We invite you to explore the past with us. From adult tours to student programs, community events to changing exhibits, 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!

The Heritage Center Museum is now open Saturdays 11 - 2 and Sundays 1 - 4. The Lathrop House is open Sundays 1 - 4  Please note: Hours may change without notice.  Please check social media for current updates.

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 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.

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We'd like to thank our business patrons and sponsors:

RedBird Sylvania:  RedBird Sylvania's goal is to be a synergistic and cohesive group of people all working together to enhance the downtown business district. The association also serves as a communication network between downtown stakeholders. Red Bird sponsors great community events like the monthly First Friday Art Walks and Local Fest.  Click here to visit the Redbird Sylvania website and find out more about their events and happenings.

The Village Candy Shoppe located at 5727 Main Street is a retro candy lover's delight.  Unique Sweets! All kinds of candy. Nostalgic and New! Chocolates. Fun for all ages!! Click here to follow them on Facebook

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