The Noble County Commissioners received the news they have been waiting and hoping for
when State Representative Don Jones R-Freeport issued a press release announcing the
county is receiving $500,000 for the establishment of the Woody Hayes Cabin Park to be
located at the East of I-77 Business Park off SR 78 near Caldwell.
“We have been hoping for a way to move the Woody Hayes Cabin to the new industrial site for a
long time now and this money is an answer to our prayers,” stated Commissioner Tyler Moore.
“It will foster opportunities for visitors and area residents to engage in outdoor recreation while
at the same time experiencing a true piece of Ohio State football lore.”
Wayne Woodrow “Woody” Hayes was an Ohio State football legend with strong ties to Noble
County. His family once lived near Middleburg and Coach Hayes had first cousins in the area. In
the latter stages of his legendary coaching career, Coach Hayes constructed a cabin on
property owned by his cousin Earl Hayes.
Coach Hayes used to bring his players down to stay with him at his cabin so they could
experience rural life for the first time. Some of these players included Archie Griffin, Cornelius
Greene, and Pete Johnson.
Funding for the relocation of the Woody Hayes cabin was part of Substitute House Bill 2, the
state’s two-year construction budget for capital projects. State Representative Jones, with the
help of State Senator Brian M. Chavez, was also able to secure one million dollars for the Tribe
Athletic Center In Caldwell, as has previously been reported.