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    Beaver Pond

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    Another highlight of my visit to Cuyahoga Valley National Park was the Beaver Pond and the hiking trail to reach it. This is a great place to see a variety of plant life and wildlife. The hike was flat and relatively easy.

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    Moody and Thomas Grist Mill

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    Mill Site

    Near this spot on the Cuyahoga River the Moody and Thomas Grist Mill was built in 1832. The mill ground wheat into flour and the Ohio & Erie Canal provided a way to get the flour to market. The mill burned to the ground in December 1931.

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    Canal Lock Display

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    Canal Lock Display

    There is a very interesting display about the construction of the canal locks here too. Unlike the locks on the canals you can get a close-up look at the sandstone blocks here, along with the marks the stonemason's made on the blocks so the foreman could keep track of the amount of work performed by each crew along with the quality of that work.

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    Hunt Farm

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    Hunt Farm

    In addition to the main farm building which is used as a visitors center, there are several other historic buildings of interest located at Hunts Farm. Hunt's Farm is fairly typical of early farms in the valley.

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    Everett Road Covered Bridge

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    The Everett Road Covered Bridge is fairly typical of covered bridges built in the 1800s. It is based on the 1869 Smith Truss Design and is the only covered bridge remaining in the county. In the 1800s, Ohio had over 2000 covered bridges, the most in the United States.

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    Happy Days Lodge

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    Happy Days Lodge

    In December 1933, a company of young men from the Civilian Conservation Corps came here to participate in an area improvement program that lasted almost a decade. One of the projects they undertook was building the Happy Days Camp of which the lodge was a part. The name was derived from the song "Happy Days are Here Again" which President Franklin Roosevelt used as the theme song for his "New Deal" political platform. Today the lodge is a visitors center.

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    Peninsula

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    Peninsula appeared to be the most populous area in the park. there is lodging and food services here along with antiques and other stores. There are a number of historically and architecturally interesting buildings here. Peninsula is also the location of a periodic farmer's market with fresh produce and some arts and crafts booths.

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    Horseshoe Pond

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    Another attraction I really enjoyed was Horseshoe Pond. Horseshoe Pond is located down Major Road from Riverview Road and has fishing, a group picnic area, restrooms and a ski trail in winter. Access to the pond is via a fairly easy, level hiking trail. At least part of the trail is paved.

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    Lock 29

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    Lock 29

    A little bit south of Boston, near the town of Peninsula, you will find the best preserved canal lock in the valley Lock 29. The aqueduct here carried the canal and the boats traveling on the canal over the Cuyahoga River. It is interesting how well the precisely cut sandstone blocks have stayed in place for a century.

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    Boston, Ohio

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    Boston is the oldest settlement in Summit County. It was settled in 1806 by surveyor James Stanford. By 1850, Boston had a broom factory, gristmill, sawmill, a brickyard, a brewery, several stores and some boatyards. Boston began to decline in the 1860s when boat traffic decreased but picked up again when the railroad came through in 1880 and briefly boomed when the Akron Bag Company opened up facilities nearby. The current look of Boston is very similar to the way it looked in 1900. Some of the interesting historic buildings remaining in Boston include the Cornerstone Family Church, the M. D. Garage (which has some neat displays inside) and various other buildings.

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    Brandywine Falls

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    An attraction that is slightly off the beaten path; but is worth the effort is the 60 foot high Brandywine Falls. Brandywine Falls is on the eastern edge of the park and is accessible by a loop trail part of which is a boardwalk. Brandywine Falls was formed about 10,000 years ago after the last ice age. The falls has worn away the newer rock to expose a yellowish Berca Sandstone (about 320 million years old) that rests atop a bright red Bedford Shale (about 350 million years old). The rock at the bottom of the falls is up to about 400 million years old.

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    Station Road Bridge

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    Station Road Bridge

    One of the interesting attractions at Brecksville Station is the old Station Road Bridge. This bridge was built in 1881 and is the oldest metal truss bridge remaining in the valley. It represents a historically significant link between the change from wooden bridges to steel bridges. The Station Road Bridge was in use for almost 100 years.

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    Brecksville Station

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    Brecksville Station

    The current Brecksville Station was built on the same site as the original. Most of the stations on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad are not necessarily on the same sites as the old stations of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad like Brecksville Station. There are a couple of nice hiking trails nearby and plenty of parking.

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    Canal and Trail by Frazee House

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    Ohio & Erie Canal by Frazee House
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    The Frazees took advantage of the nearby canal to make money from the passengers and people using the towpath. The house was reportedly used as a tavern; but archeological evidence does not support this.

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    Inside Frazee House

    by Basaic Written Nov 29, 2011

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    Interior of Frazee House

    The Frazee House was undergoing renovation and stabilization when I visited so I did not get to go inside. You can see the work in progress in the photo I took through the window. Normal hours to tour the house are 10 AM to 4 PM on summer weekends.

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