|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, 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
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.
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,hand-crafted tools. Visitors can also
view an antique cupboard that once served as a hiding place on the Underground