General Reasin Beall

Constructed between 1815 and 1817 by War of 1812 General Reasin Beall, the house is the oldest surviving residential structure in Wooster.

The house once used by the College of Wooster as a dormitory, is gradually undergoing a transition from the Society’s main museum building to an authentic recreation of how it looked during the 19th century.

The Society is in the process of restoring this magnificent structure to its appearance when General Beall and his descendants lived there. Currently closed to the public, the Beall House is expected to reopen in 2007.

Reasin Beall was born in Montgomery County, Maryland, December 3, 1769, and enlisted in the military in 1790. By 1793, he had been appointed battalion quartermaster under famed Revolutionary War hero General “Mad” Anthony Wayne.

In 1812, Beall was commissioned brigadier general of Ohio Volunteers. From April 20, 1813, until June 7, 1814, Beall served in the Thirteenth United States Congress while filling a vacancy caused by the death of Representative John S. Edwards. Upon his resignation, Beall moved to Wooster where he served as register of the land offices at Wooster and Canton. Remaining politically active, Beall lived the last twenty-eight years of his life in Wooster until his demise on February 20, 1843.

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Our large campus offers an exciting glance back in time with tours of historic buildings containing local artifacts.

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The Wayne County Historical Society campus is closed for regular tours until March 2015. Please call the office if you would like to schedule a group tour during the break.
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The mission of the Wayne County Historical Society is to collect, preserve, and interpret artifacts and experiences that reflect the cultural heritage of the county for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations.
We believe it’s the little things that count in bringing history to life: the unique texture of hand-hewn logs, chiseled sandstone and handmade brick, the curve of a delicate staircase banister, a well-proportioned wood moulding or the dashboard of a horse-drawn sleigh. It’s the shine of the engraved brass patchbox on a muzzle-loading rifle, the glaze on a wheel-thrown pottery jug, the patina of furniture crafted by pioneer hands or wide floorboards worn to a rustic lustre by the tread of untold numbers of feet over time.

As you explore the campus of one of Ohio’s foremost county historical societies, we want you to notice all the little things that whisper subtly to us
of bygone days and the details of a rich and varied history.