As Cleveland’s metropolis grew with industry and population in the early 1900s, two major developments allowed city people to seek respite from the grime and grind of city life: new labor laws that granted a five-day work week and vacation time, as well as expanding transportation systems, most notably the electric interurban rail network.
Geauga, the “Berkshires of Ohio,” with its scenic rock ledges and tranquil natural lakes, became a natural attraction long before the establishment of state or county park systems.
Now you can take an imaginary 1900’s trolley trip to these special tourist destinations by following the imaginary journey of a Cleveland family, illustrated with photographs and vintage postcards.
What: Land of Lakes and Ledges: 1900s Tourism in Geauga
When: Sunday, November 30 – 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Where: The West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87), Russell Twp.
Once-upon-a-time resorts at Little Mountain, Chester Caves, Bass Lake and Punderson Lake will certainly be on the itinerary of your nostalgic “tour” of historic Geauga, which will also include stops in early 20th-century Chardon, Burton and The Great Geauga County Fair.
Registration is not required for this indoor program, designed for those school age and older, which is fully wheelchair/stroller accessible. Call (440) 286-9516 with questions.