Sylvania Historical Village & Heritage Center Museum
Sylvania Historical Village and Heritage Center Museum bring our history – our collective story – to life. Step through our doors and you enter the world as our ancestors knew it for the past 200 years.
5717 N. Main St.
Sylvania, Ohio 43560
Heritage Sylvania Your Bridge to the Past – Your Path to the Future
Heritage Sylvania was formed in 2019 as the merger of three historical organizations with long roots in Sylvania: The Sylvania Historical Village, the Sylvania Area Historical Society and The Friends of the Lathrop House. Under our new banner, we still have the same mission- to celebrate the past with audiences of today.
The Heritage Center Museum located right on Main Street is housed in the early 20th century home and office of Sylvania Doctor Uriah A. Cooke. The Museum features rotating exhibits as well as permanent displays on Dr. Cooke and his family sharing the story of early 20th century life.
The Historical Village features original and authentic reproductions of historic building. The village includes one of the oldest Depots in the State which served Sylvania for nearly 100 years. Along with the Depot, we have an original 1800s log home, a replica stone school house and an original 1915 Train Engine which once ran the interurban trains servicing Sylvania and points west and north.
The Lathrop House is the only Underground Railroad station in Northwest Ohio open to the public and presents the important role our region played in helping hundreds of enslaved peoples escape to freedom.
We offer a variety of programs for adult and student groups by reservation. Annual events on site and within the community provide memorable fun for families! Special programs focus on historic topics for all ages.