A Reopening Celebration Marking 210 Years

Hale Farm & Village

For Immediate Release, Bath, Ohio — In 1810 Jonathan Hale purchased 500 acres from the
Connecticut Land Company for land located in the Cuyahoga Valley. This portion of the country was referred to as the Western Reserve, an area defined by the south shores of Lake Erie to the 41st parallel, just north of Canton Ohio and from the western Pennsylvania border 120 miles to the west, close to Toledo. In June, of that same year, Jonathan made the 646 mile trip to his family’s new land. The trip lasted 28 days and upon his arrival in July found a squatter living in a cabin on the property. He traded this squatter his horses and wagon for the cabin and began clearing the land. Shortly after, he sent for his wife and children to make the trip and join him on their new farm. Over the course of the next 150 years three generations of Hale’s lived on and worked the land in the Cuyahoga Valley.

In 1956 Clara Belle Richie, great granddaughter of Jonathan Hale, bequeathed the family’s farm to the
Western Reserve Historical Society. It was her wish that “Hale Farm is to be established as a museum so
that the greatest number of persons might learn about the history and culture of the Western Reserve.”

We invite you to help us celebrate the living history of the Western Reserve this summer! On July 9 we
are open for a Member Appreciation day and continue hours for the public July 10 & 11 and weekly
Thursday thru Saturday, 10am-4pm throughout July and August.

The safety of our guests, staff and volunteers is our number one priority as we celebrate welcoming guests
again. Hale Farm & Village is situated on nearly 100 acres in the Cuyahoga Valley. As such, we are ready
to accommodate your visit safely, and comfortably. Many of our 32 historic buildings will be open for selfguided experiences. Craft demonstrations like pottery and textiles will occur daily, and other interpretive
experiences can be enjoyed across the historic grounds.

Hale Farm’s one of a kind agricultural and horticulture program never takes a day off! Enjoy the natural beauty, gardens and nature trails of the living history museum in the Cuyahoga Valley.

Advance ticket purchase is required and available on our website www.halefarm.org.

Hale Farm & Village is a property of the Western Reserve Historical Society. For GPS directions use 2686
Oak Hill Rd. Peninsula, Ohio.


Hale Farm & Village, a living history museum of the Western Reserve Historical Society, is located on 90 acres in Bath, Ohio with 32 historic structures, farm animals, heritage gardens, farming and early American craft and trade demonstrations. Visit www.halefarm.org or call (330) 666-3711 for seasonal
hours, program listings, rental information, and to become a member. 2018 marked Hale Farm & Village’s 60th anniversary as a museum of the Western Reserve Historical Society.

Founded in 1867, Western Reserve Historical Society (WRHS) is Northeast Ohio’s premier storyteller based on its vast collection of the tangible history of Northeast Ohio. It is one of the oldest and largest nonprofit regional historical societies in the nation. It presents the lives and activities of 19th
-Century settlers through historic Hale Farm & Village in Bath, Ohio. WRHS offers a wealth of resources to research your family heritage at the Cleveland History Center in University Circle, Cleveland.

Press Release submitted by:

Catherine I. Sterle Director of Marketing & Sales
Hale Farm & Village
2686 Oak Hill Rd. Bath, Ohio 44210
P.O. Box 296
csterle@wrhs.org | 330.666.3711 x 1715

 Featured image 1: The Goldsmith Garden is highlight of museum tours and illustrates an ornamental cutting garden from mid-nineteenth century.  Photo Credit: Nancy Balluck
Featured image 2: Bert and Eddie our oxen team along with our Tunis Sheep and Heritage breed chickens are popular with young visitors.  Photo Credit: Nancy Balluck





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