The museum is owned and operated by the Western Reserve Historical Society. In 1958 they acquired the farm and homestead of Jonathan Hale, a Connecticut settler who came to Ohio in 1810. His house, built in 1825, was one of the first brick buildings in the area. It has been restored and furnished with period antiques.
This log cabin was built in 1805, and was transported here from its original location in what is today the city of Akron.
This cabin was built in 1816. It was originally a farmhouse, but was later used as a one-room school house. (It was common for early schools to be housed in abandoned cabins.)
Facing the village green is a church which was a Baptist Meeting House built in 1852 in Streetsboro, Ohio.
This house is known as a "saltbox" house, and was built in 1830 in Richfield, Ohio. This style of house got its name because its shape resembled the boxes in which salt was stored. The style was typical of New England and reflects the influence of Connecticut settlers in Ohio.
This house is known as the Goldsmith House, because it was designed by a noted Ohio master builder, Jonathan Goldsmith. This home was built in 1831 for a wealthy family in Willoughby, Ohio.
Throughout the village, there are interpreters who demonstrate nineteenth century crafts and activities.
She was making candles from beeswax. Tallow (animal fat) was also used, but the downside of tallow was that they attracted rats.
Making apple butter
In the blacksmith's shop
One of the blacksmiths told us that it had miserable working this summer, the hottest summer on record.
The broom maker
My visit to Hale Farm and Village was fun and informative!