||Built in 1836 in the Federal style, the Button House Museum was
once the home of scientist and Civil War surgeon Hiram True and
his daughter, Evelyn True Button. The great-granddaughter of
McConnelsville's founder, Evelyn, the great-granddaughter of
McConnelsville's founder, lived in the house until passing away at
the age of 100. One of Ohio's first female school principals and a
strong advocate for women's rights, she was also a genealogist,
writer and world traveler. Having no heirs, Evelyn willed the house
to the Historical Society.
Visitors can view 12 restored rooms with authentic furnishings
including Dr. True's desk and medical booklets and the summer
kitchen with its 1880 stove. Other displays feature period clothing,
dishes, linens and keepsakes from Evelyn's trips overseas.
Dr. True's medical offices were located next door in the current Doll
Museum. A second floor apartment was utilized by his daughter
Augusta, a Shakespearean actress.
|Button House Muesum
|The building now houses a collection of over 2,500 dolls. Along with a large assortment of dolls from
around the world, visitors can also see antique china dolls, rag dolls and Madame Alexander dolls.
Favorites include a set of dolls made in 1934 to commemorate the birth of the Dionee quintuplets and an
1867 doll made with a china head and leather arms and legs.
Two structures located behind the Button House can also be toured. Displays in the Carriage House
include a horse-drawn fire engine, horse-drawn hand-crafted tools. Visitors can also view an antique
cupboard that once served as a hiding place on the Underground Railroad.