After a months-long closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hoover Historical Center at Walsh University is excited to reopen to the public for adjusted tours on Thursday, July 9. Additional precautions are being taken to ensure the health and safety of our guests.

Hours of operation will remain Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons. Guided tours will begin at Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 pm. Reservations will be required and space will be limited to ensure social distancing. Reservations can be made by calling the Center at 330-490-7435.

All who enter the HHC will be required to bring their own mask to wear for the duration of the tour. Each tour will last 45 minutes to allow for cleaning and sanitizing in between. Guests who are feeling ill or have been recently diagnosed with COVID are asked to reschedule their tour by contacting the HHC.

As the steward of the history and legacy of The Hoover Company, the HHC maintains a vast collection of items related to that history. In order to further protect our guests, volunteers and staff from the virus, we are temporarily suspending artifact donations until at least September 1, 2020. If you have Hoover-memorabilia you are interested in donating, please contact Director Megan Early at 330-244-4667 for more information.


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. In addition, visitors can use a reproduction of a manual 1910 sweeper, turn on a Hoover canister that floats on a cushion of air, and attach a Hoover hand-held vacuum to a portable wall. Historical videos/DVDs are available for viewing.

Grounds are complemented with beautiful award-winning gardens tended by volunteer members of The Herb Society at the Hoover Historical Center.

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 has limited wheelchair accessibility. 

The Center offers a variety of programs throughout the year that have grown to become favored traditions in the community:

  • 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.

Contact

For general information, please call the public line: 330-490-7435. 

Megan Early, Executive Director: 330-244-4667 or mearly@walsh.edu

For group tour information or inquiries on Hoover history or to make donations of Hoover Company memorabilia, please contact Megan Early. 

Information regarding rental of Hoover Park facilities is available here

Owned and operated by Walsh University, the Center is located at 1875 E. Maple St., North Canton, Ohio 44720-3331, inside Hoover Park and across the street from the University.

Directions 

Please note:  The City of North Canton will begin the East Maple Street enhancement project on Monday, September 14, lasting at least 40 days. East Maple will be closed just west of the Hoover Park/Walsh University entrance. This traffic disruption will NOT affect hours of operation at the HHC. However, guests coming from to visit from the west side of North Canton will need to take Schneider or Applegrove to Market to access East Maple.

From the South

Follow signs to Canton/Akron/Cleveland on I-77N. Take exit #109A Whipple Ave. exit. Turn right at the light to travel north on Whipple. Light at Everhard, go straight. Follow Whipple. Just past Toyota dealer on the left, look right for Maple Street which dead ends into Whipple from the right. Turn right on Maple (traveling east) and straight through all lights and stop signs (following signs to Walsh University). Hoover Park and the Center are located just two miles past The Hoover Company on the left and across the street from Walsh University.

From the North

Follow signs to Canton on I-77S. Take exit #111 (North Canton/Canal Fulton).Turn left at the light. This is Portage Street and travel east. Go straight through lights and over railroad tracks. Stay in right lane. Light at Wise turn right (traveling south). About ¼ mile down is a 4-way stop at Maple Street. Turn left on Maple (traveling east) and straight through all lights and stop signs (following signs to Walsh University). Hoover Park and the Center are located just two miles past The Hoover Company on the left and across the street from Walsh University.