Since there is so much history that happened in Cuyahoga Valley, there have been many interesting kinds of people who have passed through these lands. Native Americans were the first ones in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Afterwards, in the beginning of the 1800’s, settlers started to open up businesses and farms in Cuyahoga Valley.
The Whittlesey people lived there for awhile, until they vanished from the area in the early 17th century. Between the early 1600’s until 1730, the Cuyahoga Valley was being used as a transportation track for commerce and hunting. This is the reason why, when the Native American tribes were searching for shelter, they discovered deserted land in the Ohio Country.
In the year of 1795, the American Indians signed the Treaty of Greenville, which stated that they would give up all lands east of the Cuyahoga River. This came about as an outcome of a military loss to General Anthony Wayne at Fallen Timbers. This town is currently known as Maumee, Ohio. This Treaty, in essence, unlocked the Ohio countryside and its environs to pioneers.
At that time, several people were searching for a better life, and decided to try their luck searching for opportunities in the relatively new state of Ohio.
In the year of 1818, a man named Moses Gleeson and his wife Polly Richardson Gleeson, moved to Bedford Ohio. They left a normal society for the life on the frontier. Mr. Gleeson was a man of many trades. A friend of his persuaded him into buying the property at Lock 38 as an investment. He bought the property on the new Ohio and Erie Canal. He renovated it and made in into an inn and a store. When financially difficult times came to pass, the inn also turned into a residence, blacksmith shop, and other stores. The Gleeson Family became well known in the region.
By visiting the Canal Exploration Center you can hear more about their story.