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Jonathan Hale and his family settled in the Cuyahoga Valley in 1810 and began a tradition of farming, family and entrepreneurship. In 1956 Clara Belle Richie, the great granddaughter of Jonathan, bequeathed the family farm to the Western Reserve Historical Society, “to be established as a museum so that the greatest number of persons might learn about the history and culture of the Western Reserve.”

The museum first opened its doors in 1958, and over the course of the next 60+ years the Hale’s family farm was transformed into a experiential learning laboratory. It is this space that has been the platform for delivering programming which provides a lifetime of social value.

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Paper Plate Flower Weaving

Broom Jumping, A Wedding Tradition

Yogurt Bread Recipe

Learn to make a May Basket.

Find out more about Beekeeping and Hale Farm here!

Learn more about Hale Farm & Village’s Capitol Improvement Project: The Mary Jane David Hartwell Community Room.

Visit the Western Reserve Historical Society Blog to learn fill up on Northeast Ohio History!

Dandelion Flower Cookie Recipe

Get Cooking: The Hale & Hearty Cookbook is filled with unique recipes.

Learn to naturally dye eggs.

Stay Engaged: History at Home

Media Release – Meetinghouse Restoration Project 2020

Media Release – Ground Breaking for Mary Jane Davis Hartwell Community Room – April 2019

Media Release – Siegfried Buerling Honored By Akron Garden Club

Media Release – Gatehouse Expansion Project

Media Release – Sow & Grow Farm Festival and Plant Sale – June 8 & 9 -2019

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