Williams County Historical Society






Williams County Historical Society

    The Williams County Historical Society was founded in 1956 by a group of citizens interested in identifying the various sites of historical interest in the county.  Although the society also wanted to have a museum in which to preserve artifacts, it took another twelve years to achieve this goal.  Over time, the Society has expanded to include a number of historic sites, including the Hopewell Indian Mounds, the Kunkle Log House, the Quaker Meeting House, and the Hay Jay School House. 



    WCHS supports current and ongoing programs including presentations associated with special exhibits, school history tours, lectures, and plays. Our programs offer educational opportunities for children and adults through interactive exhibits and hands-on learning.


Williams County Historical Society Offers . . .


Children’s Own Museum
The children’s exhibit area includes interactive displays and hands-on exhibits. Experience a dress-up room, miniature office, drawing and coloring station, a sand table and high wheel bicycle. Fun for ages 2 and up.

Junior Historians enjoying the Children's Museum



Centennial Farm Program
The farm has descended through inheritances or purchases without interruption through successive generations of one family for 100 years or more.  Centennial Farms are recognized at the Annual Banquet in November.  If you are a family member and are interested in being recognized at the banquet, click here for application.

Gallery Talks
Scholars, collectors and advanced students of history regularly present gallery talks that focus on specific aspects of the museum’s collection, as well as special exhibitions. Talks will be announced through the media during June through October.

Hall of Recognition
An individual who is recognized for an outstanding accomplishment. Induction will be held on announced Sundays through the media.

In-school Program
“WCHS Goes To School” is a school-based program that brings the museum’s collection into your classroom.

Junior Historian Program
A summer learning program where children explore subjects of local history through workshops and hands-on activities. Fun for ages 8 and up. Registration is required.

Monthly Society Meetings
Society Meetings are held at the museum the first Wednesday of the month starting at 7:30 pm. Public welcome.

Volunteer Program
A chance for you to volunteer your time and talents in a friendly environment. We have something for everyone.

Mission Statement  To promote historical studies of Williams County and Ohio through discovery, organization, publication and the collection and preservation of artifacts.

Purpose  To encourage and promote education relating to historical studies, and more especially pertaining, to the County of Williams and State of Ohio, through discovery, collection, preservation, organization and, if practical, the publication of historical facts pertaining to said County and State and by the collection and preservation of artifacts which describe or illustrate progress of the County. 



611 East Main Street
PO Box 415
Montpelier Ohio 43543




Museum Hours

May thru October
Sunday thru Thursday
1 to 4pm


Business Hours

All Year Round
Monday thru Thursday
10 to 5pm






Museum Collection
County Museum
WCHS Sites
Home Page


Closed Holidays

Copyright  2008 The Williams County Historical Society

Questions?  Please contact us by email at or else by phone at 419.485.8200.

Last revised on 03/16/2009




Members of the group Ladybugs and Buckeyes model their own private collection of period costumes. 



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