Farming Years at Western Reserve Academy Topic of HHA September Meeting

The September 11th meeting of the Hudson Heritage Association will look at an almost forgotten chapter of Hudson’s history: the Western Reserve Academy Farm, which operated from 1916 to 1953.


Western Reserve Academy Archivist Tom Vince will provide an overview of the WRA farm years, which included operation of the Evamere Farm and agricultural studies at the school. Evamere Farm was the estate of James Ellsworth, one of Hudson’s most noted benefactors. Evamere Farm was located along the…

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Case Barlow Farm Hosts Hudson Heritage Association for May Meeting


Case-Barlow Farm will be the location for the May 8 general meeting of Hudson Heritage Association. Representatives from the Farm will present a program focused on the property’s history, its rescue from development and its restoration to its current state as an education and cultural center. The Farm will celebrate its 200th anniversary in June.


Attendees should note this meeting will begin one-half hour earlier than usual and…

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“The Architectural Legacy of Lemuel and Simeon Porter”

“The Architectural Legacy of Lemuel and Simeon Porter” will be the featured topic at the April 10, 2014 meeting of the Hudson Heritage Association at the Barlow Community Center at 7:30PM. Tom Vince will present the program.


Lemuel Porter (1780-1829) and his son, Simeon Porter (1807-1871) were among the most prominent carpenter-builders and architects of the classic era in Western Reserve history. Lemuel came out to Tallmadge in 1818 with his young family and immediately became an important…

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Heritage Home Program Topic of March 13th Meeting

Representatives of the Cleveland Restoration Society will provide an update on the Heritage Home Program when Hudson Heritage Association holds its monthly meeting March 13. CRS’s Heritage Home Program has been available to Hudson residents since January 2013, offering a variety of services to owners of homes more than 50 years old.

CRS operates the program in a number of communities throughout Northeast Ohio as a way to help owners of older homes repair, maintain and preserve the historic features of their property while allowing…

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February 13th: A Higbees History

Our February speaker will be Cleveland author, Mr Jim Toman. Mr. Toman will be discussing his latest book on Cleveland area history, “A Higbees History: From Designer Labels to Casino Tables”.


James A. Toman was born in a southeast suburb of Cleveland. At an early age, he became fascinated with the city’s streetcars. With time, his interests broadened to encompass many aspects of Cleveland history. One result of that interest was his co-founding Cleveland Landmarks Press…

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Thu November 14, 2013: Engaging The Future with Craig Tallman, CEO and President of the Cuyahoga Valley Railroad

Hudson Heritage Association’s November 14th presentation is ”Engaging the Future” with Mr. Craig Tallman, CEO and President of Cuyahoga Valley Railroad. Mr. Tallman, a Hudsonite, will describe the history of CVSR with archival photos, telling how the railroad has grown over the years and addressing how, as a non-profit organization, it is preparing for the future.

Mr. Tallman will provide an overview of the history of the railroad, share archival photos and discuss how CVSR has grown over the years to become one of the…

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Hudson Heritage Pays Tribute To Don Reisig

Hudson Heritage Association will be honoring Don Reisig at our October 2013 meeting on Thursday, October 10th. Don has restored over 100 historic structures in the Ohio Western Reserve over the past 50 years, many of which are on the National Register today.


Don received his Journeymenship Certificate in carpentry and cabinetmaking in 1956. Don’s work as a General Contractor began in the mill work division of Forest City Lumber Co. While Don’s work is generally in the…

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Thomas Jefferson: An Architectural Revolutionary” at May 9th HHA Meeting

James C. Newman, a Hudson resident who teaches history at Hawken School, will be the featured speaker at the Hudson Heritage Association meeting on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at the Barlow Community Center at 7:30PM. His topic will be “Thomas Jefferson: an Architectural Revolutionary”. The meeting is open to the public.


Newman, who graduated from Western Reserve Academy in 1989, holds a B.A. from Gettysburg College and a master’s degree from Dartmouth. He taught history and English at…

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William Firestone, Author, will discuss Transformation of the Northwest Territory, Founding of the Ohio Country at April Meeting

Hudson Heritage Association will host author William Firestone at its monthly meeting April 11 when the Ohio native provides highlights from his recent book, “Grandeur and Grace in the Ohio Country: Building America from the Ground Up, 1786-1860.”

Firestone’s book focuses on the impact transplanted New England culture had on the character of the Northwest Territory and later, Ohio. His research centers on four building types – courthouses, inns and taverns, homes and churches – that served as the “building blocks” for the communities that…

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HHA partners with City of Hudson to sponsor the Heritage Home Program

New Cleveland Restoration Society Program offers technical assistance, financial aid to the owners of older homes in Hudson.


Hudson Heritage Association will host Jessica Ugarte on Thursday, March 14th 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at the Barlow Community Center, S. Oviatt St. She will be sharing information about the Heritage Home Program, sponsored by the Cleveland Restoration Society.

For the past 20 years, the Heritage Home Program (HHP) has helped owners of older homes in NE Ohio preserve their properties…

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