Chagrin Falls Historical Society& Museum will present a program on the Chagrin Falls Township Hall, on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 2pm. Archivist Laura Gorretta, Board President John Bourisseau, and Curator Pat Zalba will lead you through the fascinating history of Chagrin Falls Township Hall, the center of Village activities since 1848. It has been a library, school, lecture hall, theater, the seat of Chagrin Falls Township government, even the town jail! Township Hall was the place to be for famous orators–President Garfield and Susan B. Anthony both spoke there. This program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Join us for our pre- St. Patrick’s Day celebration on Thursday, March 14th at 7:30pm!
This is a family friendly event! Guests will enjoy Celtic Music from local music group- Butternut Hill; along with tasty corned beef sliders, and Irish Coffee for the adults! The event is free but we do appreciate a $5 donation. For more information call 440.247.4695.
Come take a look at our new exhibit in our Museum Gallery from March 12 through April 29, 2019. The exhibit features artwork by local favorite, Max Barnard, as well has other whammy doodles and whirligigs in our collection. This exhibit is sponsored in memory of Beverly & Howard Myers.
In the Bo Burr Community Room Gallery: The World According to Max. Stop by our community room to view many of the paintings in our collection by Max Barnard.
The museum is open Tues/Wed/Fri 11am-3pm by appointment; Thursdays 2-7pm; and Saturdays 11am-3pm.
Max Barnard began at a young age as a house painter and paperhanger in Chagrin Falls. He was a self-taught artist who began painting in the 1940s and was recognized for his primitive paintings of scenes recalled from his childhood. Barnard won first prize at the prestigious May Show of 1954 for a painting on a window shade. His work has been exhibited at the Chagrin Valley Art Club in 1973, and at the Heartland Museum in Harvard, MA in 1986. He completed more than 2,000 works in almost 30 years, using mostly house paint! Barnard also had a sketchbook of pen-and-ink drawings of Chagrin Falls residents. Barnard died in Millersburg, Ohio, and is buried in Chagrin Falls. At the time of his death in 1978, he was survived by a granddaughter, Beverly Myers.
Chagrin Falls Historical Society & Museum- Burn the Mortgage Campaign
Join the Chagrin Falls Historical Society and Museum as we begin a Burn the Mortgage Campaign!
In 2014, we embarked on the next chapter of the Chagrin Falls Historical Society and Museum. We purchased our new home, renovated it and have spent recent years expanding our organization and outreach. We have grown into a pillar of the community, educating students, residents, and tourists about Chagrin Falls and vicinity. Our staff, mostly volunteers, creates wonderful programs, tours, and meaningful exhibits showcasing the history of Chagrin Falls.
We are now determined to “Burn the Mortgage”. We have generously received $75,000 in matching funds, approximately 50% of the mortgage balance. Every dollar donated up to $75,000 will be matched. The mortgage has a balloon payment due May 2019. We are asking you to help us with an end of the year contribution. When our campaign is over at the end of February, if more funds are raised than necessary, the overage will be held in a Building Fund for major expenses and building improvements. It’s an ambitious goal, but as we prepare for the future, we are filled with excitement!
Here’s how you can contribute to our campaign!
- Make a secure payment online
- Mail a check payable to Chagrin Historical Society and send to us a- P.O. Box 515, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022
- Call us with your payment information! 440-247-4695
- Make a secure payment online
Chagrin Falls has always invested in the arts. Organizations such as the Chagrin Valley Little Theater, the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, the Valley Art Center, the Chagrin Falls Studio Orchestra, and Chagrin Arts have enriched and entertained residents and visitors for generations. Join us on Tuesday, March 26th at 7pm as Historical Society President John Bourisseau presents a program about the history and tradition of the arts organizations in Chagrin Falls.
The Chagrin Falls Historical Society & Museum is proud to present the Chagrin Falls Historic Home and Garden Tour. The tour will take place on Saturday, June 1st from 10am-5pm. Featured are six select historic homes and gardens, located in the southwest corner of Chagrin Falls and within walking distance of downtown Chagrin Falls.
Tickets will be on sale for $20 beginning May 1st online and in person at the Chagrin Falls Historical Society and various local businesses in Chagrin Falls. Tickets purchased on the day of the tour will be $30 and only available at the Chagrin Falls Historical Society & Museum.
The 2019 Chagrin Falls Historic Home & Garden Tour is proudly sponsored by our Gold Level sponsor- Hemlock Landscapes.
2019 Chagrin Falls Historic Home & Garden Tour
Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tickets: $20 in advance/$30 day of tour
Chagrin Falls Historical Society Participates in Ohio Open Doors
Chagrin Falls Historical Society will take part in Ohio Open Doors in partnership with the Ohio History Connection, on Sunday, September 9, 2018 from 2-4pm, admission is free. Explore the history of Chagrin Falls Township Hall, the center of Village activities since 1848. It has been a library, school, lecture hall, theater and the seat of Chagrin Falls Township government. Join us for light refreshments and meet President James Garfield! Township Hall was the place to be for famous orators–President Garfield and Susan B. Anthony both spoke there. Visitors will learn through photo and document displays about the historic home of the Little Theater, Opera House and our town jail! Light refreshments will be served.
About Ohio Open Doors
Discover Ohio’s amazing heritage Fri., Sept. 7, through Sun., Sept. 16, as historic buildings and landmarks across our state open their doors for special tours and events during the statewide event Ohio Open Doors. Explore fascinating places that reflect Ohio’s rich heritage, some open especially for Ohio Open Doors events or offering behind-the-scenes looks that aren’t ordinarily available.
All Ohio Open Doors events are free. Most are special one-day-only opportunities.
The Ohio History Connection created Ohio Open Doors in 2016 to promote and inspire pride in Ohio’s heritage and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act.
Signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Oct. 15, 1966, the Act has proven instrumental in transforming the face of communities from coast to coast, establishing the legal framework and incentives to preserve historic buildings, landscapes and archaeological sites. It drives economic revitalization by attracting investment, supporting small business, stabilizing neighborhoods and creating jobs.
The Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office administers the National Historic Preservation Act in Ohio. Many of the landmarks featured in Ohio Open Doors events are in the National Register of Historic Places, which the National Historic Preservation Act created.
“Ohio Open Doors shares stories of important landmarks right in our backyard, highlighting the history and unique nature of some of Ohio’s most treasured historic places,” says Burt Logan, executive director and CEO of the Ohio History Connection.
For more information about Ohio Open Doors, visit ohiohistory.org or www.chagrinhistorical.org.
Chagrin Falls Historical Society presents: SPIRITS ALIVE! At Evergreen Hill Cemetery
UPDATE- The Saturday tours are SOLD OUT and Sunday at 4pm is SOLD OUT! And limited spots remain on the Sunday at 5pm tour. Please call if you would like to be added to a waiting list for next year!
Start the Halloween season off right with SPIRITS ALIVE, a historic cemetery tour! Chagrin Falls Historical Society in partnership with Stroud-Lawrence Funeral Home is conducting Cemetery Tours of the historic Evergreen Hill Cemetery in Chagrin Falls. You will be guided to ten graves in the cemetery. At each grave, you will meet the spirit who lives there and hear their story! Light refreshments will be provided. The tours will take place on Saturday, September 29 at 4pm and 5pm. Also, Sunday, September 30 at 4pm and 5pm. RSVP REQUIRED through PayPal or you can reach us at 440.247.4695 or email@example.com. Admission- $10 nonmembers or $5 members. THERE IS NO RAIN DATE OR REFUNDS. We thank you for your support of the Chagrin Falls Historical Society & Museum.
The people you will meet on this tour lived in Chagrin Falls in the first half of the 19th Century when it was a small, rural village. Most lived into the 20th Century and witnessed many changes in our small town. They all participated in the life of the village and through their efforts Chagrin Falls evolved from a small, isolated village to a vibrant commercial center. Along the way, its residents experienced the hardships of life on the Ohio frontier, the travails of the Civil War and the virtues and the vices of the Modern Age.
About Evergreen Hill Cemetery:Evergreen Hill Cemetery was the second cemetery established in the Village and Township. The first Chagrin Falls Burying Ground was established in the 1840s by George Stocking who purchased land at the top of Grove Hill on the west side of North Main Street where he proceeded to sell burial lots to individual families. There were several other small cemeteries outside of the village boundaries where members of the Chagrin Falls community were buried. By the 1860s the village had outgrown the Grove Hill Cemetery so the land on South Franklin Street which was owned by the Township, was deeded to the Village. Additional land was acquired from Village residents Robert and Caroline Barrows, and Albon B. Gardner.The first burial in the Cemetery took place in 1863. Some families removed the remains of their family members from Grove Hill Cemetery to Evergreen Hill, although the Grove Hill Cemetery was active until 1869. The Chagrin Falls Township Trustees still maintain the grounds of the cemetery.