Hale Farm and Village hearkens back to a simpler time in Ohio’s history. The Western Reserve Historical Society has preserved the grounds and buildings on site to reflect life in the 19th century. Before the industrial revolution came to the Cuyahoga Valley, Jonathan Hale migrated his farm from Connecticut to seek prosperity in Ohio (and to escape debts he owed in the Nutmeg State). He arrived in 1810 and progressively expanded his farm, building the trademark Hale House in 1825. In 1958, one of his direct descendants handed over the property to the Western Reserve Historical Society and in 1973, it was included in the National Register of Historic Places.
What Makes It Great
Today, the Hale Farm and Village functions as a living history museum that includes a recreated town known as Wheatfield. The majority of the outdoors’ relics and history revolve around Ohio’s pivotal role in the Civil War and each year, the village hosts reenactments of Civil War battles. There are also plenty of demonstrations of 19th century life, ranging from candle making to blacksmithing. A working farm is on site as well and throughout the day, you’ll have a chance to talk with actors dressed in authentic costume about life in the village.
Tours of the Hale Farm and Village are family friendly and despite the step back in time, all the amenities of the modern world are right around the corner. A cafe, museum and store are there to visit between your tours. The landscape is meticulously kept up and the entire atmosphere captures the spirit of old America with charm.
Who is Going to Love It
Besides the daily tours and Civil War reenactments, there are dozens of events held every year such as a 5k run, weddings, musical concerts and come autumn, plenty of harvest time activities. The pleasant reminders of the past are kept alive in the archives and artifacts in the museum and it is worth the time to spend some time there during your visit. Perhaps a visit to Hale Farm will help encourage a more simple approach to your own life, though you may prefer to leave the butter churning to the pros.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Hale Farm and Village is open June through October to the general public. November through May visits must be privately arranged (mostly for schools and small groups). June - August the property is open 10 am - 5 pm Wednesday through Sunday. September and October offers only weekend openings, 10 am - 5 pm. Fees for adults are $10, children ages 3 - 12 are $5 and children under 2 years old are free. Active military are also granted free entrance and there are discounts on groups of more than 15 people.
Hale Farm and Village is located at 2686 Oak Hill Road, Bath, Ohio 44210 though the website asks you use the address 2686 Oak Hill Rd, Peninsula, OH 44264 in your GPS navigation systems. The drive from Cleveland is roughly 40 minutes. Private visits are available upon request. For more information, visit the Hale Farm and Village website or call them at 330-666-3711.