||Built in 1836 in the Federal style, the Button House Museum was once the home of scientist and Civil
War surgeon Hiram True and his daughter, Evelyn True Button. The great-granddaughter of
McConnelsville's founder, Evelyn, the great-granddaughter of McConnelsville's founder, lived in the
house until passing away at the age of 100. One of Ohio's first female school principals and a strong
advocate for women's rights, she was also a genealogist, writer and world traveler. Having no heirs,
Evelyn willed the house to the Historical Society.
Visitors can view 12 restored rooms with authentic furnishings including Dr. True's desk and medical
booklets and the summer kitchen with its 1880 stove. Other displays feature period clothing, dishes,
linens and keepsakes from Evelyn's trips overseas.
Dr. True's medical offices were located next door in the current Doll Museum. A second floor apartment
was utilized by his daughter Augusta, a Shakespearean actress.
|Button House Muesum
|The building now houses a collection of over 2,500 dolls. Along with a large assortment of dolls from around the world, visitors can also see
antique china dolls, rag dolls and Madame Alexander dolls. Favorites include a set of dolls made in 1934 to commemorate the birth of the
Dionee quintuplets and an 1867 doll made with a china head and leather arms and legs.
Two structures located behind the Button House can also be toured. Displays in the Carriage House include a horse-drawn fire engine,
horse-drawn hand-crafted tools. Visitors can also view an antique cupboard that once served as a hiding place on the Underground Railroad.