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
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 email us
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Reily Historical Society
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 5, 2019, at the Reily Twp.
Community Center.
Mr. Mike Condo, President, Reily Twp.
Historical Society, and local historian will
presented; “Elias “Lucky” Baldwin”. Mr.
Baldwin was born in Reily Township in 1828
and eventually moved to California, where he
became one of areas greatest business
pioneers and speculators of real estate. He
was named “Lucky” because of his
extraordinary good fortune in several
business deals. This program is part one of a
two-part series that will continue in May 2019.  
Below are some of the fascinating old pictures
Mr. Condo displayed.
The Reily Township Historical Society met on
Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at the Reily Twp.
Community Center.
Mr. Dick Oertel, retired P&G Chemist and local
historian presented “An Old Oxford Store Journal
Comes to Life”. Mr. Oertel’s presentation
examined the well-worn pages of an Oxford
grocery store journal from the Fall of 1889.  Along
with providing information about the products,
prices, and practices of the time, the journal
helped to bring to life a great number of Oxford
and other local residents who purchased from the
grocery store during the holiday season that year.
The Reily Township Historical Society met on
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at the Reily Twp. Community
This program was the Historical Society’s annual
“Show and Tell.” We had a group of interesting
artifacts, some of which were antique tools for old
cars wagons,etc. Wooden and metal handled
wrenches, one marked Ford Motor Company.
We had old newspapers from Reily, two Reily
Gazettes and articles about Reily, including the
great bank robbery in 1909.
We had a WW2 soldier I.D. An old geography book
from Reily High school. We also had a Bissel
sweeper The "War Model" 75 years old.
Another member brought a "stereo Viewer" from the
late 1800s, this was made of leather, still functional
for viewing 3D cards and photographs including one
of Queen Victoria.
Mike Condo presented the second part of our two
part presentation on Lucky (Elias) Baldwin, who
was born and raised in Reily, Ohio and went on to
become one of the most successful and famous
millionaires of his time.
Baldwins home where Fantasy Island and
many more TV and movies were filmed.
The Reily Township Historical Society hosted its
annual Museum Open House on Saturday, June
15, 2019
at The Reily Historical Society, Hammond
Museum, 6207 Main Street (Reily).
Several new Reily High School exhibits
were  on
display. There w
ere Reily High School
scrapbooks available for viewing and many  have
photos that still need to be identified. Visitors
ere invited to examine the photographs in the
scrapbooks and assist
ed with identifying some of
images that did not have the names of
individuals or caption
s. It was  interesting to see
the new items. We are continually growing. Come
see us.