Connect to a Cause 2022

September 15, 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Mark your calendars for Connect to a Cause, the Community Foundation of Lorain County’s special 12-hour online fundraising day to help Lorain County nonprofits. Lorain County Historical Society is so excited to be participating again this year, along with 73 of our colleagues. Last year, $277,000 was raised! Money contributed to LCHS during this special campaign will be designated for our endowment fund, with a portion to be used to purchase new holiday decorations for The Hickories Museum! A donation to Lorain County Historical Society in any amount on September 15 can make a difference! Donate at To make a donation via mail, please contact the LCHS office at (440) 322-3341 or

The Hickories Museum Open House

The Hickories Museum, 509 Washington Ave, Elyria
September 16, 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Come tour The Hickories! The Hickories was built in Elyria 1894 – 1896 for the family of Arthur Garford, when the population of the city was approximately 6,000 and Washington Avenue was an unpaved roadway. Garford, an entrepreneur and banker in downtown Elyria, and rode his bike to work. He was inspired to invent a padded bicycle seat. He organized Garford Manufacturing Company and soon began selling a million “Garford Saddles” every year. The Hickories was the first house in Elyria to have electricity, central heating, and running water. Windows in the house are made of imported sheet crystal and stained glass. The architect was Arthur N. Oviatt, who designed a number of large residences in Cleveland. Thirty shagbark hickory trees were planted in the landscape surrounding the property. The residence was vacant from 1933 until 1948, when it was converted into a boarding house by the Handyside family. The Hickories was purchased by the Lorain County Historical Society in 1975 and opened to the public as a museum. This event, part of Ohio Open Doors, is free and open to the public.

Spirit Walks

Ridgelawn Cemetery Elyria

Enjoy the fall weather while learning about the history of our area when you join LCHS for our annual cemetery walks in Elyria’s historic Ridgelawn Cemetery this October! Walks will be held October 1 at 1:00 & 3:00 PM, October 20 at 5:00 PM, October 22 at 1:00 & 3:00 PM, and October 25 at 5:00 PM. Tours are appropriate for all ages. Strollers and wagons are welcome, although the grounds of the cemetery may be difficult to navigate at times. Registration is required, $8 per person ($5 for LCHS members).

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October 20, 22, & 25 Tickets

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