Geauga County Historical Society 75th Anniversary Celebration

On Saturday, May 27, 2017, at 5:00 p.m., the Geauga County Historical Society will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of Century Village Museum in Burton, Ohio, its recreation of an early settlement on the Western Reserve of Ohio.  The ceremony will take place at the Eleazer Hickox House on the grounds of Century Village.  The event will recognize the individuals and families responsible for physically establishing the museum in 1942.

Even though the Society predates the creation of Century Village Museum by many years, it was not until Frances Payne Bolton generously purchased the first land and buildings and then donated that same property that the museum became a real place to visit and learn about the history of Geauga County.  The instrumental efforts of Mrs. Lottie Fox in the creation of the village will also be highlighted.  The museum has since grown to almost two dozen historic buildings, many staged as the homes and the businesses of the early settlers of the area.

The Society invites you to attend this free celebration.  However, reservations are required.  Please RSVP by May 15, 2017, giving the number of people who will be attending.  Call 440-834-1492 or e-mail to make your reservation.  Short talks will be given and light refreshment will be served.  It is noted that this event will take place at the close of the day’s activities associated with the 2017 Civil War Encampment, also held at the museum that weekend, so you may wish to attend both activities.


GCHS Press Release 2017-006