About the Portage County Historical Society


Contact Us

Mail: Portage County Historical Society, 6549 N. Chestnut St. Ravenna OH 44266
Telephone: (330) 296-3523
E-mail: pchsohio@neo.rr.com. If a request for research of family or Portage history is sent please note that it may take up to 6 weeks or longer for a reply. Our staff is all volunteers and our hours are very limited. We no longer have a full time researcher. If a member of the society is interested in helping out in this area please contact the museum.

To view listing of Historical Society publications and our Fund Raising Publications for sale click here.

[Please note that if you are ordering Portage County Genealogical Society Cemetery Books from this site you must use their order form and send a separate check to their society address. Thank you.]


Portage County is located in Northeast Ohio, south of Cleveland, west of Youngstown and east of Akron. The Portage County Historical Society is located at 6549 North Chestnut St. in Ravenna, Ohio.


From I-76: Exit at St. Rt. 44 North. Continue on 44 into Ravenna (Prospect St.). Turn left (west) onto Main St., proceed one block on Main St. and turn right (north) onto Chestnut St. Continue north on Chestnut. The Society will be on the west (left side), just before Maple Grove Cemetery, which is on the east side of Chestnut Street and the Ravenna High School new building is just north of the historical society property.

From the Ohio Turnpike: Exit at Rt.14, at Streetsboro. Travel southeast on Rt.14 through Streetsboro and continue on Rt. 14 approximately 8 miles. Turn right onto Chestnut St. (Rt. 44) at the intersection of St. Rts. 44 and 14 (Sheetz Gas station on the corner). Pass Robinson Memorial Hospital on the right and GE Lamp Plant on the left. The Historical Society is on the right (west) just past the Ravenna Stadium and south of Maple Grove Cemetery.



Thursday 2-5 PM
Saturday-9:30 to Noon CLOSED the First Saturday of the Month due to Genealogical Society meeting


Special group tours can be arranged. Please call 330-296-3523 to set up an appointment

A $5.00 donation charge per person is requested for all tours of complete facility.
Tours of the museum only are $3.00


The Portage County Historical Society was formed in April, 1951, as a non-profit educational society whose objective is "to collect, preserve and display items of historical value" relating to Portage County; to collect historical material of all kinds; and to "promote and disseminate historical information."

One of the society's goals is to encourage interest in the history of Portage County. This is achieved by the many activities of the society which includes tours of the museums and grounds for school groups and the public, a free lecture series, displays of historic items, a research library, numerous publications, speakers, and various preservation activities.

Besides the Lowrie-Beatty museum, the society's twelve acre site includes the Carter House, an early pioneer homestead; the Strickland House, an 1860's brick home: the John Campbell Land Grant Office, 1810-1811; the Mahan Barn, an 1810 New England type barn; the Ford Seed Company Museum, housed in an old photographer's studio; a restored Case Steam Traction Engine; the unique Proehl-Kline Clock Tower housing the 1882 Portage County Courthouse Seth Thomas clock and courthouse bell; a restored Log Cabin dating back to the 1830's; and various farm buildings. In addition, the Portage County Historical Society owns the site of the 1820's Mantua Glass Factory, Mantua, Ohio.

The Carter House & the Strickland House are both open for tours and are available for rent to use for club meetings, small parties or class reunions, bridal and baby showers, and weddings.

The Indian Village is is available for camping for Scouts groups, young people church groups, etc.

We have an Amphitheater that is available for rent as well. The area has a stage/pavilion made of composite materials and has electrical outlets (110 volt) around the stage. It is covered for protection of stage players. Seating is provided on a stone step wall or bring lawn chairs or blankets for the grassy area surrounding the stage. Rock Bands, folk groups, dancers, and children's theater have made use of the space so far. Picnics can also be held there for a fee.

Call 330.296.3523 for information on renting the homes or stage or scheduling a camp outing.


President -Wayne Enders

Recording Secretary - Christina McVay

Executive Secretary- Rita Scott

Treasurer - Barb Petroski

Trustees -Byron Brown, Criss Cefus, Claude Custer, Richard Fetzer, Jeff Jones, Robert Kunst, Angie Reedy, Brian Rhinehart, Deborah Sunderland

Your Membership in the
Portage County Historical Society is welcomed.
All donations are tax deductible.