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Greenfield Honors those who have Made a Difference with Bike Racks/Benches

Soon you will start to see beautiful bike rack/benches in uptown Greenfield honoring many of our past citizens who made a difference. They will consist of a bench and attached metal silhouette depicting the particular person. It will be a welcoming addition to our village and offer a place to rest and learn about the individual. On the bench will be a brief description of the person and a QR code that can be scanned for more information.

The first two planned benches will feature George Braxton and Drusilla Blackburn.

Watch for this exciting addition to uptown Greenfield!


Bet You Thought Electric Cars are a Recent Thing...

Think again. Did you know an Electric Car appeared in Greenfield around 1902? F.R. Harris in his book Greenfield Chronicles highlights numerous cars in Greenfield over 100 years ago, including an electric car!

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Today is Tomorrow’s History

We often just think of Greenfield’s rich history as something that occurred in the past, maybe even a century or two ago. Actually, our history is truly living as we have businesses today making a difference in our community. To read more about some of these successful entrepreneurs, click here.

What’s your idea that will begin and prosper in Greenfield?


Did You Know about these Greenfielders who Made a Difference?

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Photo Scrapbook

The Society has a wealth of photos depicting life in Greenfield and we share a few in our virtual scrapbook. This collection will change periodically and we hope you will take the time to comment on any of the photos if you know something about it or perhaps you can identify any of the people who may be shown. Thanks and enjoy the photos.

Check out these photos of mothers and family.

View the Photo Scrapbook

Here's an interesting look at various homes and businesses in Greenfield - how they looked in the past, and a more current look. View this Then and Now look at the changing landscape of Greenfield.


Kick Off 2023!

The Greenfield Historical Society is starting 2023 activities with its first Sunday Dinner of the year on January 8. The event will be held at the Grain & Hay Building from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. The menu will include ham loaf, cheesy potatoes, green beans and or succotash, coleslaw, pineapple upside down cake, and drinks. The meal will be our usual sit-down meal with servers waiting on the guests. The community is invited to join us for a great meal and visiting with old friends. Cost of the meal is $12, and carryout will be available.

Proceeds from the Sunday meals go toward the society’s mission of preserving and sharing the great history of the Greenfield area including paying utilities, repairs for our seven buildings, and the preservation of the many items donated to the society. In 2022 donations from 36 sources included over 300 individual items that were cataloged and preserved for future generations.

Every spring the Greenfield Historical Society hosts the second, third, and fourth graders in the Greenfield school district for programs on some aspect of Greenfield’s history. The senior social studies students at McClain High School also make several visits to our buildings each year.

Future Sunday dinners will be held on February 5th and March 5th. Mark your calendars.


Photo Caption: Presenters from a past Ghost Walk helped the Greenfield Historical Society share the history of the Old Burying Ground

Home of the ONLY African-American Automobile Manufacturer in America!

C.R. Patterson and Frederick Patterson were inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, MI, July 22, 2021!

You can see the video acceptance speech from one of C.R.'s descendants, Richard Patterson, here.


The Historical Society of Greenfield Ohio, formed in 1949, is non-profit and exists to further historical preservation and education in Greenfield, Ohio, and the surrounding area. To this end it shall own and maintain all Greenfield Historical Society’s properties for collecting, preserving and interpreting archival materials and artifacts indigenous to the Greenfield area; encourage historical research; sponsor programs, displays and special events; be concerned with the preservation of historical buildings and cooperate with other organizations interested in historic preservation.

Officers and Board of Trustees

Wendy Royse, Jay HardyCo-Presidents
Susan Thompson, Vice President
Sharon Greene, Secretary
Judy Schmidt, Treasurer
Stuart McNeil, Assistant Treasurer

Board of Trustees

Jay HardyDoug KarnesStuart McNeil
Wendy RoyseHarold Schmidt
Patsy SmithSusan ThompsonSteve Winegar

The Board of Trustees normally meets the first Thursday of each month at Travellers Rest (see Calendar for times). The meeting is open to the public.

Travellers Rest is open on Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. or by appointment. During the months of December, January, and February, Travellers Rest will NOT be open Thursday afternoons, unless special arrangements are made. Normal Thursday hours will resume beginning in March. In addition, we will not be open on Thanksgiving.

Contact us
By Phone: 937 981 7890, leave a message and we will get back to you.
By email: info@greenfieldhistoricalsociety.org


Check our Calendar

For all scheduled events, please visit our Website Calendar as it will have the most current information. It will also list some events sponsored by other historical societies within Highland County.

You can also see our events posted on the Greenfield Historical Society Community Calendar.


Let us Host your Meeting

Consider having your meeting or class reunion at the Grain and Hay building. Contact us for details and costs.


The pictures on the Greenfield Historical Society website cannot be used without permission.

The Greenfield Historical Society
PO Box 266
Greenfield, Ohio 45123
(937)981-7890