Our city is rich with history that we would love to share with you.

Although we have a heavy focus on our student programs, we always welcome people of all ages to our campus to learn the history of our region. From campus tours to downtown tours, we have so much history to share with you. Not a big history buff? That's okay, we have other events and workshops that can appeal to all interests. 

Historical Village Campus Tour

Hour and a Half Long - Mostly Walking / Some Sitting

Join one of our knowledgeable staff members on this hour and a half long tour of the Heritage Sylvania campus. Learn the history of our original and replica buildings out in our Historical Village - when they were built, the purpose, when they came to our village and how they got here. We will end the tour with a walkthrough of the first and second floors of the Cooke/Kuhlman House and learn the history of the family that lived and grew up here. 

There are restrooms available on the campus. All buildings are wheelchair accessible with the exception of the second floor of the Cooke/Kuhlman House.  

Each tour group cannot exceed 15 people due to the size of the buildings.

Tour Cost per Group: $35 weekdays 9am - 5pm | $50 after hours and weekends

Book a Tour


Lathrop House and Grounds Tour

Half Hour Long - All Walking

Get a first hand tour of one of the only Underground Railroad sites in Northwest Ohio, open to the public. Your tour will start outside of the building with a 360 view of the house and ravine, where escaped slaves would have travelled. You will then enter the house through the finished basement to learn about local abolitionists and how Sylvania fit into the Underground Railroad. You'll have a chance to see the hidden room that Lucian Lathrop built to hide escaping slaves, behind a false brick over. Finally, you'll have a quick glimpse of the unfinished first floor of the Lathrop House, exiting through the front door. 

There is a restroom in the basement of the house. The exterior ramp to the basement and the basement floor of the house are wheelchair accessible. The grounds and first floor are not accessible. 

Each tour group cannot exceed 15 people due to the size of the rooms.

Tour Cost per Group: $25 weekdays 9am - 5pm | $40 after hours and weekends

Book a Tour

Downtown Sylvania Historical Tour

Hour and a Half Long - All Walking

Go beyond our campus and learn about how Sylvania was established and the mile marker events that lead us to the Downtown Sylvania that we know and love today. Learn about the feud that resulted in the creation of downtown, the devastating events that changed the downtown, and the people who helped create what it is today. This tour takes place along Main Street, between Erie and Monroe. Start to finish is about a 1/2 mile of walking. 

Public restrooms are available. All walking will be on wheelchair accessible sidewalks. 

Each tour group cannot exceed 25 people. 

Tour Cost per Group: $50 weekdays 9am-5pm | $75 after hours and weekends

Book a Tour


Downtown Sylvania Haunted Brew Tour

in partnership with Upside Brewing

Sylvania is rich in history but do you know of it's dark, eerie past? Join one of our tours in collaboration with Upside Brewing, as we tour Main Street and uncover the true historical stories and mysterious details of our downtown. This guided tour includes 2 Dora adult beverages from Upside Brewing (Must be 21 and over). Tours are only offered each Sunday in October.

Tickets will be on sale in September 2024, through Upside Brewing's Facebook Page. Tours sell out fast so be sure to get your tickets once registration opens.

Tour Cost per Person: TBD

Visit Upside Brewing

Starlite in the Park: A Documentary Event Series

in partnership with Starlite Theatre Group

Join us for these incredible evenings of community, education and inspiration. Starlite theatre group hosts these viewings at least once a quarter. Each event will have a theme and will include a viewing of a WGTE documentary and a presentation by a knowledgeable guest speaker. Light snacks are always included. 

Tickets and list of events can be found on the Starlite Theatre Group website.

Visit Starlite Theatre Group


Adult Workshops


Occasionally, Heritage Sylvania will host adult workshops. Anything from woodcarving, holiday wreath making, to fun decor crafts. All future workshops will be posted on our events calendar and social media. 

We would love to host more workshops. If you would like to host your own workshop, contact us! 

Visit our events page to see all upcoming events. No workshops are currently scheduled. 

Events Page