Wolcott Heritage Center

Home of the Maumee Valley Historical Society

Toledo Time Travels  |  By Tedd Long  |  12/14/2019 12:25 am

Home to the Maumee Valley Historical Society, one of our area's oldest and most respected history organizations, the Wolcott Heritage Center takes visitors back in time to explore pioneer life in the Maumee Valley. The historical society has been using the Heritage Center to accomplish its mission to collect, preserve study, interpret and communicate the history and culture of the Maumee Valley since the early 1960s. 

The main attraction of the Heritage Center is the Wolcott House. Built by James and Mary Wells Wolcott, this Federal/Classic Revival home overlooks the Maumee River where Wolcott built his steamships and operated a warehouse on the wharves below. Originally constructed as a 2-room log house, the structure evolved into a 14 room “mansion” between the years 1827 and 1836. Located in Maumee, at the Foot of the Rapids of the Maumee River, an important transshipment point serving Indian, French, English and American traders throughout the 19th century.

In addition to the Wolcott House, other historical buildings to explore include the Frederick House (circa 1840), the Gilver-Flanigan House (circa 1841), the Box Schoolhouse (circa 1850), the Log Cabin (circa 1850), the Maumee Clover Leaf Train Depot (circa 1880) and the Monclova Country Church (built 1901) which is available for weddings. This unique collection of authentic buildings offers a glimpse of life in the Maumee Valley in the 19th and early 20th century. Visitors can step back in time through rooms arranged with original furnishings and decorations. Displays of farm equipment and period clothing also help tell the story. Seasonal exhibits add depth to the overall experience.

Make sure you also leave time during your visit for the Maumee Memorabilia Museum. You can also pick up mementos to remember your visit at the gift shop located in the Frederick House. 

In addition to Saturday tours, the society hosts exhibits and events throughout the year, including their popular Christmas exhibit in November and December.  They also host a very popular lawn sale each summer.

More information for planning your visit is available at the Maumee Valley Historical Society at the Wolcott Heritage Center.

Plan Your Visit

What: The Wolcott Heritage Center

Where: 1035 River Road, Maumee, Ohio 43537

Hours: Guided Tours on Saturdays starting at 12:30 pm & 2:30 pm in the Wolcott House. Museum Office & Gift Shop Open Saturdays 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm and by appointment

For the Kids: In addition to school tours, the Heritage Center hosts programs and exhibits throughout the year that will interest kids.  

Cost: Admission is $6.00 for Adults ($5.00 for Seniors) and $2.50 for Students.

Parking: Parking is free.

For more local history, check out my history blog at www.holytoledohistory.com.