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