Geauga County’s best kept secret is hidden in plain sight just off Burton’s Square. Century Village Museum invites you to join us in taking a step back in time and learning the history of our ancestors way of life.
75 years ago, Congresswoman Frances Bolton was visiting the Burton School admiring the local pieces of history that had been collected. She felt that the items didn’t have a permanent home and decided to do something about it!! She donated $15,000.00 which was used to purchase the Hickox home and 6 1/2 acres on the Southwest corner of Burton Square. The Congresswoman’s donation was the beginning of the Century Village we see today.
Interested in what someone’s home may have looked like the in 1800’s? Inside Century Village is the home of Thomas Umberfield, a quaint one room house where the Umberfield’s lived, worked, ate, and slept. Although the house is little, building it was no small task. Without the use of power tools we have today, Thomas cut down the trees to build his walls and roof and provided his family with somewhere to live. Everything from the floor to the roof needed to be made with just the tools and materials available.
Perhaps you are wondering where the Umberfield’s would go shopping for things they simply could not make at home. Look no further than the Bainbridge Store, where locals would go to purchase things like sugar, flour, and cheese. Maybe while they were there they would pick up their mail, or some tools for the farm, or perhaps material to make a new outfit.
On the grounds you will discover the Apothecary, Church, Library, Dress Maker Shop, B&O Caboose, School House, and period homes just to name a few. Join us for a tour every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between April 15 and November 15. Call us at (440)834-1492 for tour times or to schedule a tour that fits your needs.
Stop by and add your memories to those made here almost 200 year!!!!