Individual Membership: $20.00
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.
Mark Your Calendar:
Saturday, September 29, 2018
NHS Garage Sale
Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday AM 9-Noon
37 Hartzell Ave.
Donations of household goods,
books, antiques and
miscellaneous items are being accepted and many useful
and interesting items will be offered at affordable prices.
Call Sandy Bilovesky
to deliver donations for garage sale
Sunday, October 7,
Open House, Ward – Thomas House
2 – 5 PM
First Annual Halloween Party
Grounds of McKinley Memorial
6 – 9 PM
Sunday, November 4,
Open House, Ward – Thomas House
2 – 5 PM
The Niles Connection
McKinley Memorial Library (sponsor)
1:00 - 2:00 pm
McKinley Birthplace Home,
40 South Main Street (location)
Ralph Tolbert (presenter)
12 – 4:00 PM
McKinley Memorial, McKinley
Birthplace Home and Ward – Thomas House
Niles Historical Society
October 2018 Calendar
The membership meeting will be
Saturday October 6 at 10:00.
Plans for participating in the first annual Halloween Party
and Pumpkin Walk at the McKinley Library on Saturday October
27 from 6:00-8:00 will be discussed.
This is in conjunction with The
Friends of the Library and the McKinley Memorial Museum.
The 2019 calendars featuring early
schools in Niles may be ordered by calling 330-652-8329.
The Niles Historical Society will
hold their monthly Open House tour of the Ward-Thomas House
at 503 Brown Street on Sunday October 7 from 2:00 to 5:00
( with the last tour beginning at 4:00.)
Garage Sale, Items, Volunteers!
The annual garage sale is scheduled for September
28 – 29, 2018. This is a significant fundraiser for the
Society. Please consider donating items. Sandy Bilovesky
will again host this event at her home, 37 Hartzell Ave., Niles.
Please contact Sandy at 330 .652
Volunteers are needed to help Sandy prepare items for set up
and for sale beginning now!