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:

In honor of Mayor David Madison

All of us at the Bexley Historical Society mourn the loss of our devoted friend and trustee, David Madison. David was committed to service and community throughout his life, serving as a member of Bexley City Council, as a trustee with the Bexley Historical Society, and as Bexley's Mayor for 32 years.…
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THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE WHO JOINED AT THE LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP LEVEL!

We heartily thank the 25 individuals who joined at the $300 Lifetime Member level. All of the Bexley Historical Portraits of Memories have been distributed. While the Lifetime Member level remains available, we no longer have the book available. If you have an interest in the book, please let us…
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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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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 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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Annual Meeting: June 12, 2023 / 5:30pm

Bexley Historical Society Annual Meeting Members of the Bexley Historical Society are represented by 15 voting trustees who meet monthly to promote interest and pride in the historical development of Bexley and in the accomplishments of its citizenry, assembling and preserving items relevant to the heritage of the Bexley Community.…
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Ever wonder about Sessions Village?

Follow us on the journey - starting in 1855, through the present day. How Sessions Village and it's neighbors came to be the unique neighborhoods they are. Find the article by going to Articles>About Bexley>Our Special Neighborhoods>Sessions Village or click this link: http://bexleyhistoricalsociety.org/the-sessions-village-neighborhood/

More “Tidbits”!

Our second series of "Tidbits" have now been published - focusing on places just outside of Bexley. See our posting - The Forgotten Parks and Open Spaces - of the East Side - and learn about some curious places that surround our community! Find these items by selecting Articles >…
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Historical Tidbits!

We are launching a new series called "Historical Tidbits" These are short articles curious Bexley mysteries. See our first posting - The Forgotten Parks and Open Spaces - of Bexley - and come back as more curiosities and mysteries are discovered and explained! Find these items by selecting Articles >…
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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 bexleyhistory@gmail.com 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


— VOLUNTEER —
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.


— GIVE A DONATION —
Donations in any amount will be used to support current programs and the museum. For more information on current programs, please contact us a bexleyhistory@gmail.com

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


— BECOME A MEMBER —
Membership dues options are:

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

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 bexleyhistory@gmail.com. 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
Betsy Farrar
Linda Hodge
Michael Kilbourne
Connie McCleary Ostrove

Ron Robins
Ann Russell
Glenn Soden
Gail Gilbert Storer
Sheila Straub

​Ex-Officio
Rich Campoamor – Technical Advisor
Whitney Carr – 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



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