Ashland County Historical Society

Preserving the History of Ashland County

Our Campus

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Dr. J.P. Cowan, a physician and member of the Ohio State Legislature and United States Congress, had the Manor House and accompanying Carriage House built in the 1850’s. Its stately appearance, thick walls and high ceilings made it a landmark, more...




The Eloise Ridgeway Noonan House was built in 1999 after a bequest from the estate of Eloise Noonan, long-time board member and supporter of the Society and museum. It is safe to say that without her help over the years, the museum would not exist today. The Noonan House is the administrative hub of the museum. The offices of the Executive Director and of the Curator and staff are there. More...



Many of the articles in the Carriage House were donated by members of the Thornburg family, most especially Robert Thornburg, who sat on our board and acquisitions team for many years.

The first floor of the Carriage House consists mainly of exhibits of industrial items from companies that served and employed Ashland residents. Myers, Faultless, National Latex, Hess and Clark, more...


Inside the Barn, guests will find antique farm tools, automovie jacks, and a collection of Ashland Soap Box Derby cars!





Mary Freer had no children of her own but raised nine orphans, including local historian Will Duff.  Upon her death, Mary willed 94 acres including a farm and a barn to Ashland County for use as an orphanage.  The Center Street (formerly Hayesville Rd.) farmhouse was converted to accommodate 19 children and was dedicated on October 17, 1907. In 1989, the home became the offices of various Ashland county agencies.  In 2016, the home,  which is located south of Morgan Avenue, was leased to the Ashland County Historical Society.  Although renovations have been ongoing, in 2019 the historical society received a $170,000 cultural facilities grant from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission.  This will allow remodeling for special displays, provide a community gathering room, space for quest speakers, and much more.  Construction will start in early 2020.