The Oregon Trail

In Fremont (pop. 16,309), where indigenous Wyandot people established a village along the main trail between Pittsburgh and Detroit in the 1700s, the main attraction is the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center (Spiegel Grove., 419/332-2081, Tues.-Sun. Jan.-Mar., $13), southwest of US-20, which encompasses the 25-acre estate of Civil War general and former U.S. president Rutherford B. Hayes, who lived here 1873-1893 and served as president 1877-1881. The nation’s first presidential library, the Hayes center includes the rather plain redbrick family house and a large museum displaying his public and private papers, sundry mementos, and his daughter Fanny’s dollhouse collection. Hayes is buried on a wooded knoll on the grounds, alongside his wife and their favorite horses.