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Family Membership: $30.00
Patron Membership: $50.00
Business Membership: $100.00
Lifetime Membership: $500.00
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in 1862, the Ward Thomas House was the home of two prominent Niles
industrial families. James Ward, who built the house,
was a pioneer in the iron industry in the Mahoning Valley. He
built puddling plants, Falcon Nail and Iron Company and the Russia
mill for manufacturing steel.
owners were John and Margaret Thomas who came
to this country from Wales. The Thomas family founded the Niles
Firebrick Company and later, Mahoning Valley Steel. The Thomas
family occupied the house until 1969 when the property was deeded
to the City of Niles. Through the efforts of Clare Westenfield,
a local attorney, the house became the home of the Niles Historical
house is now a museum consisting of fourteen rooms, many furnished
in the style of the period, some with furniture owned by the Thomas
family and donated to the museum. The museum collection has more
than 5000 items, including many from the two families. Throughout
the museum, mannequins wear life size replicas of the White House
ladies’ gowns displayed at the Smithsonian Institution in
on the five acre property are a recently restored barn and a 1925
green house as well a various gardens and 56 varieties of trees
in the arboretum. Care of the house and gardens is done by volunteers
and the house is decorated appropriately for each season.
the back porch of the Ward-Thomas house, a walk-way leads to a
secondary building. This building is used as a workspace for the
first Sunday of each month the Thomas House is open to the public
from 2 - 5 pm.
The last tour begins at 4:00 pm and ends at 5:00 pm.
guided tours may be arranged by contacting the Niles
or calling: 330.544.2143.
Niles Historical Society
July-August 2018 Scheduled Meetings
Historical Society will be participating in
Harry Stevens-Hot Dog Day, Sunday July 1, 2018.
Prepared food, baked goods, and historical books will
be on sale.
Therefore, there will be no open house of the Ward-Thomas
Museum that day.
August 4 12-5 PM
The Ward-Thomas House and barn will be open
Vendors will have tables of merchandise for sale.
Activities for children.
A presentation by Birds in Flight at 2:00
An historical talk by Sean Posey at 3:00
A vocal music performance by Amanda Beagle,
Miss Ohio 2004, at 4:00.
Artisans, crafters, and vendors
may sign up
to take part by calling: 330-652-8329.
The membership meeting will
be at 10:00 on Saturday July 7.
10:00 AM Westenfield
All members are welcome to attend.
The Niles Historical
Society Officers for 2018
Front Row l-r: Treasurer,
Linda Ralston; President, Anna Marie Beagle.
Back Row l-r: Trustees, Nancy
Malone and Sandy Bilovesky;
Vice-president, Dave Martin; Secretary, Coleen
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are for sale Here.