Wolcott House Attraction Maumee Ohio

Wolcott House

Just a short drive from downtown Maumee, Ohio along the Maumee River is the Wolcott House Museum Complex. Home of the Maumee Valley Historical Society, the complex takes visitors back to the early 1880’s and gives them a peek at what pioneer life was like in the Maumee Valley.

Named for James Wolcott, a prosperous businessman during the late 1820’s and early 1830’s, the complex consists of six buildings including two houses, a log cabin, a train depot, a church and a farmhouse. Of the six structures, only the Wolcott House is original to the site.

Built by Wolcott and his wife, Mary Wells, a granddaughter of the Miami Chief, Little Turtle, Wolcott House began as a log house and evolved into a beautiful two-story, 14-room Federal style mansion between the years 1827 and 1836.

The other house on the property is of the Greek Revival style and originally stood at the corner of Wayne and Gibbs Streets in the city of Maumee. Once belonging to the Fredericks family, the 1840’s house is now home to the Talking Turtle Gift Shop, where visitors can shop for antiques, hand-crafted items, books and brass, pewter and tin reproductions.

The 1850’s log cabin on the property originally stood on Sophia Street, near the Miami and Erie Canal. Built by a pioneer settler, the cabin was originally owned by the James Love family. Since it was moved to the property in 1962 , the cabin has been lovingly restored by volunteers and now included period furnishings and household tools of the time.

Once known as the Clover Leaf Depot, the train depot, was built in 1880 by the Toledo and Grand Rapids Railroad. It originally stood on Sophia Street, just west of Conant Street. Donated to the MVHS in 1971, the depot was restored through the efforts of diligent volunteers.

The Monclova Country Church on the property is a Gothic-style church built in 1901. Originally built for a United Brethren congregation, the church was moved to the complex in 1985. Many weddings take place throughout the year at the rustic church, which can accommodate up to 100 people.

Built in 1841, the salt box farm house was originally located on the outskirts of Maumee. Donated to the University of Toledo in 1965, the house was later sold to the MVHS for $1.00. Never modernized, it had no electricity, plumbing or heating when it was saved from demolition by volunteers after a fire. With the help of the Quester’s Organization, the salt box has been restored and furnished so guests get a real glimpse into life in pioneer Ohio.

Located at 1035 River Road in Maumee, The Wolcott House Museum Complex is open April thru December. Admission is $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for seniors, and $2.50 for children. The complex is open from 12:00 to 4:00 pm Thursday thru Sunday. It is closed on all major holidays. Guided tours of the complex are available at 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm. The Wolcott House Museum Store is open April - December, Thursday - Sunday from 12:00 to 4:00 pm. The Maumee Valley Historical Society is open Wednesday thru Friday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

*Note: the Wolcott House Museum Complex is NOT handicap accessible.

For more information log onto http://www.maumee.org/recreation/wolcott.htm.

Written by: Pam Ciepichal