
Admission: $5 adults, $3 seniors, $2 children, $12 families
The Mazza Museum
Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion
University of Findlay
1000 N. Main St., Findlay
An ever-changing museum dedicated to promoting literacy and enriching the lives of all people through children's literature. Exhibits are changed each year and a "feature wall" is changed frequently.
Hours: noon-5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and 1-4 p.m. Sunday; or by appointment. Call (419) 434-5521. Closed Monday, Tuesday and major holidays.
Admission free unless a docent-led group tour is requested. Donations are accepted.
Edison Birthplace Museum
9 Edison Drive, Milan
Dedicated to Thomas Alva Edison, who was born in 1847 and invented the phonograph, incandescent light bulb and many other inventions, the museum features a collection of rare Edisonia, including examples of his early inventions, documents and family mementos.
Hours: Closed in January. Open in February 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and Feb. 11; in March, 1-4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday; in April and May, 1-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Check website for other months.
Admission: $7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 children ages 6-12.
Milan Historical Museum
10 Edison Drive, Milan
A seven-building campus "just steps from" the Edison birthplace, the museum offers engaging exhibits and hands-on activities related to Milan's canal and shipbuilding history, toys from the past, a general store, a renowned glass collection and other topics. Named a National Trust for Historic Preservation Distinctive Destination in 2002.
Hours: Closed in January. Open February through May 1-5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Admission: $7 adults, $6 seniors, $5 for ages 4 and younger, $20 per family (two adults and two children).