Hoover Historical Center
Preserving the Hoover Legacy
A vibrant part of Walsh University, the story of the Hoover legacy unfolds in the Victorian Italianate-style farmhouse, and the "Sweeping Changes" chronological display provides a unique walk down memory lane.
EXPERIENCE THE LEGACY
The Hoover Historical Center is the Victorian boyhood home of Hoover Company founder, William H. Hoover. The Center is located inside Walsh University's Hoover Park in North Canton (originally called New Berlin) on original Hoover family farmland. Guided tours begin in a modest 1840s building that served as home for the Hoover family in 1852 until they constructed their farmhouse in 1853. The story of the Hoover legacy unfolds in the Victorian Italianate-style farmhouse. Amid elegant Victorian décor, the "Sweeping Changes" chronological display provides a walk down memory lane.
Antique manual vacuums, the first 1908 Hoover, vintage ads, products produced by Hoover for World War II, Hoover family furnishings and various ladies' fashions provide diversity for all interests. Among the interactives on the tour is a push-button to activate a recording of Hoover salesmen singing, "All The Dirt, All The Grit," the Company theme song of the 1920s and '30s. Interactives include use of manual vacuums from the early 1900s; a WWII helmet liner and metal helmet; a record player with a record of 1950s Hoover advertising; the 1956 Hoover Constellation canister which rode on a cushion of air; and current Hoover products. Historical videos/dvds are available for viewing.
Tours are conducted hourly at 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m., Thursday to Saturday, March through October. The Center is closed Sunday - Wednesday and on all major holidays. Advance reservations are required for groups of 8 or more. Morning reservations are available Monday-Friday. No admission is charged to "experience the legacy," however donations are graciously accepted and appreciated. A Gift Shoppe offers souvenirs. The Hoover Historical Center is wheelchair accessible.
Grounds are complemented with beautiful award-winning gardens tended by volunteer members of The Herb Society at the Hoover Historical Center.
The Center offers a variety of programs throughout the year that have grown to become favored traditions in the community:
- A 1860s baseball team, the Hoover Sweepers, play from May - September and display the goodwill of vintage base ball at various community festivals and events throughout Ohio.
- Members of The Herb Society at the Hoover Historical Center hold an annual Summer Garden Tea & Unique Boutique fund-raiser and tours of the award-winning gardens they tend on the Hoover family homestead.
- Storytelling conducted in the Banquet Hall inside Walsh University's Hoover Park each summer by some of the area's best storytellers.
- An annual Christmas Open House includes Santa and Mrs. Claus, live holiday music and a Christmas tree in every display room. Horse-drawn wagon rides are part of the agenda. Homemade cookies and hot chocolate complement the festivities.