Front View of Thomas House Five images of buildings and grounds
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Ward — Thomas Museum
Home of the Niles Historical Society
503 Brown Street Niles, Ohio 44446


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Mail: PO Box 368 Niles, Ohio 44446


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Built 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.

The second 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 Society.

Formal front door of Ward-Thomas Museum

The 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 Washington, D.C..

Two White House Ladies' gowns

Also 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.
Rebuilt green house

Proceeding from 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 greenhouse.

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.

Additional guided tours may be arranged by contacting the Niles Historical Society
or calling: 330.544.2143.

Building used as workspace for green house

 

History of the November 1, 1924 Riot

Ohio National guard patros the McKinley Memorial grounds

Saturday August 26, 2017
1:00 PM

McKinley Memorial Auditorium
40 North Main Street

Niles, Ohio 44446

Reservations suggested but not required
nat.mckinley.birthplace.museum@aol.com
330.652.4273

Sandy Bilovesky and Ralph Tolbert will discuss the events that culminated in the 1924 Riot.

Historical photographs, Newspaper clippings and artifacts will be presented.

Niles Historical Society
2017 Scheduled Meetings/Events

Annual Garage Sale

September 15-16

Friday 9 - 5

Saturday 9 - Noon

37 Hartzell Avenue

Niles, OH

330.652.8329

 


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