Wood County Historical Center & Museum

13660 County Home Road, Bowling Green, OH 43402 - United States



The Wood County Historical Center & Museum is the site of the former Wood County Poor Farm, or Infirmary, which opened in 1869 under the Ohio State Board of Charities guidelines for social welfare, lending support to the county’s poor, sick, elderly, mentally ill, and homeless. Administrators believed useful work was therapeutic, so able-bodied residents helped with cooking, cleaning, and farm chores to make the County Infirmary a self-sufficient institution. After 102 years of operation, the Infirmary closed in 1971, but the impressive 30,000 square-foot building re-opened as a Museum in 1975, and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. Today, the site is managed jointly by the Wood County Commissioners, the Wood County Historical Society, and the Wood County Park District and is open daily for self-guided tours and special events.


OVER THERE! Send Word: The Wood County Boys are Coming! World War I, 1914-1918
This exhibit provides an immersive experience about the impact of WWI on rural Wood County, Ohio. Uniforms, medals, photos, trunks, weapons, and posters illustrate the reactions of soldiers, nurses, and citizens.

The Return to Normalcy: A Life of Leisure in Wood County. Fun times between the World Wars 1920-1939
As the war ended in 1918, soldiers returned home with a desire to relax and have fun. Inspired by the notable speech from Warren G. Harding, came this exhibit.


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