THE REYNOLDS FAMILY HAS LIVED IN THE CITY OF MAUMEE FOR MANY YEARS. ONE OF OUR FAVORITE HOMETOWN AFILIATIONS IS WITH THE MAUMEE VALLEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY ALSO KNOW AS THE WOLCOTT HOUSE MUSEUM. WE HAVE VOLUNTEERED OR CONTRACTED OUR TIME ASSISTING THE STAFF ON VARIOUS PROJECTS. RECENTLY WE WERE INVOLVED WITH RESTORING THE FOUNDATION UNDER THE RAILWAY MUSEUM AND RELOCATION THE BOX SCHOOL HOUSE FROM PROVEDENCE TOWNSHIP TO THE MUSEUM GROUNDS. WE HAVE DEDICATED THIS PAGE TO SOME OF OUR FAVORITE PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE MUSEUM PROJECTS.
Finished interior with box stove and hand made desks. Wood desks would be original to the period of the 150 year old school house. They were made for the Wolcott house by local businessman Lou Boehk.
Original cornice found above one of the two entrances and it's reproduction made new. These were made for the school house by Mr. Don Bauerschmidt.
Full demension rough cut 2 inch by 12 inch floor joist under train museum. You may still see the saw blade marks in these. Second photo is of some of the original mortice and tenon framing from the Box School House. The framing on the school house is thicker than most homes built today.
My life was filled with stories from my parents childhood. My Grandfather Charlie worked for the New York Central and my Dad told me of trips on the milk train to relatives near Defiance where they still taught in one room school houses.
My Mom's Dad was a minister and his first congregation was a small church in a small town, much like the one found on the Museum grounds.
Imagine what it must have been like in Maumee with brick paved streets or no pavement at all. Coal was the fuel for trains and heating your home. Once a year you had to scrub your walls to remove the coal dust. Gas powered cars were the exception and your neigbors still had a horse. Airports weren't invented, the interstate was not even an idea and the best way to get to Cincinatti was by a conveyance called the Interurban.
We would like to make a special mention to a long time friend of our Mother, Mrs. Pru Lamb. Pru was a fixture of the Historical Society for several decades. This stone is found in the garden that bears her name along side the Wolcott House on River Road. Please click photo for a larger view.
THE 1840'S HOUSE. DONATED TO THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY BY CHARLES AND KATHERYN REYNOLDS.
MEMORIAL PLAQUE FOUND OUTSIDE OF THE 1840 HOUSE. IT SAY'S "GREEK REVIVAL TOWNHOUSE C. 1840, ORIGINALLY LOCATED IN MAUMEE AT WAYNE/GIBBS STREET..."
BOX SCHOOL HOUSE. ORIGINALLY LOCATED IN PROVIDENCE TOWNSHIP IN FAR LUCAS COUNTY. MOVED AND REHABILITATED IN 2008. CHARLES AND BRAD REYNOLDS DONATED THEIR TIME AND EXPERTISE IN THE MOVING AND RESTORATION OF THIS PRIME EXAMPLE OF A 150 YEAR OLD OAK FRAMED SCHOOL HOUSE.
MAUMEE RAILWAY MUSEUM. ORIGINALLY LOCATED ON ILLINOIS AVE ACROSS FROM THE ANDERSON'S GRAIN ELEVATOR. IN 2009 REYNOLDS CONSTRUCTION RAISED IT ONE BLOCK IN HEIGHT AND REPAIRED THE EXISTING MASONRY WALLS.
WOLCOTT HOUSE BARN. BUILT IN 1979 BY REYNOLDS CONSTRUCTION AFTER THE ORIGINAL WAS FOUND TO BE SUCH DISREPAIR IT COULDN'T BE SAVED. THE WINDOW ON THE FRONT WAS SAVED FROM THE ORIGINAL STRUCTURE.