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4.25.2014

Visiting a Vintage Village: @WRHS_History's Hale Farm and Village #AtoZChallenge

We have been provided with a membership to the Western Reserve Historical Society to facilitate this review and have not been compensated in any other way. Opinion are my own.

Hale Farm and Village is a 19th century outdoor, interactive, living museum in Bath, Ohio.  It is open to the general public from June to October, but there are special events held throughout the year and it is open for special tours and field trips.


Since I am from Northeast Ohio, I have gone on a few field trips to Hale Farm while I was growing up and now that my kids are growing up here I was honored to accompany my son on his field trip last spring!  It could not have been a prettier day!

We ventured on a tour of the village with his teachers, exploring the grounds at our own pace.  As we went from building to building and place to place we encountered actors in costume who brought the past to life.

The school teacher was by far the creepiest in the Ichabod Crane sort of way and how he explained school house rules.  Let's just say I am glad we live in this century!

My guy was obsessed with this yellow house so much so, he had convinced his teacher to make a detour to visit it.



We were treated to many demonstrations for blacksmithing, broom making, candle making, glassblowing, pottery, and spinning & weaving.  The glassblowing was a big draw and the blacksmith was very cool but a word to the wise - don't mess with the blacksmith!  He has rules and will cut the demonstration short if you don't follow them.  Luckily, the group of kids I had were polite and listened so we got to see the demonstration.

The kids were pretty surprised how much harder life was like at the turn of the century, even for the wealthier families.


The Western Reserve Historical Society faithfully reenacts and restores the past in vivid detail. Walking around the property, it is easy to forget that you are not in the past since there is no electricity and no planes flying overhead.


I also discovered that in August Hale Farm & Village hosts a Civil War Reenactment.  I have never been to a reenactment before and to be honest had no idea that there was one in Ohio.  On the field trip, however, one of the actors put the kids through army drills and a mini reenactment.  I imagine the real one is more intense.




Last fall, I took the kids to the Hale Farm and Village Harvest Festival, despite the weather we had a wonderful time!


Hayrides, apple picking, pumpkin painting, and so much more!  On this trip I discovered the Pint Size Garden which is a garden partnership with the Great Lakes Brewing Co.
“This 6,000 square-foot farm will parallel a true culinary experience and feature a scent garden, edible flower garden, intensive herb garden, pollinator garden, medicinal tea garden and crop rotation areas with Asian cucumbers, heirloom tomatoes, French filet green beans and more. The farm will use only biological and sustainable methods to create a place for education, enlightenment and natural entertainment,“ states Christine DeJesus.

Great Lakes Brewing Co. and Hale Farm and Village have a fantastic relationship and a wonderful example of the present working to preserve the future and preserve the past.

The beauty of this amazing place is awe inspiring, spring or fall and it is well worth the visit.

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