Like I’ve told you before, being an auntie is my absolute favorite role in life. I’m always looking for fun and creative activities to do with my niece and nephews. When the Western Reserve Historical Society (WRHS – which includes Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel, Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum, Costume Collection, Hay-McKinney and Bingham-Hanna Mansions, Kidzbits Family Hands-on Center and the Research Library) asked to partner with my blog, I gladly accepted and knew that Simon (3 years old), Gus (20 months old) and Aurellia (16 months old) would enjoy a trip down to Hale Farm & Village.
Hale Farm & Village is a historic property within the boundaries of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park where you can step back in time and view how people lived their everyday lives in the early 1800s. Below I shared a bit about our day at Hale Farm, as well as some exciting announcements & events from the Western Reserve Historical Society! Read all the way down to the bottom to enter a contest to win a membership to WRHS!
Simon was our fearless leader and took charge of the grounds map. Stop number one was the first settlement.
At each stop, there is a storyteller who shares a bit of historical information and interesting facts about their location. At this stop, we learned the story of the Hale Family and a bit about their way of life on the family farm. All of the storytellers did a great job relating the information in an age-appropriate manner but I’m pretty sure my mom had the most fun! She is a bit of a history fanatic and loves to get all of the facts.
We also got to see chickens and sheep. The storytellers told us about how they sheered the sheep’s wool, spun it, dyed it and turned it into products that they could barter and sell. Simon now wants to try to tie-dye a t-shirt!
The Hale Family moved from their quaint and simple log cabin into this beautiful three-story, brick farmhouse. This is a perfect lesson for all ages…hard-work, patience, and persistence pays off!
The village grounds are beautiful! Pictured above is the meeting house. While we were walking around, I saw a couple touring the grounds for their wedding. I looked up on WRHS’ website and you can rent out this beautiful property for special events. Click here for more info!
Although taking three small kids anywhere is a bit hectic, we had a really nice time at the farm and infused a bit of historical knowledge into these kiddos (and ourselves)! We attempted some family photos below to remember this fun afternoon.
WRHS Exciting Announcements:
- WRHS will be opening an exhibit soon called “Cleveland Starts Here” which will allow visitors to discover the rich history of Cleveland and the region once commonly known as the Western Reserve. I can’t wait to visit this exhibit to learn more about my hometown and city that I love! #CleStartsHere
- WRHS is hosting an event on July 22 called “Euclid Park Beach Day” at the Cleveland History Center which will feature unlimited carousel rides, face-painting, lawn games & more! Unfortunately I already have plans for that day, but this event sounds like a blast for kiddos.
Interested in winning your own membership to WRHS? (View a complete list of membership benefits here.)
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You have until Friday, July 21 to enter to win! The winner will be notified shortly after.
Disclosure: I received an invite from the WRHS to help promote their survey and offerings. I was given a complimentary membership. My opinions are my own.