The Zimmerman Bury

Octagon House

An Ohio 501c3 Nonprofit Corporation

The Zimmerman Bury Octagon House, 10095 Wadsworth Road, Marshallville, OH  44645

Our Mission is to preserve the only known Queen Ann Style Octagonal house with a gabled roof.  This 1883 landmark has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the Zimmerman Bury Octagon House Association continues to share it with the public as a living museum of the middle class Victorian way of life.


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Each year the Zimmerman Bury Octagon House Association offers free tours to school groups for lessons about 1880s middle class Victorian way of life in Wayne County Ohio.

In an effort to preserve The Zimmerman-Bury Octagon House and make it available for public and educational activities, we invite our guests to step back in time with us and enjoy the social and educational opportunities offered.  In addition to the public tours we welcome organizations (both business and social), youth and school groups, and seniors to visit us for a tea, lecture, meeting, workshop or other private authentic social events.  Each function includes a tour of the house and all activities can be arranged to meet the needs of your specific group.  Our nominal fees help us to maintain the property and provide educational opportunities for all who seek them.



Chenille Miniature Trees  This unique item makes a great gift orfocal point in any room at Christmas time.  These hand-made chenille trees are adorned with period looking ornaments and enhanced with old fashioned toys and gifts beneath.  Trees can be ordered with any theme such as:  Patriotic or Civil War, Seashells, Snowflakes, Valentine's Day, Birds, flowers etc.  Due to the time involved in these hand-made treasures, please allow for plenty of order time.  Minimum Donation $150.00 premade,  Minimum Workshop Donation $75.00 includes dome, supplies, and decorations.  Est. time 6 hours or 2 sessions, minimum of 6 people preferred.

Wool Flowers Our frugal ancestors didn't waste anything.  Using leftover scraps of wool yarns they fashioned flowers for arrangements under glass domes and wreaths fro shadow boxes.  Using the original instructions from period magazines such as the Godey's, we reproduce these flowers so often found in the fashionable Victorian parlor.  Arrangements available in baskets, teacups or domes.  Large quantities of separate flowers available upon request.  Minimum Donation varies upon size and style starting at $15.00 premade.  Minumum Workshop Donaiton $20.00  learning 2 styles of flowers, all supplies provided. Est. time 2-3 hours, minimum of 6 people preferred.

Pinecone Baskets:  The frugal Victorians made use of common items from nature when creating decorative accessories for their homes.  One popular material was the ordinary pinecone.  Assemble an authentic pinecone basket for your holiday or year round table.  Minimum Donation varies upon size, style and availability of materials, starting at $50.00 premade.  Minimum Workshop Donaiton $25.00 all supplies provided, except hot glue gun.  Est. time 2-3 hours, minimum of 6 people preferred.

Dressed Figures:  19th century ladies often sought decorations for their homes that were both economical and samples of their own artistic creativity.  to this end they sometimes cut a favorite fashion plate out of an old magazine, mounted it on board and "redressed" the figures using real fabrics and trims.  We are now reproducing these unique wall decorations using copies of the original fashion plates.  Our print collection contains mostly 1850 to 1890 prints.  If a specific time period is desired, please specify.  Minimum Donation varies by size and framing, starting at $50.00 premade. Minimum Workshop Donation $25.00 does not include matting or framing.  Est. time 3-6 hours, minimum of 6 people preferred.

Wedding Memory Boxes:  A shadow box containing memorabilia from your wedding.  Just a few suggested items to bring include:  invitation, printed napkin, silk flower, fabric samples, favors, something old, borrowed or blue used, jewelry, pictures etc.  Embellishments and shadow box included.  Minimum Donation $50 premade. Minimum Workshop Donation $35.  Est. time 2 hours, minimum of 3 people preferred.


Lectures can be arranged for any time allowance and location (locations over 30 miles from The Zimmerman-Bury Octagon House will have an adjusted fee). All lectures are given in 19th century period clothing.

The Perils of Petticoats: An overview of women's mid 19th century fashions which debunks the myths surrounding such items as hoopskirts & corsets. Antique clothing items presented and/or slide show. Suggested Donation $50

How Women Served in the Civil War: A look at the unsung heroes of the great conflict both in battle and on the home front. Suggested Donation $50

Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic: A history of the oldest American Women's heritage organization, their accomplishments and their goals. Donations gladly accepted to benefit this charitable organization.

Tea Time: The development of the custom of afternoon tea from it's Victorian roots to the present. Suggested Donation $50

Life with Eight Sides: A slide show of the 19th century fad for Octagonal structures and life within one. Suggested Donation $50 


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