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Current Exhibitions:


Kenton is home to the famous Kenton Cast Iron Toys! Known for their high quality, this factory provided jobs for the people in Kenton from 1889-1952. The makers of the Gene Autry cap pistol, Kenton Toys are known throughout the world!


Jacob Parrott, the first Medal of Honor recipient, lived and working in Kenton after the Civil War. Come learn about his role in the Great Train Robbery! Also come and hear the story of Delano Moray, a man who risked his life to save his fellow soldiers, thus earning him the Medal of Honor.


Explore the early history of Hardin County and the Native Americans who lived here. Learn about early settler life and the hardships faced by those who moved through the Ohio Territory. Learn about Simon Kenton and Daniel Boone as well as The Prophet and Tecumseh.

Ray Brown was a great Negro Leagues player in the 1930s with nearly no recognition in his hometown Alger, Ohio. Projects and articles have been written about this iconic baseball player who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006. A historical marker was drafted and created for him to bring awareness to his legend. Learn more about Ray Brown by visiting the website here

Contact Us!

Address: 223 North Main Street Kenton, OH 43326

Phone: (419) 673-7147

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Free and Open to the Public.

Donations Welcomed! 



Wednesday - Friday Noon - 4 PM 


Second Saturday of the Month Noon - 4 PM


Sunday and Monday


Parking Located Behind the Building

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Visit the Hardin County Historical Museums!

Where the light of our past brightens our future! 

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Event by Hardin County Historical Museums, Inc.

510 Courtright St. McGuffey, OH

Duration: 2 hr

Public  · Anyone 

McGuffey Memories Historical Society for an fun educational evening to learn more about the history behind BOOM! Goes the Marsh: the 90th Anniversary of the Onion Pickers Strike. It will be presented by Chase Fleece, Historian

Hardin County Historical Museums, Inc. is entirely supported by Donations and Museum Memberships.​

Please Consider a Museums Membership

Annual Memberships - Student $10,  Individual $30

Family $50, Contributing Member $125 and

Sustaining Friend $250.

Lifetime Membership $500

Thank You

Thank You To Our Partnership Donors for 2024
Kenton Rotary Club
Home Savings & Loan Co.

Robinson Fin
Century 21 Sunway Realty LLC.
Brim's Imports Sales & Svs
Golden Giant, Inc.
Quest Federal Union
Wilson Tire Co.
Hardin Rec./Hillcrest Lanes
Hempy Water Conditioning Inc.
Perry Pro Tech

Thank you to our Grant Donors
United Way of Hardin County 
Hardin County Community Foundation 

America 250-Commission Grant

Thank You to the Following Celebrating the Museum Silent Auction Donors

Varsity Venue - Keith & Heather Wilkerson

Dr. Jonathan L. Warner, OD - Kenton Vision Care

Mitch Mitchel

Century 21 - Becky Reed Real Estate Agent

Maxline Express

Hardin Recreation/Hillcrest Lanes

MCI INC. DBA McCullough Industries

Rogers Nationwide - Beryl Dudek

Robinson Fin Machines Inc.

Steve Austin's Auto Group Jeff Austin Bellefontaine

Home Savings & Loan Co. Kenton

Judy Cross

The First Citizens National Bank of Dunkirk

Quest Federal Credit Union Kenton

Theresa Cannode

Kenton Rotary Club

Roz Anderson

Hempy's Water Conditioning Forest


Hardin County Early Military Exhibit 

The war exhibit featuring the Civil War, WW1, and WW2 is open to the public for a unique look into our local service men and women in uniform. The heritage that our community possess is rich in courage and honor from our beloved community families. 



 Recognizing the Following Donors Thank You

Hemphy's Water of Forest - Skinny's - Maxline Express -

Robinson Fin Machine - Dr. Warner Kenton Vision Care - Roger's Nationwide Insurance - First Citizen Bank of Dunkirk - Hardin Recreation Inc. Hillcrest Lanes - Home Savings and Loan -

McCullought Industries - Quest Federal Credit Union -

Memorial Park Golf Course - Anonymous - Middlefield Bank - Walmart - David Cline - James & Diane Hill - Roger & Julie Crowe - Thomas Wilcox Jr. -Peter & Jeanne Previte - Karl Thuman - Kenton Rotary Club - Kathleen Blumenschine -

Roz Anderson - Berkley Hill - Barb & Bob Wingfield - Gloria & Ed Patton - Don Mitchell - Tim Striker - William & Sharon Good - Ken Newman

Jack & Diane Fulton - Jeffrey Ralston -

Jerry & Pam Layman - John & Leah Moore - John & Becky Neville-Hardin County Players and All Who Purchased

Tickets to Celebrating The Museum

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