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Spiegel Grove

 
 
Spiegel Grove Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, June 30, 1995
1. Spiegel Grove Marker
Inscription.  Spiegel Grove was purchased in 1845 by Rutherford B. Hayes’s uncle Sardis Birehard. He named it for the reflecting pools of water which collect after a rainfall. “Spiegel” is the German word for mirror.

Birehard completed the residence in 1863 and it was first used by the Hayes family as a summer retreat. It became the family home three years before Hayes was elected President. Additions between 1873-1880 enlarged the home to its present size. Four generations lived in the residence before it was opened to the public in 1956,

Opened in 1916, the first Presidential library & museum houses artifacts, documents and books about the family and the Gilded Age.

A monument of granite from the President’s ancestral home in Vermont rests over the graves of Rutherford and Lucy Hayes on their favorite knoll in Spiegel Grove.

The Hayes Presidential Center is a private non-profit corporation created to manage Spiegel Grove, the Library & Museum, Residence and other properties.

President Hayes asked distinguished guests to place their hands on trees that were then named after them. Some trees are now more that 200

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By Don Morfe, June 30, 1995
2. Hayes Residence
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years old.

White House gates, a gift from the United States in 1928, stand at the six entrances to Spiegel Grove, honoring Presidents and military heroes.

The natural footpath around the Sandusky River rapids was part of an Indian Trail from the Great Lakes to the Ohio River. Used by early French explorers, missionaries and Daniel Boone, it became Gen. William Henry Harrison’s supply route during the war of 1812.

In 1790, Cherokee Indians bound the captive maiden, Peggy Fleming, to this tree. A Wyandot chief, Tarhe the Crane, rescued her from being burned at the stake.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #09 William Henry Harrison, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #19 Rutherford B. Hayes series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1845.
 
Location. 41° 20.495′ N, 83° 7.742′ W. Marker is in Fremont, Ohio, in Sandusky County. Marker is at the intersection of Hayes Avenue and Buckland Avenue on Hayes Avenue. The marker is on the grounds of the Rutherford B. Hayes Library and Museum, Residence and grave site. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fremont OH 43420, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rutherford B. Hayes (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Spiegel Grove (within

Inside the Hayes Museum image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, June 30, 1995
3. Inside the Hayes Museum
shouting distance of this marker); Spiegel Grove State Park (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Croghan Gateway (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Spiegel Grove (about 600 feet away); Colonel Webb C. Hayes, M.H. (about 600 feet away); Captain Samuel Thomson (approx. 0.2 miles away); Maj. Gen’l. James B. McPherson (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fremont.
 
Rutherford B Hayes and Lucy Webb Hayes grave marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, June 30, 1995
4. Rutherford B Hayes and Lucy Webb Hayes grave marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 5, 2017. It was originally submitted on January 2, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 528 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 2, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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