Olde Main Street Museum and Temperance Tavern Museum
These two local history museums preserve and interpret the history of Newcomerstown, the home of baseball legend Cy Young and coach Woody Hayes. The Temperance Tavern Museum is located within an inn that was built in 1841 and once served for passengers on the Ohio and Erie Canal. The Olde Main Street Museum and Social Center is a village within a building that includes historical displays, provides information for visitors, and serves as a venue for educational and community events.
Backstory and Context
The son of Professor "Pop" Hayes, the local superintendent of schools, Wayne Woodrow Hayes, better known as Woody Hayes, was born on February 14, 1913, in Clifton, Ohio. He grew up here in Newcomerstown, and was graduated from the local high school in 1931, and from Denison University in 1935. Upon graduating, he coached football at Mingo Junction High School, and at New Philadelphia High School, both in Ohio. With the outbreak of World War II, he joined the United States Navy, rising to the rank of lieutenant commander. Woody is best known for being the "winningest" coach at the Ohio State University, where he was noted for his "three yards and a cloud of dust" strategy. Don't miss the Woody Hayes room in the Temperance Tavern Museum.