Logan County History Center
521 E. Columbus Ave., Bellefontaine, OH 43311 - United States
Welcome to the Logan County History Center, which includes the Logan County Museum, Logan County Transportation Museum, and the 1906 Neo-Classical Orr Mansion.
Help keep history alive! Bring your family and your friends and join us as we explore the history of our community and this very special region of Ohio which boasts the highest point in Ohio, the oldest concrete street in America, as well as a swampy marsh that turned into Indian Lake and was once nicknamed Ohio's “Million Dollar Playground.”
The Orr Mansion has been historically renovated. The paint colors, wallpaper styles and furnishings are examples of what the house may have looked like when local lumber baron, William Orr lived in the home with his family from 1906-1920.
The owners of the home in the 1960s added on a nursing home to the mansion. We have converted the nursing home into a museum with themed exhibit rooms. The Logan County Museum includes an American Indian Room, an Agriculture Room, an Indian Lake Room, an Underground Railroad Room, a Military Room and much, much more.
The Transportation Museum is around to be reminiscent of the Big Four/New York Central Railroad Roundhouse that operated in Bellefontaine for much of the 20th century. The museum includes bays on various aspects of Logan County’s transportation history.
Highlighted exhibits include:
"A Salute to the Mills Brothers: One Man's Passion"
This exhibit contains around 100 Mills Brothers albums from the collection of one man whose love of the Mills Brothers turned into a close friendship with the group. An exhibit on the history of the Mills Brothers, including their move from Piqua, Ohio to Bellefontaine, Logan County, Ohio in the late 1920s. Bellefontaine remained the family home for many years.
"Never Be Bored with Board Games"
The new Toy Room exhibit will feature a history of board games and have a variety of iconic board games on exhibit.
We have exhibits honoring the Bicentennial (1820-2020) of the city of Bellefontaine. The exhibit will run throughout the museum and encompass aspects of other exhibits. We will n
Exhibit honoring Fraternal Organizations in Logan County. Featuring Knights Templar uniform and accoutrements. 33rd Degree Masonic Ring
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