With over 95% of the original family furnishings, the Reeves Museum, a 17 room Victorian mansion and Carriage House in Dover, Ohio, just minutes away from the heart of Ohio’s Amish country, was the home of industrialist Jeremiah E. Reeves.
Your experience begins in the Carriage House, where you will be met by a volunteer who will collect your admission and give you a brief overview of your visit. If your tour guide is ready, you will be escorted to the home. If not, you will have time to browse the 2 story Carriage House, which includes the family’s 1892 original carriage, the youngest daughter’s 1922 Rausch & Lang electric vehicle, a timeline of the history of Dover, complete with its importance to the Ohio & Erie Canal, a smaller rotating exhibit currently housing the history of the Dover City Schools, and the museum’s gift shop.
Your guided tour of the home will take approximately one hour, led by a knowledgeable docent, who will share the history of the family and the home, including how the current caretakers, the Dover Historical Society, came to own this beautiful piece of Dover’s history. You are escorted to all 17 rooms of the home on all 3 stories, including the third story ballroom.
Your tour will end back in the Carriage House, where you can enjoy pictures of the transformation of the home in the 1940’s, then back again to its original splendor in the late 1970’s/early 1980’s.
Regular operating hours are June 1 – October 31, noon-4:00pm, Wednesday – Sunday. Our Christmas season runs November 11 through December 22, and December 27-December 30, 7 days a week from 1:00pm-7:00pm, with the last tour leaving at 6:30pm. The Reeves Museum is closed December 31 – May 31, but tours can be scheduled by calling the museum office at 330-343-7040.
Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors 60+, $5 for children 5-18 and free for those 5 and under. We are located at 325 East Iron Avenue in Dover, Ohio.
For more information, visit our website at www.doverhistory.com, find us on FB at www.facebook.com/ReevesMuseum, Twitter at @ReevesMuseum, Instagram at reeves museum, or follow the along with the adventures of our mascot Jeeves on Twitter at @Jeeves_Reeves.
Kami Stanley is the Social Media Coordinator at the Reeves Museum, where she has also been a docent for almost 10 years. She enjoys sharing the history of Tuscarawas County through Reeves, as well as performing in the outdoor drama, Paul Green’s, Trumpet in the Land.