One of the tings that really makes a person appreciate the fantastic history of the the Cuyahoga Valley, are the real life stories of the workers, residents and visitors of the area. These tales make this wonderful region come to life, as one pictures in their mind, what life in the Cuyahoga Valley used to be like. The following stories are samples of the many that have been accessed, with the help of the residents of the Greater Cuyahoga Valley region.

Hale Farm

This farm, of well over 100 acres of sprawling fields, was established in 1810. For nearly a century, most of the work was done by the Hale family, handed down by the generations. At that point, people who lived in the area, were employed to work on the farm. This helped out the locals immensely, as tough financial times had hit the region. The farm was used to grow vast amounts of grain and several types of vegetables. More people were needed to help milk the Hale family’s many cows. In the 1930’s, the farm was given as a gift to a Historical Society, that supervised and maintained large areas in the southwestern part of the Cuyahoga Valley. One can visit the Hale farm today, and learn about the people who lived there and worked there. One can also discover what farming in the early 1800’s was like.

Clubs and Organizations

Many groups were formed early on in the Cuyahoga Valley, when the region was just starting to expand. This was originally implemented, so that community issues could be addressed in a fair and formal way. One organization called the Grange, helped farmers in obtaining schooling and medicine for themselves and their families, in spite of being located far from major urban centers. The Grange, until this day, is one of the biggest organizations for farmers. It continues to help farmers, and also serves the role of providing vast amounts of community service throughout the country.

There were also clubs that were created for the wives of farmers and other ladies in the area. This was done, so as to create a healthy way in which the womenfolk could build friendships and share ideas, that would improve life at home on the farm.