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Hale Farm & Village Welcomes You!


Hale Farm & Village is open and welcomes you to visit 10 am to 4 pm, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays throughout September! Find more, including ticket information, HERE

Western Reserve Historical Society is dedicated to bringing history to life in the virtual community through stories to read and hear, activities to do, new friends to meet, and even more to wonder about!


September Fall Family Learning Days at Hale Farm & Village

Thursdays and Fridays, September 3 & 4, 10 & 11, 17 & 18, 24 & 25

Experience 19th century rural life, with farm animals, craft demonstrations, science explorations, and literature connections, with plenty to feed curious young minds!

Explore the Maple Sugar Bush Nature Trail, just behind the First Settlement Cabin. Maple, beech, hickory, buckeye, oak—see the fall color unfold along the quarter-mile loop trail week by week! Follow the signs for Septembers Story Walk: Were Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steven Metzger.

September Family Learning Days are a perfect complement to at-home learning, and fun for work-from-home friends of all ages!


September 3 & 4

  • Demonstration: Churning Cream into Butter
  • Take-home activity guide: Braid a Yarn Doll

September 10 & 11

  • Demonstration: Making a Broom
  • Take-home activity guide: Play Fox and Geese

September 17 & 18

  • Demonstration: Weaving a Blanket
  • Take-home activity guide: Weave a Mini Rug

September 24 & 25

  • Demonstration: Harvest Soup
  • Take-home activity guide: Make a Marbled Day Book

Field Trips for Home Learners, Co-ops, Schools, and Families

Make Hale Farm & Village your partner in learning this fall! Ticket information for individuals and small groups can be found HERE. For groups of 10 or more, or for questions about our educational programs, please use the form HERE to arrange for your visit.

Coming in late fall 2020: Distance Learning with Hale Farm & Village

Kids in Communities from Long Ago (grades K-4), Market and Me (grade 3) and The Roots of Entrepreneurship (grade 4 support Ohios Learning Standards in Social Studies, English Language Arts, and Financial Literacy.

  • Live video classes
  • Digital resource bank

Please use THIS FORM to request more information.

Current Educational Offerings

Place-Based Learning Experiences

(currently unavailable; please see above for special fall programming or distance learning options for the 2020-21 school year)

Follow the path of pioneers, and lead your students to new opportunities, with a richness that only place-based, experiential learning can provide.

The rhythm of daily life, stories and songs, farm animals and gardens, and Early American craft and trade demonstrations are all part of your visit to Hale Farm & Village. Investigate rural community roles, spark STEM learning, or walk the path of 19th century entrepreneurs with your scholars.

Each experience aligns with Ohio’s Learning Standards in content areas including Social Studies, Language Arts, Science, Math and Financial Literacy.

Schedule your program today! Use the web form, email halereservations@wrhs.org. or call (330) 666-3711 x 1720.


Kids in Communities from Long Ago

Discover how families lived, worked and played in the 19th century Western Reserve!

Interactive lessons in historic homes, animals on the farm, and spaces to explore inside and out. Demonstrations of early American crafts & trades including candle making, spinning, blacksmithing, glassblowing and pottery amaze young visitors while providing strong STEM connections.

This program supports Ohio’s Learning Standards in Social Studies, Language Arts & Science; downloadable classroom resources provided.

Best for: all ages! This program is perfect for younger scholars from pre-K through grade 3 but is easily tailored to students in the middle grades and high school. Ask us how we can fit our interactive programs to your classroom.


The Market and Me

Made possible by generous support from the GAR Foundation

Producers of goods, providers of services, buyers and sellers convene in a lively exploration of the marketplace. Experience first-hand how a growing population, rich natural resources, innovations in transportation and the spark of a creative community helped the region grow. This program supports Ohio’s Learning Standards for grade 3 in Social Students, Language Arts, and Financial Literacy.

Best for: 3rd grade students curious about money and how a business begins. Our newest entry in YEE for CLE, the Youth Entrepreneurship Education continuum of the Western Reserve Historical Society.


The Roots of Entrepreneurship in Northeast Ohio

Made possible by generous support from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation

The Roots of Entrepreneurship in Northeast Ohio Youth Entrepreneurship Education program engages students as they determine the resources necessary to meet basic needs, produce items for sale, provide services, and participate in the marketplace for profit in the 19th century. Meet people in progress on the road to entrepreneurship! Do they have what it takes to succeed?

This program supports Ohio’s Learning Standards in Social Studies, Language Arts, Mathematics & Financial Literacy; downloadable classroom resources provided.

Best for: grades 4 and up. Additional support available through high school. Part of YEE for CLE, the continuum of Youth Entrepreneurship Education at the Western Reserve Historical Society.


Civics Education Experience: The Genius of Freedom

What are the rights and responsibilities of a citizen? Through a series of dramatic vignettes, experience the complex story of freedom and the quest for equality following the Civil War. From Ohio’s Learning Standards for Social Studies in grades 4-8 and primary and secondary sources, students follow the timeline from the Emancipation Proclamation, the Civil Rights Acts of America’s Reconstruction period, and the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution.

Best for: grades 5 and up as a stand-alone experience or as an extension of classroom civics lessons.


Special Seasonal Programs, included with core experiences for school & youth:

Maple Sugar Festival (March) and Harvest Festival (October) are high-interest seasonal programs and include the same amazing learning experiences as Kids in Communities from Long Ago, The Market and Me, and Roots of Entrepreneurship in Northeast Ohio, such as early American crafts & trades, farm fields and gardens, animals and occupations and daily life in the village and on the farm.

These programs support Ohio’s Learning Standards in Social Studies, Language Arts & Science; downloadable classroom resources provided in addition to core program guides.


NEW! Educator Professional Learning

We’re celebrating the opening of the Mary Jane Davis Hartwell community room at Hale Farm & Village with sessions for teachers, exploring ways to bring social studies lessons to life. Programs include school day program observations and application sessions, after-hours talk-and-tours, seminars in using primary sources, artifacts and the culture of daily life, and ways to spark your own creativity for inspired learning experiences.


Summer Self-Guided Tour of Hale Farm & Village

Perfect for summer days, the farm and village are yours to explore! Feel the rough walls of the First Settlement cabin, and imagine the hands behind the marks on each log. See the gentle power of the oxen team, and the skill of the drivers guiding them. Hear the sounds of the farmyard, from the plaintive bleat of the sheep to the cheerful cheep of the chickens. Be amazed by the tradespeople, using heat to change ordinary materials – wax, glass, iron, clay – into items both useful and beautiful.




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