Once a major ship port linking the East and West, Maumee’s history is somehow both momentous and quaint. Now considered a suburb of Toledo, Maumee is actually the older of the two cities and a town plat was laid out in 1817. Due to newer transportation methods, Maumee’s economic boom began to fade towards the late 1800’s and what was once predicted to be the “great city of the West” turned into the little, All-American hometown that we know today. But being a smaller city has never stopped Maumee from contributing to a large portion of post-1800s history.
The Wolcott House
Built in 1827, the fourteen room Federal-style home on River Road once housed James Wolcott, a well-known businessman, and his wife, Mary Wells. Currently run by the Maumee Valley Historical Society as part of the Wolcott House Museum Complex, other structures on the property include: the Log House, the Gilbert-Flanigan House, the Box Schoolhouse, the Clover Leaf Depot, and the Monclova Country Church. From various exhibits, to weddings, to the upcoming paranormal tours, there’s an unending amount of events for you to take part in at the Wolcott House! View their website for a full list of information and attractions: https://sites.google.com/view/maumeevalleyhistoricalsociety
The Clover Leaf Depot, built in 1888 and originally located on Sophia Street, was restored and donated to the Maumee Valley Historical Society in 1971
Maumee Indoor Theater
Opening for the first time in 1946, this iconic Art Deco theater is a hub for local entertainment. Providing live theater, low priced motion pictures, and event rooms to be rented, it’s truly a staple in the community. Located on Conant, on the corner between the Anthony Wayne Trail and W. William Street, the Maumee Indoor Theater is a local gem that’s impossible to miss while traveling through Uptown Maumee.
This area of Maumee is a hotspot for local dining, shopping, businesses and bar hopping. It is in these neighborhoods, right off of the river, where the city’s history first began. Now, Conant Street is lined with shops reaffirming the small town feel, like Georgette’s Grounds & Gifts and Maumee Valley Chocolate and Candy. But if you’re looking for more of a party environment, Uptown has plenty of that, too! The Village Idiot, Buster Brown’s Big Dog Lounge, and Dale’s Bar and Grill draw in large crowds on weekends and during special events. This area also boasts some of the town’s oldest, most charming homes! Hosting plenty of parades, fairs, and events throughout the year, Uptown Maumee is always a good time! Just make sure not to slip up and accidentally refer to it as “downtown.” Maumee residents are very touchy about this distinction!
(left) Conant St circa 1907 (right) Corner of Conant and E. William across from present day Maumee Indoor
Dale’s Bar and Grill, established in 1920, recently added a patio to the corner of Conant and E. Dudley.
Ned Skeldon Stadium
Located on the property of the Lucas County Rec Center, the fairgrounds dates back to the early 1900s. The stadium’s land was originally used as a racetrack until public official Ned Skeldon pushed to have it transformed into a ballpark. From 1965-2002 it was the home field of the Toledo Mud Hens. In 1988, the Lucas County Stadium was renamed to Ned Skeldon, in honor of the man who helped create such a great piece of Maumee history.
Side Cut Metropark
Named for the canal locks that used to extend from Miami and Erie Canal to Maumee, the park is now a haven for fishing, sledding, and trail walking. Side Cut is also a very popular spot for local photography! It is the oldest Metropark in the Toledo area, and still features 3 of the original canal locks.
Maumee High School
MHS is rated within the top 100 schools in Ohio and students scored above state averages in math and English proficiency for the 2016 school year. The high school is located on Saco St and is very well known for their state of the art Performing Arts Center. In fact, when a fire caused the Valentine Theater to briefly close in 2007, the Maumee Performing Arts Center temporarily hosted the Toledo Opera and the Toledo Ballet. MHS is also one of only four total high schools to have a Heisman trophy on display thanks to notable alumni, Richard Kazmaier, who won the trophy in 1951 while attending Princeton University.
Once awarded the title of All-American City by the National Civic League, it’s easy to see why Maumee is considered such a desirable suburb. Between its prominent role in early transportation and shipping methods, to Maumee’s rich history in the Underground Railroad, and the present day liveliness of the Uptown area, we don’t foresee the popularity of Maumee diminishing anytime soon!