Lorain county historical society center - Italianate style house

Lorain County History Center

284 Washington Avenue, Elyria, OH 44035

Explore the fascinating stories of Lorain County’s past in the graceful rooms of the Horace Starr House, home to the Lorain County History Center.

This large Italianate-style mansion, completed in 1857, is the oldest remaining residence on Elyria’s Washington Avenue. The History Center has exhibit galleries, a research library, and a bookstore, all accessible by elevator.

Admission is FREE for all self-guided visitors. Donations are appreciated.

Summer hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Saturday noon to 4:00 PM.

LCHS Hickories House

The Hickories

509 Washington Avenue, Elyria, OH 44035

Tour The Hickories and “Meet the Garfords”, the family for which this beautiful house was built. Construction began in 1894 and was completed in 1896. Guided tours take approximately 45 minutes and require the ability to climb stairs.

During the summer, tours are offered Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 1:00 PM and Saturdays at 10:00 AM. Other times may be available by appointment. Click the button below to book your tour!

Tour Fees: Adults $5; Students & Children $3, Under 6 FREE; LCHS Members FREE. The Hickories is a Blue Star Museum and offers free tours to offers free admission to active-duty military personnel, including the National Guard and Reserves, and their families.

Interested in a group tour? Contact LCHS at (440) 322-3341 or education@lchs.org.

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