The Niles Times
The Niles Historical Society will sponsor the 9th annual "Luncheon on the Lawn" at noon July 25 on the grounds of the Ward-Thomas Museum, 503 Brown St.
Prior to the luncheon, guests are invited to casually stroll through the gardens and grounds of the estate.
Following lunch, local actress and director Carol Weakland will perform a one woman production of the literary classic "Jane Eyre." Weakland is the founder of the Great Expectations Theater Company, and has performed locally in one-woman shows that include "Pride and Prejudice," "Wuthering Heights" and "The Scarlett Letter" and others.
"Jane Eyre," a romantic novel by Charlotte Bronte, was published in London, England in 1847. It is the story of a young lady who accepts a job as a governess at Thornfield Hall and she fell in love with her employer. He was a mysterious man with a terrible secret. You will step back in time with Ms. Weakland in her performance as she re-enacts all your favorite characters.
The cost of the event is $20. Reservations can be made by calling -330-544-2143 or send your name, address and phone number to Niles Historical Society. P. O. Box 368, Niles, Ohio 44446.
Seating is limited. Reservations must be received by noon, July 22.
The Ward Thomas House and Museum is the home of the Niles Historical Society, an organization committed to preserving the history of the community through artifacts, written material and collections housed in the museum. The museum was built in 1862 and was the home of two prominent Niles industrial families, James Ward and John and Margaret Thomas. Ward was a pioneer in the iron industry and Thomas was the founder of the Niles Firebrick Company and later Mahoning Valley Steel. The property was deeded to the city of Niles in 1969.
The museum consists of fourteen rooms, many filled with furniture owned by the two families and additional donated items relating to the history of the community. The museum hosts a public open house from 2 to 5 p.m. the first Sunday of each month. Private tours can be arranged by calling 330-544-2143.