& Carriage House Museum
Jeremiah Reeves and his brothers organized the Reeves Boiler Works in Niles, Ohio in 1873. In 1882, Jeremiah and his brother Jabez became interested in the Dover Rolling Mills. The Reeves sold their interest in the family Boiler Works and moved to Dover to take over the struggling steel mill. They remodeled the Dover mill in 1883, changed the name to Reeves Iron Co. By 1896, the Reeves firm had 850 workers and was one of the largest industrial employers in the area.
Over the years, Reeves acquired and sold many businesses in the area, made significant donations to the community.
In 1912, the Reeves Manufacturing Company bought another the Dover Forge and Iron Co. Four new mills were erected and the new fabricating plants were added.
The Reeves Victorian Mansion has been turned into a wonderful historical site complete with Victorian furnishings and is open to the public for tours.
The 17-room, Victorian home, topped by a third floor ballroom, has been carefully restored by the Society to its original turn-of -the-century splendor and features the unique treasures of the original furniture and antiques owned by Mr. and Mrs. Jeremiah E. Reeves. Everything has been arranged as they would have been 100 years ago. The beautiful family furnishings can be viewed up close, as there are no ropes or barriers prohibiting entrance into the rooms.
The Carriage House
Behind the J. E. Reeves Home is the turreted Carriage House. Designed predominately of Queen Anne styling, it features a Richardsonian inspired archway which invites visitors to explore the treasures inside, such as the Rauch and Lang electric car, the Reeves family sleigh, their handsome 1892 carriage, a newly restored doctor's buggy, and an orchestral Regina music box.
Final resting place
Mr. Reeves died on July 11, 1920 in Palm Beach, Florida, at the age of 75. At the time of his death, the assets in Mr. Reeves' estate was estimated at $1,414,668.00
Jeremiah E. Reeves is buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, Dover, Ohio
J. E. Reeves Home & Carriage House Museum
325 East Iron Ave
Dover, Ohio 44622