Palmer House Museum


Located at 9390 Olde Eight Road in Northfield Center, Ohio. After October, tours of the museum will be available by appointment only. Email for availability.  Groups of up to 24 can be accommodated at one time.

There is no charge to tour the museum.

If you mouse over the image of the museum, you will see a 1902 photo of the Palmer House.

Society Meeting Schedule

Clock-icon small.pngAs we enter Fall, the Historical Society will be suspending its regular scheduled meetings.  We will resume our regular meetings starting next year  in March. We will be hosting several events over the Fall and Winter seasons so be sure to check out this website for upcoming events!

Upcoming Events


October 22nd., 2017 - The Palmer House Museum will be open from 2-4 pm.  

December 3rd., 2017 - Come join us at the Palmer House from 5-8 pm for Holiday caroling as the Palmer House old time player piano leads us in a medley of favorites.  Light refreshments will be available.  Did somebody say "warm" cider?

Volunteers Needed!

Telephone-icon-copy.pngThe Society has a large store of artifacts, photos, and articles that need inventoried and cataloged.  If preserving history is of interest to you, contact us at and volunteer your time to help.

The Historical Society of Old Northfield

pages-brown-sm.pngFounded in 1957, the Society is located at 9390 Olde Eight Road in Northfield Center, Ohio. Housed in a frame building known as the Palmer House, the Society operates the house as a museum in one of the few remaining vertical-beam construction homes in Ohio. The home was built by Hezekiah Hayden Palmer who settled at Northfield, Ohio, in 1832. Hezekiah and Abilgail Taylor Palmer built the first house in Northfield Center, a round log cabin. The log cabin was replaced by this framed house in about 1844. Hezekiah sold the land on which the house was located to William, his son. It remained in the Palmer family until William's daughter, Helen Palmer, sold it to Lew and Sara Dalrymple in 1903. In 1915 it was sold to the school district which still holds title to it. The house was moved to its present location to make way for a new grade school being built. The north wing, a kitchen, was removed. Since 1965 the Board of Education has permitted the Historical Society of Old Northfield to house its museum there.

Northfield Center, Northfield Village, Sagamore Hills and Macedonia were all once part of the original Northfield Township. The Palmer House and Museum represents the history of all of the Nordonia Hill’s communities. Collections of historical items and photographs from the area from the past 150 years can be found here.