The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums will offer its annual GroveFest event on Saturday, June 27, on the grounds of Spiegel Grove with increased safety protocols.
GroveFest showcases Spiegel Grove, which is a state park, and includes nature organizations offering hands-on activities throughout the day. Hot dogs and ice cream will be available for a donation. A list of participating organizations will be posted at rbhayes.org.
The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with groups beginning to visit booths every 10 minutes starting at 10 a.m. The last group leaves at 1 p.m. Free tickets are required from https://www.rbhayes.org/events/.
This is one of the safety measures being used to help Hayes Presidential manage attendance and remain within the state of Ohio’s safety requirements. Hayes Presidential has consulted with the Sandusky County Health Department regarding this event to ensure it meets protocols for protecting visitors.
If there are open timeslots the day of the event, walk-ins will be accepted.
Tickets are available for household groups of no more than 10 people. A household group can be as small as one person. There will be one ticket per group. It is up to visitors to determine what constitutes their household group.
Entry will be timed to keep at least 6 feet physical distance between groups. All visitors are asked to enter through the pedestrian traffic gate at the intersection of Hayes Avenue and Jefferson Street, next to the museum building.
A staff member will have a list of ticket holders and check them in when they arrive at their designated time.
Visitor parking is off-site only with the exception of those who have handicapped tags for their car. Parking will be available on the street and in ProMedica Memorial Hospital’s parking lots at Buildings A and B, located at 605. Third Ave. Spiegel Grove is a short walk to the east of the hospital parking lots.
Staff and organization members at the booths will wear face coverings. Hayes Presidential asks that visitors wear a face covering while on the grounds but is not requiring them.
Hayes Presidential will close at 3 p.m. that day, and the last house tour is at 2 p.m. The Spiegel Grove grounds will close to the public at 3:30 p.m. for a private event.
The major sponsors for GroveFest are the Randolph J. & Estelle M. Dorn Foundation; Keybank NA Trustee for the Walter E. Terhune Memorial Fund; ProMedica Memorial Hospital. Activity sponsors are Unique Fabrications, Inc.; U.S. Bank Foundation.
This event also showcases President Rutherford and First Lady Lucy Hayes’ love of nature and the outdoors. At Spiegel Grove, they raised cows and chickens, planted trees and lovingly tended to the wooded property.
Lucy Hayes’ favorite pastime was fishing, and she loved nature so much that her official White House china bore images of the flora and fauna of the United States, from deer and raccoons to fish and lobsters.
Hayes Presidential is America’s first presidential library and the forerunner for the federal presidential library system. It is partially funded by the state of Ohio and affiliated with the Ohio History Connection. The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues.
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