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COVID-19 UPDATE (8/31/2021):
LCHS museums are public facilities and we welcome guests with a variety of health conditions, ages, and vulnerabilities. We respectfully request that those who have not been vaccinated continue to wear a mask and observe social distancing while in our buildings. Sanitizing supplies are available throughout the museums for your convenience.
High-touch areas such as handrails and door knobs are cleaned regularly. In The Hickories, floor markers are in place to maintain distance between visitors and the docent.

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 residential property on Elyria's Washington Avenue. As the Lorain County History Center, the house contains exhibit galleries, a research library, and a gift shop. This museum has an elevator.

Tours of the History Center are self-guided and admission is FREE.

History Center Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

The Hickories

History Center

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. Tours are limited to groups of six or fewer individuals from the same self-defined/family group.

Tours are offered Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 1:00 PM; the first Saturday of each month at 1:00 PM; and other times by appointment.

Tour Fees: Adults $5; Students & Children $3, Under 6 FREE; LCHS Members FREE

Contact LCHS at (440) 322-3341 or education@lchs.org to arrange for a tour.

The business office of the Lorain County Historical Society is located in the Lorain County History Center. The office is open Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Please contact us at (440) 322-3341 or lchs@lchs.org with any questions.

We welcome groups for tours or programs! Please call (440) 322-3341 or contact education@lchs.org for more information.