The Jefferson Depot Village

Depot Activities

1890  TOURS:   Historic 19th Century Jefferson Depot Village 
                                                                Ashtabula County's "Living History Village" Museum
                                                                        Open:  June - October 15   $10.00 Donation

1890 becomes "ALIVE" as you enter the gates into the historic 19th Century Jefferson Depot Village in Jefferson, the County Seat of Ashtabula County, at
 147 East Jefferson Street, Jefferson, Ohio. Come spend a day in the 1890's.   Walk in your ancestors footsteps!

Costumed tour guides invite you to peek into the past as you stroll thru the 1872 Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad Station with its exclusive "ladies waiting room", wall -hung flushtanks, and original pot-belly stoves.
The quaint 1848 "Church in the Wildwood", originally the first Methodist Episcopal meeting house, beckons you to come in and hear the old-fashioned "pump" organ.  The 1849 Church Barn next door was built for the circuit-rider minister.
Enter the 1838 Spafford One-Room Schoolhouse, with its separate doors for boys and girls.  Hohn's General Store is filled with original fixtures and merchandise.  The 1860 Pharmacy contains the Jackson Drug Store collection, herbal remedies, and a medicinal herb garden behind.  
The 1888 Victorian House, former Methodist Parsonage,  and the 1845 Sheffield Post Office are a little upset about the J. Warner Tavern, circa 1816, that re-opened next door. The Benetka Blacksmith Shop is now open, the 1918 PRR Tuscan Red Caboose exterior is completely restored.  The 1879 Carriage House will be open in 2018.
See restoration in progress on the Girl's and Boy's Outhouses, the 1860 Library/Welcome Center, and the 1850 Queen Anne Victorian Home arriving in 2018. 
Free parking next door at the Methodist  Church..
OPEN:   Saturday and Sunday     1 to 4 pm
     Monday and Thursday   10 to 4 pm

Groups, Weddings, Reunions, Parties, Meetings:   Any time by appointment.  Please call    614-507-5246,  440-812-1100 or e-mail:

  Reserve Early:
           Wedding Chapel - the quaint 1848 "Church in the Wildwood".    Visit by appointment.    
           1872 Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad Station - for weddings, receptions, meetings, reunions, parties.

  All Events & Programs are Free for Members:
            Monthly meetings, 7:00 pm, and educational programs, 8:00 pm,  start in May, the first Monday of each month thru December.

           1890 School Field Trips by appointment.  Why just read about history . . . when you can live it!  Attend school in the 1838 Spafford One-Room
            Schoolhouse, recess, scavenger hunt assignment while touring thru the historic 19th century buildings in Jefferson Depot Village with
             interpreters in period attire.  Storyteller relates early history of Jefferson.  Brown bag lunch  by 1918 Red Caboose or Village Bandstand
             Schedule your visit by calling  614-507-5246,  440-812-1100, or e-mail:

          New this year:  Murder Mystery Tea -  June  2,  2018
          Mock Wedding & Reception of Jonathan Warner & Nancy Friethy (lst wedding in Jefferson)  -  July 28, 2018      .      

                                                 Annual  Events

           31st Annual Strawberry Festival -- Craft Bazaar

                     CRAFT  SHOW -  Sat.  JUNE  16, 2018    11 - 5pm                                                
                                                   Sun. JUNE  17, 2018    12 - 5pm
                     Chug on over to the Depot,  Set up and Sell  your hand-crafted 
                            treasures amidst historic 19th century buildings.
                    Strawberry Shortcake – Rootbeer Floats, 19th Century Building Tours
                    Quilt & Doll Show – in the 1848  “Church in the Wildwood”

Bandstand Entertainment Sat. 1pm, Live Music Sun. 1pm  - Kid’s Corner Games- Food
Festival FREE  -  Guided Tours Available for $10.00/Adult, under 10 free
Antique & Classic Car Show – Sunday, 1 - 4pm     50/50 Raffle

                     STRAWBERRY  FESTIVAL  -  CRAFT  BAZAAR
 Application:   Outside 12 x12 Space -  $40.00 for 2 days,  JUNE 16-17, 2018
Tables Not Provided:   Electricity Extra   * Set Up Saturday  8-11am  at  147 East Jefferson St. Street, 
Jefferson, Ohio                                                                                                                                  

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Address: ________________________________ City: ___________  St. __ Zip:________
E-mail:   __________________________   Info: 614-507-5246,  or 440-812-1100
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Mail Application and Check to:     Jefferson Depot, Inc.
                                                        P.O. Box 22
                                                        Jefferson, OH 44047

                             14th Annual "Early America LIVE" July 14-15, 2018

  1890 becomes "ALIVE" as you enter the gates into the historic 19th Century Jefferson Depot Village at
 147 East Jefferson Street, Jefferson, Ohio. (Ashtabula County) Walk in your Ancestors Footsteps Saturday,
 July 8th, 10am - 5pm, & Sunday, July 9th, Noon-5pm.

 Costumed kinfolk recreate the "period" as you peek into the past in the school, tavern, general store, pharmacy,
 Victorian house, post office, railroad station, church, blacksmith shop, and on the grounds.
Original Antique Collectibles in all the restored buildings.  The Pastor arrives on horseback Saturday, 11:00 am.
1890 School classes, recess, scavenger hunt.  Pump-organ concert, storytelling, pie-eating contests, herb garden
tours, ice cream social.  Grand Opening of the 1879 Carriage House with the "Fitch" doors (from one of the first homes
 built in Jefferson, where the Courthouse Annex was built)  Displayed inside is the 1864 Lenox Cornet Bandwagon,
1888 One-Horse Sleigh, the Jefferson Fire Department's antique Hose Cart, pulled by people.

     Dulcimer Concert by Bob Condon Saturday 1:00 PM, Jam Session following (players free)    
   "Dixieland Band"  Sunday 2:00-4:00 PM in the "1865 Lenox Cornet Bandwagon and Village Bandstand.
  Early skills  demonstrated  - Blacksmithing, Candle-making, Dying & Spinning wool, Alpaca, Pottery, Art, Basketry,
 Tussie-Mussies, Metal artistry, Make 'n Take Crafts, Hat Show, Pie-eating contests, games, an 1890 Food Menu.
                                                               FUN FOR ALL

Adults:  $10.00 donation requested. Under 10 free. Free Parking on E. Walnut St.
E-mail:   Cell Phone:  614-507-5246, 440-812-1100.

Annual  YARD  SALE  -  The 3rd Friday and Saturday in August.
Friday and Saturday - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   All proceeds benefit restoration.  Take an
opportunity to browse or sell your wares.  For more information, please call 614-507-5246
or 440-812-1100.

           Mock Wedding and Reception
-  Last Saturday in July in the 1848 "Church in the Wildwood"
             Reception in the 1872 Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad Station

  19th Century Harvest Ball   -  1st Saturday in October,   8:00 - 10:00 p.m.

               Music, Dancing, Light Refreshments, Dance Instructions for Victorian Era, Couples and Singles
               Welcome for the time of your life.  Swing to yesteryear music played on Grandma's Victrola. 
               Ladies wear Ball Gowns -  Men wear Vests, Sunday Best or Formal Attire. Members free.                Non-members may join for $10.00/yr. or make a donation.

Jefferson Depot Village Williamsburg Christmas 1st Saturday in December
Romp on down to the fragrantly decorated 19th Century Jefferson Depot Village each year for a FREE                      Santa's Workshop will be OPEN 3:00-6:00pm,
“ Old-fashioned Williamsburg Christmas Celebration”.  Festivities begin at 3:00 p.m. amidst twinkling                      loaded with Christmas Gifts for young and old,
candle lights and Williamsburg finery. Bring the family and enjoy sleighbell wagon rides, ice sculpture,                     in the Welcome Center.  (across from the
early games, make an ornament for the community Christmas tree, sing carols around the old piano and                     1872 Jefferson Depot)
the potbelly stoves, listen to Christmas stories and break the candy-filled  pinyata!  ((Children must be
accompanied by an adult)

You'll think you're in Colonial Williamsburg as you start the "Candlelight Walk thru the Historic
Depot Village" from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.  Visit the 1872 L.S.&M.S. Railroad Station, enter the gingerbread
house contest, listen to "Carols & Scripture" in the 1848 Church in the Wildwood, presented by the
  Jefferson Methodist Children's Choir, see the live nativity in the 1849 Church Barn.  Warm your heart with wassail
and cookies when the butler ushers you in the 1888 Victorian House.   It's free and you're invited,
compliments of Jefferson Depot members. ( Donations appreciated for restoration)
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