2016 Far Hills Speaker Series
The Old Barn Club and the Golden Age of Hills and Dales Park
Sunday, Feb. 21, 2 p.m.
Wright Memorial Public Library
1776 Far Hills Ave.
Please join us as we step back into the pastoral setting of early Van Buren Township for a trip through John H. Patterson’s sprawling country park. We’ll review the major events occurring in Hills and Dales Park, trace its important equestrian history, and explore the Old Barn Club, which served as the hub of the park’s early social activities. We’ll also visit the nine Adirondack-style camps that hosted countless picnics and parties during the park’s heyday.
This program is free and open to the public.
From Oakwood: The Far Hills (1983): "1912 Speedwell in front of the Old Barn Club. Pierce Schenck and his wife are in the front seat." (Pierce Schenck, Jr.). The car is at the intersection of Patterson Blvd and Dorothy Lane and is about to turn eastbound (and uphill) onto Dorothy Lane.
Program Director for the Far Hills Speaker Series
Do you love history? The Oakwood Historical Society is looking for a volunteer to facilitate our Far Hills Speaker Series. These events are co-sponsored with the Wright Memorial Public Library and are free presentations (between 6-8/year) focusing on the history of Dayton and Oakwood. The Director is responsible for scheduling the presentations, preparing the information to promote the events, and introducing the speakers at each presentation. For more information, please call (937) 299-3793 and ask for Leigh Turben.
Retail Manager for the Oakwood Historical Society
Looking for a volunteer position where you can make a difference? The Oakwood Historical Society is looking for a volunteer to manage and increase the sale of books and other gifts offered through the society. The Retail Manager is responsible for inventory, ordering, promotion and sales of our merchandise at sponsored events and through our online store. Visit our online store at to view some of the merchandise. For more information, please call (937) 299-3793 and ask for Leigh Turben.
Feb. 21 - The Old Barn Club and the Golden Age of Hills and Dales Park with David Schmidt; Far Hills Speaker Series, 2 p.m., Wright Memorial Public Library
Mar. 13 - C. F. Kettering Research Laboratory; Ridgeleigh Terrace, Yellow Springs and Beyond with Chuck Johnson; Far Hills Speaker Series, 2 p.m., Wright Memorial Public Library
Historic maps online
See the names of landowners and the layout of our city more than 75 years ago in this Montgomery County plat map: look for Oakwood in Van Buren Township. From the Dayton Metro Libraries' "Dayton Remembers" collection. See other Oakwood maps on our Maps page in our "About Oakwood" section.
2015 Annual Report
Read all about our year in the 2015 Annual Report.
See a list of blueprints rescued by the historical society. These will be made available at future events.
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1947 Far Hills Avenue | Oakwood, OH | 45419
Many photos throughout this website by Leah Konicki, ©2014.