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
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
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On FOUNDERS DAY, June 17, 2017 Reily celebrated 80
years of Reily History, the 70th year of Reily's Volunteer
Fire Department, the 10th year anniversary of the Reily
Historical Society and Museum. We had a great turnout,
the parade started at 10:00 AM down Main Street. There
were beautiful horses, Indian Creek Tavern had a float,
there were many antique tractors and cars. Some
generation farmers had their grandchildren driving their
vintage tractors. We had State Representative Candice
Kelly and District 4 Ohio Senator Bill Coley present.
There were pioneer camp re- enactments at the
Community center. The Hammond House Museum was
open all day for visitors.
We had hot dogs, fried chicken,potato wedges,
lemonade, ice cream and drinks. Our volunteer
firefighters and EMTs gave demonstrations on saving
farm workers lives during grain bin
accidents,demonstrated the newly acquired CPR
machine, and the jaws of life complete with a two car
accident pulling the passengers out to save them. We
are very lucky to have the local firefighters and EMTS that
we have in Reily, they are very conscientious and caring
with the latest equipment and knowledge that goes with
it. Hanover Township was present as well and supports
Reily when needed. We had a great raffle as well with a
handmade knife from Beaver Bill Keeler and a mountain
bike from Bakers Hardware, many other businesses
donated as well. Another great day in Reilys history.
The Reily Township Historical Society met on Tuesday,
February 6, 2018, at the Reily Twp. Community Center.
Ms. Stephanie Ison, Army Corps of Engineers Project
Manager, presented “Brookville Lake, What You Don’t
See”. She highlighted the history of Brookville Lake,
Franklin County, Indiana, from the early flood control
discussions in the 50’s and 60’s, to its final completion in
the 70’s, and the lake as a subsequent recreation
destination today. Ms. Ison discussed the relationship the
Army Corps of Engineers has with the Indiana Department
of Natural Resources, who also manages parts of
Brookville Lake. Prior to being named Manager, Ms. Ison
was a Park Ranger for Brookville Lake for several years.
Members and guests viewed many interesting photos
some historic regarding the building of the lake as well as
the historic town that was once there.
The Reily Township Historical Society met on
Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at the Reily Twp.
Mr. Dick Oertel, retired P&G Chemist, local
historian and stamp collector presented “Old
Mail and Old-Time Families”. Mr. Oertel’s
presentation focused on postal envelopes that
local residents from Oxford, Reily, Morgan, Ross
and Hanover Townships received in the mail
between 1855 and 1905. The envelopes opened
the door to interesting, and sometimes
surprising family history. Mr. Oertel presented
some slides of the old letters and images of the
people that received or sent those historic
TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2018 WAS OUR ANNUAL SHOW AND TELL
MEETING. OUR APRIL 3, MEETING WAS CANCELLED DUE TO
INCLEMENT WEATHER.MEMBERS AND GUESTS BROUGHT IN
VERY INTERESTING ARTIFACTS INCLUDING AN OLD BAND HAT
FROM A REILY BAND IN THE EARLY 1900'S, OLD SURVEYING
EQUIPMENT, OIL PAINTINGS OF REILY, ETC.
COME OUT AND ENJOY SOME REILY TOWNSHIP HISTORY.
The Reily Township Historical Society will host an Open
House, Saturday, June 16, 2018 at the Historical Society’s
Hammond House Museum located at 6207 Main Street,
Reily (Oxford), Ohio 45056.
The Museum Open House will be from 11 am to 3 pm.
Historical Society Board members will be on site to act as
guides during the open house. The artifacts were all
donated by former or current Reily Township residents. On
display will be Reily High School yearbooks, uniforms, and
athletic participation and spirit items. Many photographs
showing the Town of Reily and the surrounding township
will be available for viewing.
Members and non-members are invited and welcome to
attend. Refreshments and snacks will be served.