The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is site of the first presidential library in the nation (opened May 30, 1916). In addition to the Hayes Museum/Library, the site includes the 31-room Hayes Mansion, burial site of 19th U.S. President Ruterford B. Hayes and his wife Lucy, 25 acres of the President’s beloved ‘Spiegel Grove’ estate, and five sets of the White House’s original gates. Year-round special events and temporary exhibits ensure there always is something new for visitors.
The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is a complex comprising several buildings related to the life and presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes. It is the first presidential library, built in 1916, and one of three such libraries for US presidents during the 19th century.
Located in Fremont, Ohio, the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center comprises the Rutherford B. Hayes Museum and Library and Spiegel Grove, an estate encompassing the Hayes home, residence to several generations of the Hayes family. Opened in 1916, the Rutherford B. Hayes Center Library was the first presidential library and one of only three for a 19th-century president. The Center is supported by the private foundations, the Ohio Historical Society and Hayes Presidential Center Inc.
The library holds the 12,000 volume personal library of Rutherford B. Hayes, as well as materials relating to his military and political career, particularly of his presidency from 1877 to 1881. It also contains 70,000 volumes plus newspapers and journals from the time of the Civil War to the eve of World War I.
The library was built by the state of Ohio in 1916, and was expanded in 1922 and in 1968. Stephen A. Hayes, the great-great grandson of President Hayes, is the President of the Board of Trustees for the Presidential Center.