Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area Things to Do

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    Saltbox House

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    This was a much more common style of home in the valley in the early 1800s. It is based on a New England design and was easy to build and easy to keep warm in the winter. It uses Federal Style architecture and is called a "Saltbox" house.

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    Inside House 2

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    This is how the house would have been furnished and laid out. There was a charming young lady in period costume demonstrating how to make dinner in the old style kitchen and over the open fire. The chicken cooked with herbs from the garden smelled great. Couldn't talk her into a sample (legal reasons).

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    Inside House 1

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    This is how the house would have been furnished and laid out. This would have been the home of a rich family. There was a charming young lady in period costume playing the piano (quite well I might add) inside the house.

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    House 1

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    There were several types of different houses on display here. I think they were modeled after actual period houses that were once in the valley. This first house was a substantial looking structure that used the popular Federal Style of architecture. Note the small wooden addition on the back for the kitchen (Photo 2).

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    Hale Village

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    Across the road from the Hale House is Hale Village. Hale Village has quite a few different buildings showing a typical village in the late 1800s and many of the activities. There were quite a few people here in period dress explaining and demonstrating different aspects of life in the village.

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    Special Events

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    There was a special event going on when I was here so in addition to all the other attractions there were booths set up where they were making popcorn in a large metal cauldron and a number of booths selling arts and crafts and other items.

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    Sugar House

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    This building was built by C. O. Hale in the early 1900s, preserving the family tradition of maple sugaring. Hale produced 200 gallons on maple syrup in a good year. The process is demonstrated here during the month of February.

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    Carriage Makers Building

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    Another display that I found quite interesting was the Carriage Makers Building. They had a number of different carriages inside like the: 1890 Landau, which was owned by President James A. Garfield's widow (Photo 2); this nice Brougham which was an expensive carriage for a gentleman built in London between 1890 and 1900 (photo 3). The name Brougham was derived from Lord Peter Henry Brougham; this carriage was called a "Char-a-banc Break" and was manufactured in Cleveland in 1885 (photo 4). It was very popular throughout Ohio; and lastly this Octagon-Front Coupe, manufactured in New Haven, Connecticut in 1890 (photo 5).

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    Settlers Cabin

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    Settler's Cabin
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    This is a typical cabin that many of the settlers in the valley lived in, especially when they first moved here. This cabin makes an interesting contrast to the much more luxurious Hale House. There was a guy here to discuss how the cabin was built and what it was like to live in this type of cabin.

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    Entrance to Hale House and Village

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    Entrance Building

    If your time for exploring the park is very limited you may want to consider stopping at the Hale Farm & Village. This will give you the widest view of life in the valley in a short period of time. The complex is part of the national park but is owned and operated by the Western Reserve Historical Society. All the rest of my "To Do" tips relate to the Hale House and Village.

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    Role Players in Hale House

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    The quality of the experience going through the Hale House was greatly enhanced by the presence of people dressed in period costume demonstrating some of the activities associated with daily life at the Hale House during the late 1800s like basket making, and candle making.

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    Hale House

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    Hale House

    The centerpiece of the facility is the Hale House which was built in 1827 by Jonathon Hale. At that time it was one of only two brick homes in the valley. Like the Frazee House, the Hale House was built using the Federal style of architecture.

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    Indoor Museum Displays

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    Inside the building you walk through to gain access to the Hale House & Village there are several interesting displays. I especially liked the old Franklin Stove and the great old International Car in Photo 4.

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    "Pancake Lock"

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    Between the Ira Trailhead where I parked to access the trail to the Beaver Pond and the pond itself is Lock 26. Lock 26 was one of 44 locks that raised canal boats a total of 395 feet between Cleveland and Akron. Lock 26 and its neighbor to the north, Lock 27, earned the nickname "pancake locks" in 1828, when canal boats were stranded by a flood and dwindling supplies made the only food available cornmeal pancakes.

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    Animals at the Beaver Marsh

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    There were also a number of birds and other wildlife along the trail and at the beaver pond (although I did not see any beaver). It was very impressive when I saw the Great Blue Heron spread his massive wings and take flight.

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