Bowling Green, Ohio: Human Fingers in a Jar

RoadsideAmerica.com Team Field Report

Wood County Museum

Address:
13660 County Home Rd, Bowling Green, OH
Directions:
Wood County Museum. Southeast of town. Just east of I-75 exit 179. Drive east on US Hwy 6. Make first right east of the freeway onto County Home Rd, and drive to the museum, which will be on the left.
Hours:
M-F 10-4, Sa-Su 1-4 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
419-352-0967
RA Rates:
Major Fun
Save to My Sights

Fingers in a jar.

Human Fingers in a Jar

The Wood County Museum displays the fingers of murder victim Mary Bach and the knife used to sever them.

Roadsideamerica.com Report... [10/17/2011]

Visitor Tips and News About Human Fingers in a Jar

Reports and tips from RoadsideAmerica.com visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.

Fingers in a Jar.

Human Fingers in a Jar

The star exhibit at the Wood County Historical Center and Museum are the fingers of Mary Bach, hacked off by her murderous husband in 1881, and displayed for years in a jar of whiskey. But the alcohol eventually evaporated, leaving the fingers high and dry and imperiled. Technology to the rescue! A new preservation technique that promises to very, very slowly "rehydrate" the fingers is currently underway, and the museum, taking advantage of the fingers' absence, is remodeling their surrounding exhibit to focus more on domestic violence. According to curator Holly Hartlerode, the fingers will be back and on display -- but not until 2018.

[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 11/12/2015]
Fingers in a Jar, Lunatic House

It's more than just fingers in a jar... The museum was a poor house/infirmary/invalid home. The people there kept the museum open after closing so we could look around. Every room has a description of what it used to be (includes a morgue) and is very visitor-friendly. One highlight of the grounds is a lunatic house that you can go in. If the staff hadn't been so nice, it would be creepy.

Also present is a bird Clark Gable shot and it's not really known why it's there. As for the fingers, they were cut off by the doctor for court use, not by the killer (husband), but the knife did kill her and the rope did hang him.

[Steve Churcher, 08/13/2007]

Nearby Offbeat Places

World's Largest Bronze FalconWorld's Largest Bronze Falcon, Bowling Green, OH - 2 mi.
National Construction Equipment MuseumNational Construction Equipment Museum, Bowling Green, OH - 6 mi.
Giant Campbell's Soup CanGiant Campbell's Soup Can, Findlay, OH - 19 mi.
In the region:
Wilson Football Factory Tour, Ada, OH - 41 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

My Sights

My Sights on Roadside America

Create Your Own Bizarre Road Trips! ...Try My Sights

Mobile Apps

Roadside America app: iPhone, iPad Roadside America app for iPhone, iPad. On-route maps, 1,000s of photos, special research targets! ...More

Roadside Presidents app: iPhone, iPad Roadside Presidents app for iPhone, iPad. POTUS landmarks, oddities. ...More

Ohio Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Art Cartopia, Trinidad, Colorado (Jul 26-Aug 1, 2021)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

RoadsideAmerica.com Hotel & Motel Finder

Special rates for hotels.

Book Now