History tends to repeat itself, which means there's a good chance you'll once again be run over by a six-foot tumbleweed. Admire what history has taught us thus far with today's Groupon: for $5, you get two adult tickets to the Wolcott House Museum Complex in Maumee (a $10 value). Guided tours are available Thursday through Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. (and by appointment for groups) through December 20, 2010, excluding October 16 and November 8-17, when tours will be closed for holiday decorating.
The Wolcott House Museum Complex guided tours whisk 21st century whippersnappers back to the 1800s to discover Maumee Valley pioneer life. The complex consists of seven historical buildings anchored around the Wolcott House, home of local businessman James Wolcott. Outside the Gilbert-Flanigan house, lessons about early farm life and architecture slip endlessly off the sloping roof of this "Ohio saltbox" style home. The Monclova Country Church , built at the turn of the century, was once filled with the sermons of Milton Wright, the father of Orville and Wilbur of flying fame. The Clover Leaf Depot served the Toledo and Grand Rapids Railroad and includes a telegraph room that connected residents to the rest of the world before Alexander Graham Bell invented the steam-powered Internet. Get schooled inside a pre-Civil War schoolhouse that is still complete with a period teacher's desk, chalkboard, and some metal-ruler snap bracelets.