Wood County Historical Center and Museum

13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green, OH 43402 - United States





The Museum is the former Wood County Poor Farm, or Infirmary, and is open for self-guided tours daily.

This 51-acre site features the Wood County History Museum, a functioning oil derrick, nature trails, herb gardens and more.

This is a collaborative effort between the the Wood County Historical Society, the Wood County Park District, and the Wood County Commissioners.

The Museum is operated by the Wood County Historical Society and employees. They have many great events throughout the year as well as excellent exhibits.

The Wood County Park District maintains the site grounds and holds the annual Folklore & Funfest event at the Historical Center in mid-October. Folklore & Funfest is free and open to the public.

MISSION: The Wood County Historical Society is a community organization that makes connections between our past, present and future by capturing stories and cultivating memories of Wood County, Ohio and the County Home.


Featured exhibit for 2019: For Comfort & Convenience: Public Charity in Ohio by Way of the Poor Farm.

This exhibit examines the architecture and design of institutional life in Ohio, up until the 1930s, as characterized by the Ohio State Board of Charities and the people who worked to uphold “comfort and convenience” for public charity. These early standards set in motion a variety of social welfare practices that are used today.

Historical documentation shared from many counties are within diorama-style exhibits, along with 120 modern-day photographs of each county taken by local photographer Jeffrey Hall over the last two years.


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