It goes like this:
After the French and Indian War (1754-1763), the American Revolution (1775-1783), and the War of 1812 (1812-1815) the original 13 colonies found themselves broke.
Without the means to repay the farmers, and clerks, and boys, and widows, that had won these conflicts the state of Connecticut came up with an idea.
It owned a large tract of land in what was (then) thought of as the ‘West’ (but was actually the top third of the state of Ohio) so in 1795 Connecticut sold it’s land rights to a group of venture capitalists. They formed the Connecticut Land Company, and (as was part of the agreement between the state and the company), sold parcels at ‘undervalue’ to citizens of the state (or their heirs) who had served.
In 1810, one enterprising young man ( the son of a veteran of the French and Indian War), who was ‘down-on-his-luck’ bought 500 acres for $1,200.
Connecticut was overly crowded, too expensive, and the winter’s were harsh. Northeast Ohio was being touted as the “New West’, full of fertile land, clear water and hearty wild game- perfect for a growing family and a man desiring to stake his claim in the world.
So he moved them, sight unseen, to Bath, Ohio- no questions asked (sure).
He grew his family and farm with crops, livestock, children, and wives (he had two).
Three generations lived on this parcel- until 1956, when Jonathan Hale‘s great-granddaughter donated the main house, farm, ancillary buildings, and remaining 170 acres to the Western Reserve Historical Society.
Today, this place is known as Hale Farm and Village and it is charming. Docent’s are weaving from lamb’s wool carded on site, throwing pottery in an ancient kiln, and cooking from the gardens.
It didn’t hurt that I was in the company of my mother and daughter and we were anticipating the savory delights of my mother’s famous pot roast upon our return.
So grab some family, put on a sweater, and go visit a Living History property near you…
Homestead of Jonathan Hale
2686 Oak Hill Road
Moved from Streetsboro, Ohio to the ‘Village’ site across the road,
this building was used for public gatherings as well as worship.
|A long view across a field to the back of
|A view of the autumn garden.|
|The Herrick House,
built 1845, moved from
to the ‘Village’
|The Goldsmith/Robinson House
Moved from Willoughby, Ohio
|Thistle still blooming|
|Wool (from sheep on the property)
that has been carded and spun into threads and yarn.
It is dyed using all organic material.
So beautiful and soft.