During the War of 1812, an Army headquarters and a land office were established in Wooster. These drew permanent settlers, including the young German immigrant August Imgard, whom local historians claim introduced Christmas trees to America in 1847.
Ohio Agricultural Research an Development Center of Ohio State University is 1 mile south on SR 83 at 1680 Madison Ave. This 2500 acre research center includes the Secrest Arboretum and the Garden of Roses of Legend and Romance. Allow 1 hour and 30 minutes minimum. Buildings open MON-FRI 7:30-4:30, mid-JUN through Labor Day; MON-FRI 8-5 the rest of the year. Grounds are open daily from dawn to dusk. Free. Phone 330.263.3700.
Wayne County Historical Museum, 546 East Bowman Street (SR 585), is in the 1815 Beall House. Displays include original Beall furniture, porcelains, American Indian artifacts, mounted animals, a smith, tools, firearms, clothing and arrowheads. On the grounds are a Civil War era log cabin and a schoolhouse dating from 1873; both are furnished in period. the most recent addition, a mercantile, re-creates the atmosphere of an old general store.
The Kister Building contains a carpenter shop of pioneer tools, a hand-powered fire pumper from 1830 and a Landau carriage. Allow 1 hour, 30 minutes minumum. TUE-SUN 2-4:30; closed holidays. Phone 330.264.8856.