Defiance County Historical Society

Meetings the 1st Thursday of each month will be held at the AuGlaize Village 12296 Krouse Rd.  Defiance at 7PM.  All are welcome.

Click on the three lines in the upper left corner for information on events, meetings, and clubs

The School Day registration form is located at the bottom of the events listing on the left 

AuGlaize Village was founded in 1966 by the Defiance County Historical Society.  The society received 40 acres and the big red barn in 1966 from the Mansfield Family.  An additional 80 acres was later added.  In 1975, the Society decided it best to turn over the museum complex to the people of Defiance in hopes that the County Commissioners would be able to get grants and assistance that a small 501c3 would not be able to get on their own.  The Defiance County Historical Society operates the Auglaize Village through a Maintenance & Use Agreement for the Defiance County Commissioners.

55 plus years later, AuGlaize Village is still going strong drawing people from the tri-state area for its activities and festivals.  But our world has changed.  People are busier than ever and volunteers are hard to recruit.  The locally owned factories are a thing of the past in Defiance and so AuGlaize Village must change with the times. We are always looking for Tuesday volunteers and people willing to work in the office with the collection as well as Event Volunteers.  We are willing to train!  Please contact us if you are interested.

Mailing Address: PO Box 801 Defiance, Ohio 43512

Email: - the best way to reach our volunteers.

Phone: 419-990-0107 - email will get a faster response.  Phone messages are forwarded to our email so we can respond a little faster than in the past.

Take a step back to the past at AuGlaize Village.  A project of the Defiance County Historical Society, the village holds a group of restored buildings typical of rural northwest Ohio in the 1800's.  

Originated in 1966, the red barn, now the Mansfield Museum, was the only building on this site.  Over 50 years later, take an opportunity to stroll through the 22 new or restored buildings, four farm museums, military museum, natural history museum and model railroad museum.  

2023 Contacts and Officers

President - Foyle Solether

Vice President - Tom Bidlack

Secretary - Cheryl Daniels

Treasurer - Tim Frederick 260-316-0169

Trustees:  Dave Kiefer, Dennis Dietrich, & Pat Wise

Membership Info -  see the printable form on this site or email us at

Features at AuGlaize Village (A self guided tour is located at the lower left below the event listings):