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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.
2017 Niles Historical
President — Anna
Vice-President — Dave
Treasurer — Patty Burgess-Fisher
Secretary — MaryAnn
Corresponding Secretary —
Ruth Van Huffel
Sandy Bilovesky, Fremont Camerino, Nancy Malone
Front: Sandy Bilovesky, Fremont
Camerino, Nancy Malone
Back: Dave Martin, Patty Burgess-Fisher, Anna Marie Beagle,
Niles Historical Society
2017 Scheduled Meetings/Events
Harry Stevens Hot Dog
July 1, 2017
There will be no tours of the
Ward-Thomas House Museum on Sunday, July 2, as the Niles Historical
Society will be participating in the Harry Steven's Hot Dog
day in downtown Niles on that day. The society will have a tent
displaying information on Niles history and will be selling
historical books and items.
Heritage Days at theThomas
Saturday August 5, 2017
Heritage Day is being planned
for Saturday August 5th from 12:00-5:00 on the grounds of the
Ward-Thomas Museum at 503 Brown Street. There will be local
artisans,crafters, vendors, children's crafts, food and free
tours of the Ward-Thomas House. There will be no entry fee and
the day will be a family friendly fun event.