Museum seeking volunteers for new group

The Spirit of ’76 Museum is looking for volunteers to join The Friends of the Spirit of ’76 Museum. If you have any interest in learning more about the museum, and how you may become involved as a volunteer, please contact Teresa Bosela ( or Barb Leiby ( for more information. We’d love to have you on the team!


Museum extends hours May 20 for Armed Forces Day

In celebration of Armed Forces Day, The Spirit of ’76 Museum will extend its regular visiting hours on Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The second floor of the Museum is home to a wonderful collection of military items and apparel perfect for celebrating our nation’s, and southern Lorain County’s, rich military history. Round out your trip to the Museum on the first and third floors, including paintings and memorabilia from Archibald Willard, historical farming and agricultural tools, fashion from various eras, and items saved from McCormick Middle School before its demolition.

You’re host for the day will be Southern Lorain County Historical Society board member Cindy Norton, and she will be available to answer any questions you may have during your visit. We hope to see you Saturday!

Third floor illuminates the past with new lighting

The Spirit of ’76 Museum gave its third floor an update with brand new lighting thanks to a generous donation made by the Wellington Women’s League. LED light fixtures were installed in late March, just in time for the spring opening of the museum’s weekend hours, and now visitors of the museum can enjoy exhibits like the Alex Justice Collection and women’s fashion throughout the years in a much more flattering and enhancing light.

By the continued generosity and support of people and organizations in and around Wellington, the Museum is able to keep preserving the colorful history of our historic village in bigger and better ways.

Stop in and see the changes for yourself during our visiting hours, Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m., or by scheduling an appointment by calling the museum at (440)647-4367.

Welcome to the Spirit of ’76 Museum


Our website is currently under construction. We appreciate your patience as we work to bring you the best online experience for The Spirit of ’76 Museum possible.

We look forward to seeing you in April!

Admission Is Free to the public during regular visiting hours April – October.

Museum is Handicapped Accessible

Visiting Hours: During the Months of April through October the Museum is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 – 3:30 pm, with the exception of Fair Week.

Group Tours: Group Tours are welcomed, but please make arrangements in advance by calling Barb Leiby at (440) 647-4367.

Office Hours:
Monday & Friday: 9:00 AM to Noon
Tuesday & Thursday: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

*If door is locked during business hours, we may be upstairs, so please call (440) 647-4367