Learn to play croquet at Hayes Croquet Club

Break out the mallets and croquet balls and learn to play the timeless game at the Hayes Croquet Club at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums in Fremont.

People can learn to play croquet, a game popular during President Rutherford B. Hayes’ day, this summer at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums in Fremont.

The Croquet Club at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums has matches scheduled through October on the lawn of the historic Hayes Home and is looking for new members.

Non-members also are invited to play at any of the matches. There is a $5 fee for non-members to use Hayes Presidential Library & Museums’ equipment.

Croquet can be played with two or four players and involves using a mallet to drive balls through wickets. The first side to score seven points wins.

With a club membership, players can use the club’s equipment and Hayes Presidential Library & Museums’ courts, participate in all club events and receive a membership card and information packet. Courts must be reserved at the museum reception desk.

Annual memberships are $25 per person or $40 per couple. Members also are eligible to join the United States Croquet Association for $30 per person or $45 per couple. Members are not required to join the USCA to be a member of the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums’ Croquet Club. This year’s croquet matches are held Wednesdays at 6 p.m. on Aug. 14, Aug. 28, Sept. 4, Sept. 18 and Oct. 2; and Sundays at 2 p.m. on Aug. 4, Aug. 11, Aug. 25, Sept. 8, Sept. 22 and Sept. 29.  For information, contact Joan Eckermann at 419-332-2081, ext. 245, or jeckermann@rbhayes.org.

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