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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
2017 Scheduled Meetings
Open House Tours
503 Brown Street
Sunday, December 3,
Last tour begins at 4PM
Saturday, December 9, 2017
All members are welcome to attend.
a special gift for Christmas? The Niles Historical Society
offers several books that feature Niles history. Click on
the link to see books available: Books
A favorite book for that special
A Pictorial History of the
Buildings of Niles Ohio
Over 400 high quality images
from 1895-Present Day
Order your book from the Niles
Cost of book is $40.00 pickup
or $45.00 shipped
Call: 330.544.2143 or
Call Sandy: 330.652.8329
The Niles Historical Society
will be hosting its monthly open house of the Ward-Thomas
Museum at 503 Brown Street on Sunday December, 3 from 2:00-5:00
with the last tour beginning at 4:00.
The theme is Christmas in New
York City with collectable New York buildings on display throughout
The society will also be participating
in the city's McKinley Christmas on Saturday December 9 from
12:00-4:00. There will be tours of the main floor of the museum.
A Christmas tree decorated with
White House ornaments will be in the parlor and Christmas
Longaberger baskets in the kitchen. There will be live music
and refreshments in the Westenfield Room along with treats
for the children.
Calendars will be for sale featuring
pictures of recreation in Niles in the past such as Waddell
Pool. McKinley Theater, and Handy Andy. Cost will be $10 and
$1 for shipping.
Also for sale will be McKinley
Memorial Centennial ornaments for $20.