The Van Wert County Historical Museum by Rex Dolby (Photo submitted)
The Van Wert County Historical Museum by Rex Dolby (Photo submitted)

As much as the Woodland Sky Native American Dance Company contributed to the success of our Town Creek Live Photoshoot, it seemed appropriate to lead off this article with a huge thank you to the Central Mutual Insurance Company for making their appearance possible. Please consider this your “enormous pat on the back!”

Now then, the exhibits at our Van Wert County Historical Museum have been selected for the next Van Wert Area Photography Club’s photoshoot, which will take place on Sunday, Aug. 12.

Located on the northeast corner of North Washington Street (US 127) and East 3rd Street in Van Wert, the structure in 1895 was originally the residence of John and Tracey Clark. In 1955, the old Clark Mansion, sometimes known as the “House of Seven Oaks,” was given to the Historical Society by attorney and school teacher, William Fostnaught, to be used as a museum. It is now furnished with period furniture and artifacts, which have been donated by area residents.

In addition to the displays on the two floors and basement of the mansion, there are other multiple displays located in the Annex, Bear School, Log House, Red Barn, and Lincoln Highway Tourist Cabin. Other individual exhibits such as the 1951 Pennsylvania RR Caboose and the 1881 Jail Cells are scattered about the campus.

The plan is to park off 3rd Street, between the caboose and the Historical Society’s Welcome Center, and be at the Mansion’s back door by 2:15 p.m. You must contact Cheryl Knost by phone at 419-773-8090 or email at, with the number in your party attending the museum shoot by Saturday, Aug. 4, so she can tell the museum how many to expect. Since most of the displays are inside, bring your own rain protection if the weather forecast is threatening.

You don’t have to be a VWAPC member to join the shoot, but you do need to call Cheryl if you are attending. We hope to see your there.