J.M. Smucker House

Heartland Trail

Commerce, Economy & Work

Pictured from this angle, you can see the corporate campus of the J.M. Smucker Company behind the Jerome M. Smucker House.

This house was built by Jerome Monroe Smucker, the founder of The J.M. Smucker Company, whose corporate headquarters are set back behind the house just down Strawberry Lane (of course). [1] Smucker's remains a family-run company, and the house is often used for corporate functions. It was originally built in 1907, 10 years after Smucker built a cider mill and began selling apple cider and apple butter. [2] The mill was just one of J.M.’s businesses; a 1987 article about the company in the New York Times Magazine reported that "[a]t one point, Jerome had four farms going, as well as a creamery and a penmanship tutoring business.” [3] On the 1900 census, he reported his occupation as “Salesman Creamery Supplies,” but by 1910, the census enumerator recorded his occupation as “manufacturer” and his industry as “apple butter factory.” [4] The J.M. Smucker Company was officially incorporated in 1921, and, 100 years later, the fifth generation of Smuckers oversees a company that produces far more than apple butter. [5] You may be familiar with their fruit jellies and ice cream toppings, but Smucker’s now also makes Jif Peanut Butter, Crisco, Folger’s Coffee, several brands of pet foods, and many other brands of snacks and coffee you regularly see in your grocery store.

The Smuckers moved out of this house in 1948. Although it’s not open to the public, Smucker’s has a retail store and cafe just a few miles south of the house where, in addition to buying Smucker’s products, you can learn a little more about the company’s history.


  • [1] “Defining Moments in Our History,” The J.M. Smucker Company,
  • [2] “Defining Moments in Our History"; Ohio History Connection, “Jerome M. Smucker,” Ohio History Central,
  • [3] Andrew H. Malcolm, “Of Jams And A Family,” The New York Times Magazine, November 15, 1987, 83.
  • [4] 1900 U.S. census, Village of Orville, Baughman Township, Wayne County, Ohio, page 19, enumeration district 0139, dwelling 397, family 403, Jerome Monroe Smucker,, accessed June 30, 2020; 1910 U.S. census, Village of Orville, Baughman Township, Wayne County, Ohio, page 10A, enumeration district 0157, dwelling 237, family 251, Jerome M Smucker,, accessed June 30, 2020.
  • [5] “Defining Moments in Our History."

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