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:

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  • 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 >…Read More

  • 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 >…Read More

  • Mail Order Houses in Bexley?

    Building a custom home is expensive – as much in the early 1900’s as it is now. Learn how companies like Sears, Roebuck & Co pioneered the “home in a kit” concept in 1908 and how that helped make “owning your own home” more affordable in the early decades of…Read More

  • Bexley Day Celebration at the Bexley Library: Mapping Bexley from Wilderness to Village

    We are pleased to announce that the Bexley Historical Society will be participating in the “Bexley Day” celebration at the Bexley Library – Mapping Bexley from Wilderness to Village – on Wednesday, August 10 at 7 pm. Find more information about the event at the Bexley Library website – https://www.bexleylibrary.org/event/6613103…Read More

  • Bexley Historical Society on the 2022 Bexley House and Garden Tour!

    The Bexley Historical Society was proud to be one of the stops on the 2022 Bexley House and Garden Tour. We had 178 people tour the Cottage Museum with many of our Trustees on hand to conduct tours and answer questions. It was a delight to meet so many new…Read More

  • Thank You for the Support!

    A HUGE thank you to everyone who visited the Bexley Historical Society booth, featuring Johnson’s Ice Cream, at the Bexley 4th of July Celebration! It was great to see so many happy faces, answer questions and to serve you ice cream. We look forward to connecting with more of our…Read More

  • Join us July 4th for Johnson’s Ice Cream

    We have been informed that we will not be allowed to hand out coloring books at the July 4 event. Look forward to the coloring books at our next event! The tradition continues… The Bexley Historical Society (BHS) will be participating in the Bexley July 4th celebration on the Capital…Read More

  • Camp Bushnell Plaque Unveiling

    On November 11th, 2020, Bexley Mayor Ben Kessler met with members and trustees of the Bexley Historical Society at Broad and Drexel streets to unveil a commemorative plaque marking the history of Camp Bushnell in Bexley. President of the Bexley Historical Society Glenn Soden noted that there was an incredible…Read More

  • COVID-19 Impact on Historical Society Hours

    Due to COVID-19, the museum’s Open Hours have been temporally suspended.  Visits to the museum are currently through pre-arranged appointments by emailing bexleyhistory@gmail.com.

  • Bexley Responds – COVID-19

    Bexley Responds – COVID-19 is an effort to document Bexley, Ohio during this unprecedented time. Bexley Librarian David Distelhorst has been taking photos around town and the Library is inviting Bexley residents, employees, etc. to contribute their photos as well. More information about the Bexley Responds digital archive efforts are…Read More


Visit Us

Opening hours are impacted by COVID precautions – please call for details and accommodations

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 3:30 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


Join Us

Your 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.

Your membership supports:
– Maintenance and Expansion of displays at the Cottage Museum
– Assembly of photo displays for Jeffrey Mansion
– Publish newsletters for members


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.


BECOME A MEMBER
Membership dues options are:

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

To pay for membership by credit card, please click here: Online_Payment

(click Submit Payment only once to avoid duplicate submissions)


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.


Support Us


Who We Are

Board of Trustees

Glenn Soden – President
​Stacy Grossman – Vice President
Saranne Hartley – Secretary
Martina Campoamor – Treasurer

Nancy Beck
Bryan Drewry
Michael Kilbourne
Connie McCleary Ostrove
Ann Russell
Sheila Straub

Stephen Brubaker
Larry Helman
Scott King-Owen
Ron Robins
Gail Gilbert Storer

​Ex-Officio
Rich Campoamor – Technical Advisor
David Distelhorst – Bexley Public Library
Jennifer Robinson – City Council Representative

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



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