Before renovation
On Founder's Day June 19, 2010, The Reily Historical Society
opened it's doors of the new museum at 6207 Main Street  
Reily, Ohio from 2:00-4:00 to the public.  Everyone was
impressed by the great renovation and the things inside that
we have already accumulated.  We need many more things  to
share with the community.  If you have any Reily antiques,
pictures, household items, furniture etc. that you would like to
donate, or loan, for display, please let us know.  
We post requests from people who email the website for
information on their family history. It will be useful to obtain any
pictures, and information that our members or the community
may have for these people. Anyone wanting to post a request
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Reily Historical Society
The Reily Historical Society met on September 3rd at
The Reily Community center. Mr Dan Finfrock gave his
presentation on the history of Railroad lanterns. He
brought many different lanterns for us to see,their
purpose in the history of railroading was important to
lighting and signaling. He had examples of the
different types of lanterns starting with candle burning
lanterns. He showed the change in the designs over
the years and the reasons for changing the design and
types of fuel oils they burnt. Very interesting
The Reily Historical Society met on Tuesday, October 1
at the Reily Community Center. Ms. Laura Nagala local
farm owner and historian presented "Keeping the
History of Springdale Cemetery Alive", Ms. Nagala gave
a very interesting and informative slide show program
based on this cemetery. It is located on Springfield
Road, one mile west of Reily in Reily Township. Ms.
Nagala discussed how the private cemetery was
created in the early 1800's from land belonging to one
of the local farmers. She researched many of the
individuals buried in the cemetery. Several were the
early merchants of the area such as sawmill, gristmill
operators, blacksmiths, general store owners, funeral
parlor and tavern owners.The cemetery is active today
and the private board of supervisors continues to
maintain the property. Here are some photos from her
The Reily Township Historical Society met on
Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at the Reily Twp.
Community Center
Mr. Tim Gillespie, Owner of Gramco Feed and Seed,
and Local Historian, present
ed; “Film Night –
Rentschler Family Films of Hamilton from the 1930’s
and 40’s”. The films show
ed how Hamilton and the
Rentschler owned Hamilton Foundry helped the WW
II effort by supplying iron and steel and numerous
pieces of equipment to the US military.  
It showed
the hard work and efforts by the people to support
the war and their country at that time. There was
also a short nature film and a film with the top
headlines of the era. Very historic and interesting