Museum celebrating Fayette at 150


By Rachael Krisher - For the Expositor



An historic view of Downtown Fayette provided by the Museum of Fulton County. A new exhibit on the village opens Saturday.

An historic view of Downtown Fayette provided by the Museum of Fulton County. A new exhibit on the village opens Saturday.


Museum of Fulton County

The Fayette Men’s Band poses for a photo.


Museum of Fulton County

Fayette Normal School graduates.


Museum of Fulton County

The Museum of Fulton County will be debuting their new exhibit on the Village of Fayette this Saturday, Jan. 28 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of Fayette. The exhibit will include an extensive collection of Fayette history from 1873.

John Swearingen, Director of the museum, said this exhibit will be a celebration of the “founding fathers and mothers” of Fayette.

Swearingen said the museum does a display for a “different town every year” and thought the 150th anniversary of Fayette’s incorporation would be the perfect reason to display the history of the village. The exhibit will include history of the Normal School, which originated in Fayette, was later moved to Wauseon, and then later moved again to Bowling Green where it became Bowling Green State University.

The exhibit also includes rifles from the Civil War, household items and clothing from family farms outside of Fayette, and an original uniform from the Fayette Men’s Band.

Swearingen said the Bean Creek Valley History Center “will be doing programming all year” to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Fayette’s incorporation. A display for the Bean Creek Valley History Center can be found in the lobby of the museum.

This Saturday will be the first time the public can view the new Fayette exhibit. To celebrate, the museum will have sugar cookie decorating for attendees, as well as popcorn and refreshments to enjoy for free.

The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is $8 for adults 16 and over, $7 for seniors 60 and over, $3 for children ages 5-15, and children under 6 are free. The Fayette exhibit will be available for viewing throughout the summer and fall months at The Museum of Fulton County.

An historic view of Downtown Fayette provided by the Museum of Fulton County. A new exhibit on the village opens Saturday.
https://www.fcnews.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2023/01/web1_Downtown-Fayette.jpgAn historic view of Downtown Fayette provided by the Museum of Fulton County. A new exhibit on the village opens Saturday. Museum of Fulton County

The Fayette Men’s Band poses for a photo.
https://www.fcnews.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2023/01/web1_Fayette-Band.jpgThe Fayette Men’s Band poses for a photo. Museum of Fulton County

Fayette Normal School graduates.
https://www.fcnews.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2023/01/web1_Fayette-Normal-School-Graduates.jpgFayette Normal School graduates. Museum of Fulton County

By Rachael Krisher

For the Expositor