We display items donated or loaned by local citizens, including an extensive clock collection from Dr. Fred Nichols, as well as wood carvings and cameras. Many items representing the town history, such as the bell and china pieces from the Alexandria Academy, the drum from the Community band, various military articles, and numerous historic photographs are included in the collection. There are a number of items that belonged to Willoughby Dayton Miller, the father of modern dentistry, who was born and raised just out of town. Historic clothing, including dresses and millinery produced by local dress-maker, Leah Browning, in the 19th century, and several rooms of period furnishings are other noted exhibits. Our gallery pictures highlight a few of our many treasures.
The most famous item,
currently on display, is the
writing desk of Admiral
Oliver Hazard Perry.
Originally aboard his
flagship, the USS
Lawrence, it survived the
Battle of Put-In-Bay in
The pre-Civil War house,
owned by Dr. L.C. Laycock until 1938, saw many uses. At
various times it housed a hotel and tavern and, in an adjoining building, held a cigar factory and then a halter factory.
Some of many of the tools at the museum.
Grandfather Clock from the collection of Dr. Fred Nichols, Alexandria, Ohio
Desk of Willoughby Dayton Miller, father of modern dentisry.
Wedding Dress worn by Alice May Oyler, sister-in-law of Carrie Buxton. Carrie was the wife of Harry Buxton, farmer and author of the Buxton Journal.
Hoover style cabinet in the kitchen of the Museum
Spinning Wheel and Organ in the parlor of the Museum