Welcome

Welcome to Heritage Sylvania: Your Bridge to the Past — Your Path to the Future!  We are a non-profit, multi-site history experience located on Main Street in the heart of Sylvania’s beautiful Historic Downtown.  Take a virtual visit below.

The Heritage Center Museum is now open Saturdays 11:00 – 2:00 and Sundays 1:00 – 4:00

The Historical Village can now take reservations for Day Camps and Small student and school groups for Spring and Summer.  Click here for more details.  

The Lathrop House remains closed due to the pandemic.  Follow us on Social Media for more updates.

  • The Historical Village

    features several original and recreated historic buildings which traces the early history and community life of our region.

  • The 1850s Lathrop House

    is the only Underground Railroad Site in Northwest Ohio open to the public.

  • The 1915 Toledo and Western Train Engine

    along with the 1920s Wooden Caboose and original Sylvania Depot Building showcase the ties to our rich railroad past.

  • Our Archives

    is a treasure trove of items that detail the big events and everyday life of our ancestors.

  • The Heritage Center Museum/Cooke-Kuhlman Home

    is the early 20th century home and office of Dr. Uriah Cooke.

We invite you to explore the past with us. From adult tours to student programs, classes to lectures, Community Days to Celebration of Freedom, exhibits to hands on experiences, we engage audiences of all ages.  You’ll hear the stories of the past and how those connect to our present.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Heritage Sylvania!

What’s new at Heritage Sylvania?

New special onsite Program

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History Detectives Field Trip in a Box

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Become a member or donor today

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We’d like to thank our newest business member The Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce.  The Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce is instrumental in attracting visitors, businesses and residents to our area.  Additionally, they host several major civic events and festivals throughout the year.  To find out more visit their website Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce #thischambermeansbusiness!

Reeb Funeral Home, located on Main Street in Sylvania, whose  goal is to ease the burden for individuals who have endured a loss and to shed a bit of light on their darkest hour. 

We thank Reeb and The Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce for their membership and support of our educational programs.

Support has also been provided by Ohio Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the federal CARES Act of 2020.