Remarkable families.
Long-standing businesses.
Worldwide contributions.

​It’s no wonder that Bexley boasts families that have resided here for generations.  Nestled among its charming tree-lined streets have lived entrepreneurs, explorers, artists, and more.

Founded in 1974, the Bexley Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes interest and pride in the history of Bexley, Ohio, and the accomplishments of its citizens and institutions. It seeks to educate the community by assembling, researching, publishing, preserving, and interpreting a valuable collection of memorabilia, photographs, genealogical records, and other information associated with Bexley’s heritage.

Since 2006 the Bexley Historical Society has maintained a museum at the Jeffrey Mansion Caretaker’s Cottage. Please visit or contact us for more information.

Recent Bexley Historical Society News Posts:

Pancake Breakfast at Jeffrey Mansion

Join us from 8:30 to 11:00 this Saturday, December 9 at Jeffrey Mansion for the Annual All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast! Bring the kids to meet Frosty! Hear the Bexley Middle School Choir sing! Enjoy the decor and holiday splendor! Menu includes pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee. Cost is $8 for adults…
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New Membership level with Bexley Historical Portraits of Memories bonus – only through the end of the year!

The Bexley Historical Society is pleased to announce that we have added a new Membership level that comes with a bonus. Our founder, Edie Mae Herrel is publishing a beautiful new coffee table book - Bexley Historical Portraits of Memories. The book include much of Edie Mae's art depicting memorable…
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Giving Tuesday is Here!

Your Season of Giving starts today! Please join others around Bexley, Columbus and the World in the act of giving back. You will be making a LOCAL impact here in Bexley with your support of the Bexley Historical Society. Click into this post for the Give Now link, or just…
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2023 Newsletter Sent!

The Bexley Historical Society is pleased to have sent out our annual Newsletter to our membership and those who have requested the Bexley Century House sign!  The Newsletter also announces the beginning of our 2024 membership drive.  Unfortunately, it seems that the return membership envelope may have been separated from…
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Bexley Century Homes – Celebrating Homes 100 Years or More

Bexley Public Library and the Bexley Historical Society are honoring Bexley’s homes of 100 years or more with special markers. These markers have been generously funded by the Paige and Mike Crane Fund of the Bexley Community Foundation. If your home was built by 1923 or older, and you would…
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Second Annual Bexley Day Celebration – Great Success!

We want to thank the Bexley Public Library for their friendship and their hard work to make Bexley Day such a success! We also want to thank our Vice President, Larry Helman, for his outstanding presentation of the history and architecture of our incredible community - spanning the past one…
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The Cottage Museum: Once the precious home for the McGuire family.

On August 27, 2023, we had the honor of spending time with members of the McGuire family. They are descendants of the McGuire's who lived in the Caretaker's Cottage (now known as the Bexley Historical Society Cottage Museum) from 1933 until 1959. After leaving Jeffrey Mansion, the remaining McGuire's then…
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The Sheila Straub of the Bexley Bloomers works magic on the Historical Society Cottage — Thank you!!

The Bexley Historical Society Board of Trustees would like to send a big Thank You to Sheila Straub, BHS Trustee and of the Bexley Bloomers Club for her efforts in beautifying the landscaping surrounding the Bexley Historical Society Cottage Museum (2080 Clifton Ave). Below are some images of the end…
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Bexley Day Celebration at the Bexley Library: The History and Evolution of Bexley and It’s Neighborhoods with Larry Helman

We are pleased to announce that the Bexley Historical Society will be participating in the “Bexley Day” celebration at the Bexley Library – Larry Helman, Bexley Historical Society Vice President, will be presenting "The History and Evolution of Bexley and It's Neighborhoods" – on Thursday, August 10 at 7 pm.…
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Bexley House & Garden Tour – June 4, 2023

Bexley is an architectural treasure, and its gardens further help beautify Bexley’s many distinctive neighborhoods. On Sunday, June 4th, the annual Bexley Women’s Club House and Garden tour will showcase beautiful homes, exquisite gardens, AND our Bexley Historical Society Cottage - located at 2080 Clifton Road! Originally the Jeffrey Estate…
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Visit Us

Come to our museum during regular monthly hours or contact us for an appointment. The museum is located next to the David H. Madison Community Pool in the former Jeffrey Mansion Caretaker’s Cottage.

Regular monthly hours:
First Sunday of the Month
1 PM to 3 PM

Among our exhibits, you’ll learn about some of the earliest residents of the area, Bexley citizens at war, Bexley schools, and Bexley businesses. Our Victorian parlor features prominent Bexley residents, including renowned cancer researcher Dr. Judah Folkman and Robert Jeffrey, who was a former mayor of Columbus and donated the Jeffrey Mansion and surrounding property to the city in 1941.

We are also open by appointment.
To schedule, please email at or call 614.559.4360
The museum is located at:
2080 Clifton Avenue
Bexley, Ohio 43209

Conveniently located steps from the CoGo bike share station:

Jeffery Park on Clifton Ave

You can also find us on Instagram and Facebook

Support Us

Your donations and membership allows the Bexley Historical Society to carry out our mission to preserve Bexley’s heritage and to educate the community about Bexley’s history.

You will be supporting:
– Maintenance and Expansion of displays at the Cottage Museum
– Assembly of photo displays for Jeffrey Mansion
– Publish newsletters for members
– Other special projects

The Bexley Historical Society welcomes volunteers who are interested in helping to preserve Bexley’s heritage, including docents, researchers, interview technicians, museum hosts, and people who specialize in fundraising, preservation, maintenance, and renovations. Contact us for more information.

Donations in any amount will be used to support current programs and the museum. For more information on current programs, please contact us a

Click this Donate link to make your contribution.
If you wish to direct your donation to a specific pursuit, please contact us at

Membership dues options are:

Just click your membership level (below) and you will be redirected to our secure payment page on

General – $25Senior Citizen – $15
Supporting – $50Patron – $100
Lifetime – $300

You will be asked to provide your physical address so that we can send you our newsletter.

We would like to recognize our members and donors on our website. If you would prefer not to be recognized, please reach out to us at Look for our recognition page in the new year.

To pay for membership by check, please click here: Membership Form
Print and send the completed form, with payment to:
Bexley Historical Society
P.O. Box 9285
​Bexley, OH 43209

Membership dues paid in September-December cover the following calendar year.
Bexley Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) organization – EIN 23-7390914

Membership payments are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. No goods or services are provided in consideration of Membership.

Other ways to Support Us

Who We Are

Board of Trustees

Stacy Grossman – President
​Larry Helman – Vice President
Saranne Hartley – Secretary
Martina Campoamor – Treasurer

Nancy Beck
Bryan Drewry
Scott King-Owen
Ron Robins
Glenn Soden
Sheila Straub

Stephen Brubaker
Michael Kilbrourne
Connie McCleary Ostrove
Ann Russell
Gail Gilbert Storer

Rich Campoamor – Technical Advisor
David Distelhorst – Bexley Public Library
Troy Markham – City Council Representative
Dr. Andy Carlson – Capital University

Edie Mae Herrel – Founder/Advisor
Ed Hamblin – Consultant/Advisor
Walter Buchsieb DDS, MS – Trustee Emeritus
Mayor David Madison – Trustee Emeritus

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