We preserve the legacy and share the history of Rendville Ohio


On Decoration Day, RHPS honors the many folks who are buried in Rendville’s historic cemetery. These two videos created in collaboration with Ohio State students Lydia Smith and Jacob Kopceinski, tell stories about Decoration Day in Rendville and act as a memorial to members of the community who are no longer with us.

More information about this project and a recording of the program in which these were first shared can be found here


Who we are and what we do

We are a non-profit organization dedicated to leaving a legacy for future generations through the preservation of the history, heritage, and the physical structures of the Village of Rendville. 

The Rendville Historic Preservation Society formed as a non-profit corporation in July 2015.  Purposes of the Rendville Historic Preservation Society are:

  • to revitalize and economically develop the Village of Rendville through civic tourism.
  • to collaborate with regional institutions of education and local history and cultural community organizations to create, both formal and informal educational opportunities for all stakeholders

The organization is operated and governed by a volunteer working board.




The Rendville Cemetery Project

The Rendville Historic Preservation Society and the Ohio State University Center for Folklore Studies created a website preservation project focused on the Rendville/Scotch Hill cemetery. Ohio State University students Lydia Smith and Jacob Kopcienski worked closely with RHPS Vice President Harry Ivory to document the cemetery. This website serves as a living repository for the documentation of the cemetery they produced including photographs, videos, and audio recordings make the cemetery more holistically accessible to the many former residents of Rendville who are unable to return.

The Little White House History & Visitor Center

We have many long-term goals, but the first and foremost is to create a space for learning, gathering, and sharing the unique ethnic and labor history of Rendville. We hope that by restoring and revitalizing The Little White House, we can reach this goal. Grants, donations and volunteers continue to fuel our efforts

Donate to the Rendville Museum Fund


09 Mar

Black Appalachians: Leadership, Legacy And Village Life In Rendville Ohio

  • 01:00 pm
  • Thompson Library 1858 Neil Avenue Mall Columbus, OH 43210-1286

Join us for a film screening of three short documentaries and a panel discussion about the history and community of Rendville, Ohio. This event will screen three short, community-produced documentaries about Rendville’s history and community: “Rendville Across the Color Line,” “Stories of Decoration Day” and “Water for Life.” Afterward, a panel consisting of RHPS board members, Rendville community members and others working with the RHPS will lead a Q&A and discussion session about the town’s history, community and legacy.

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19 Mar

45th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference : “Crafting Community Narratives in Rendville, Ohio”

  • 01:45 pm
  • West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV Saturday. Session 7A.

Convener: Jasper Waugh-Quasebarth, The Ohio State University Panel: Janis Ivory, The Rendville Historic Preservation Society Harry Ivory, The Rendville Historic Preservation Society Lydia Smith, The Ohio State University Jacob Kopcienski, The Ohio State University Alona Norwood, Black in Appalachia


Rendville is the smallest incorporated town in Ohio, and is home to significant African American history, labor history, and a compelling story of ethnic diversity. 

An interracial experience created by mine owner William P. Rend established a community where African Americans and arriving European immigrants lived side by side in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s allowing for the breaking of the color barrier before the Civil Rights movements.

A long history of strong leadership stems from our small village, and it is our goal to preserve their legacy and share their incredible history.


Hover over (or click or tap on) the photos to see the names and stories of some of Rendville’s most influential leaders.​

Donate to Help Us fund the Little White House Museum and Visitor Center

We are currently accepting donations via check and PayPal.

Checks must be made out to the Rendville Historic Preservation Society and mailed to:

Rendville Historic Preservation Society
Frans H. Doppen, Treasurer
59 Elmwood Place
Athens, OH 45701