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Palmer House Museum

Located at 9390 Olde Eight Road in Northfield Center, Ohio.  Groups of up to 24 can be accommodated at one time. Unfortunately due to the historical nature of the building, it is currently not wheelchair accessible.

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There is no charge to tour the museum.

Society Meeting Schedule

We are starting our 2024 season.  We have changed our meeting place with the closure of the old Northfield Center Town Hall. Our new meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm in the Nordonia Hills Branch Library. You are welcome to join us! 

Open House Dates

The Palmer House Museum will be open to the public in May. Our Open House Schedule is:

  • May – Memorial Day 9-12
  • June – 23, 1-4 pm
  • July – 28, 1-4 pm
  • Aug – 25, 1-4 pm
  • Sept – 15, 1-4 pm

Private tours are available.  Send an email to to request date and time.

Volunteers Needed!

The 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.


Several visitors have asked about who owns the Palmer House museum and who pays for the upkeep?

The Nordonia School System owns the building and The Historical Society of Old Northfield leases the building for $1 per year from the school system. The Historical Society is solely responsible for the maintenance, utilities and liability insurance for the museum.

Since 2013, the Historical Society has had to replace the roof, gutters and downspouts, repair the soffits and paint the exterior. These capital expenses were on top of our yearly operating expenses.

The Historical Society of Old Northfield maintains the museum for the benefit of the four communities that made up “Olde Northfield” – Macedonia, Northfield Village, Sagamore Hills, and Northfield Center. The museum is admission free.

The Palmer House Museum is supported solely through donations. If you would like to help us keep the museum as a resource for all, please click the PayPal button below and make your donation. Thank You!!


The Historical Society of Olde Northfield

Founded in 1957, the The Historical Society of Olde Northfield 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. 

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. The home was built by William Palmer, Hezekiah’s son.  Hezekiah sold the land on which the house was located to William sometime around 1842-1843. 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 Northfield Elementary School. 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.

Historical Society Board


Chet Bertel
Barb Leden
Rick Devine


Karen Komer


Kay Krasnicki