ADA - Ada, Ohio could well have the best village Historical Museum (per capita) in Ohio, maybe the country. And it’s housed in, well, a house.

What’s more, on Weds. August 17, the Ada Historical Society will put on a much anticipated Open ‘House’ at the Museum, which is at 4236 State Route 81 (one and a fourth mile, as the crow flies and your GPS will show you) east of Main St.

The event will be from 6 to 8 p.m. and include refreshments (cookies and bottled water). Although, okay, there won’t be any Marty & Jones Company “Cherry Cheer,” a soda-pop this company bottled in the early 1900s.

This, incidentally, is in the Ada Museum archives.

As is information about the O-K (Ohio-Kentucky) Manufacturing Plant, which was housed in what’s now the iconic Wilson Manufacturing Plant. O-K Manufacturing made, well on second thought, I guess you’ll have to go to the event to find out.

In fact, the museum features a number of these O-K products, which Leland Crouse has gotten off e-bay, and such, over the years. Mr. Crouse, incidentally, is the museum curator, researcher, and, frankly, it’s his house.

He started this collecting hobby some 17 years ago, and to say it’s mushroomed would be a tremendous understatement.

The museum is now chock full of Ada memorabilia, all neatly organized and displayed. For instance, there’s a full glass case of old Ada pens and buttons from such now defunct businesses as, oops, there’s another thing you’ll have to see for yourself.

And you can see these along with displays about a U.S. President who visited Ada. Hint: His first name was William. And this display is close by to a display about the most prominent civil rights activist, ever, who once visited tiny Ada, Ohio.

There are also all sorts of Ada High School memorabilia, more old photographs (yes, many black & white), yard signs, banners…

There, too, is displays about Ada’s Opera House, which was called: The Opera House. (Never overlook the obvious.) As there is information about Ada’s Armory, which was called, that’s right: The Armory.

And this all just scratches the Ada historical archival surface, if you will.

Note: The Ada Museum is in a big, open room between Mr. Crouse’s home and his garage.