Museum Operations

Phone or Text: 917-693-7664
Fax: 212-253-4083

The Museum is in full operation each year during the Fredericktown Tomato Show, a community celebration that always takes place on the Wednesday through Saturday following Labor Day. 

Special tours can be scheduled at other times through John Long at 917-693-7664 (phone or text) or 

The Fredericktown Community Foundation’s annual Rarick and Dorothy Long Journalism Scholarship, established in 2009, is funded in the name of the Museum by Co-Founders Rebecca Long Leakey and Harlan and John Long.

The Museum established the Main Street Free Press Award in 2003 to recognize extraordinary contributions to furthering press freedom at the grass roots. The award’s first winners were Tom and Pat Gish, courageous publishers of The Mountain Eagle — “It Screams” — in Whitesburg, Kentucky. 

The Museum’s series of annual programs was initiated in 2003, in cooperation with the Columbus-based Central Ohio Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, of which Rarick Long was a member for 48 years, until his death, and of which Museum Director John Long is also a member.  The Chapter recognized John Long and the Museum with its 2015 Appreciation Award for making “a notable contribution to journalism in Central Ohio.”


































To contact us:

The Main Street Free Press Museum

                     For Press Freedom at the Grass Roots

The Main Street Free Press Museum

The Main Street Free Press Museum is a 501(c)(3) Ohio nonprofit corporation.

It is an associate member of the Ohio Newspaper Association.

Donations are Federal Income Tax deductible, per designation by the Internal Revenue Service.


One of the Museum’s treasures from the hometown newspaper’s 1940s heyday is this sign,

hand-painted on a front window by an itinerant artisan.