Visitors who are looking for a rustic adventure site to hold their next family gathering or office brainstorming sessions should consider stopping by the George Stanford House, located on a rural section of Stanford Road, just north of the small village of Boston.

The Stanford House was built in 1843 and has incredible views of the Cuyahoga River and the adjacent Ohio & Erie Canal, making it the perfect overnight facility for moderately sized group events, such as family reunions or church retreats. This historic home sleeps up to 30 people in nine private rooms in the beautiful setting of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The house also features two community restrooms, each with two stalls and two showers, a self-service kitchen with high-quality appliances, a comfortable community living room, a rustic dining room, and scenic park grounds with trail accessibility and on-site parking.

The Stanford House is in close proximity to numerous visitor amenities, including the Towpath Trail, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, Boston Mill Station, Boston Store Visitor Center, Trail Mix Boston and Trail Mix Peninsula retail stores, ski areas, and the small-town charm of historic downtown Peninsula.

History of the Home

James Stanford settled the property in 1806 as a town leader and surveyor. In fact, he was a member of the original surveyors of Boston Township before deciding to move his family to the area. James’ son George Stanford built the large farmhouse that still stands today.

On the Stanford farm during the late 19th century, George and his son, George C. Stanford, worked together to expand the farm’s operation to include dairy farm and a lumber yard. Both father and son were also very active in local politics, serving many positions in public office, including Justice of the Peace. After his father’s death in 1883, George C. Stanford inherited the farm and continued to raise wheat, cattle, and sheep. George C. Stanford’s daughter Ellen eventually passed the farm along to her nephew, Ernest Dickenson, who makes the house available as the comfortable, rustic getaway it is today.