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Ernest Warther Museum & Gardens

331 Karl Ave, Dover, Ohio 44622 USA

27 Reviews
$$
Reasonable
Closed Now
Opens Mon 9a
  • Independent
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  • No Wifi
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“dedicated to the world's master carver”

Today, second, third and fourth generation family members have expanded their Swiss chalet-style museum into an amazing state-of-the-art facility. It showcases the 64 ebony, ivory and walnut train carvings created by Ernest “Mooney” Warther, a one-of-a-kind collection that has been appraised by the Smithsonian Institution as a “priceless work of art.” The original workshop, built in 1912 is still used by family members. Mooney’s son, David and grandson, Mark may be seen at times carving in the workshop or creating wooden pliers for visitors. This old shop is adorned with over 5,000 arrowheads. In the summer months, stroll through the Swiss-style flower garden’s to Frieda Warther’s Button house that holds a collection of over 73,000 buttons arranged in beautiful designs on the walls and ceiling. There is even a button from Mrs. Lincoln’s inaugural dress and a collection of original Goodyear rubber buttons. Today, the Warther family also continues to make Kitchen cutlery; Early in Mooney’s carving career he discovered the importance of knives that would hold their edge against hard surfaces such as ebony and ivory. Unable to find carving knives of such quality, he decided to make his own. His mother complained about never having a sharp paring knife. So he developed his own techniques for tempering and sharpening a steel blade that would keep its sharp edge. Thus, out of necessity, came the world’s finest kitchen cutlery. Today, the Warthers are in their fourth generation of knife makers, who still produce outstanding kitchen cutlery with the same expertise and fine craftsmanship.

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Thank goodness I visited! I have heard about this museum for years and never really had any interest in visiting. We were in the area and decided to stop. What a fascinating and motivated man.... Read more

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Jim H.

I first visited the Warthern Museum over 30 years ago and have been back several times. Recently we had out-of-town relatives visiting and were looking for something to do. So, a trip to Amish... Read more

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Laurie V.

My three year old and I enjoyed the tree festival, but I'll need to come back to fully appreciate the scope of the museum. Friendly staff. Easy parking. Beautifully done tree display for the... Read more

Ernest Warther Museum & Gardens

331 Karl Ave
Dover, Ohio
44622 USA
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  • Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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