Bald Eagle Closure in Effect Until July 31, 2014
Returning bald eagles are actively tending to last year's nest within the Pinery Narrows area in CVNP. To protect the eagles from human disturbance, the area surrounding the nest tree will be closed until July 31, 2014. More »
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR) Bridge Construction Closures
Rockside and Canal Visitor Center boarding sites will be closed through Apr 27. From Jan 18 - Mar 16, CVSR will operate between Akron Northside and Brecksville stations. From Mar 22 - Apr, CVSR will operate between Akron Northside and Peninsula. More »
Closure on Fishing Will Remain in Effect for Virginia Kendall Lake
Due to the government shutdown, we were unable to survey the fish community in VK Lake as scheduled. Our survey partners (ODNR) will not be able to get into the lake until early spring of 2014. Therefore, the closure on fishing will remain in effect. More »
Courtesy/Peninsula Library & Historical Society
Have you ever lived in a small town where you knew all your neighbors? Nestled deep within the valley, just south of the Village of Peninsula, Everett began as a small 1820s hamlet with less than ten residents. Landowner Alanson Swan owned horses and stables for Ohio & Erie Canal operations, a business that failed by the 1870s as canal traffic declined. In 1880, the Valley Railway connected Everett to outside villages, attracting more residents and visitors.
By century's end, Everett contained about 200 residents who farmed and lived self-sufficiently within the community. Railway passengers who visited Everett in the late 19th and early 20th centuries found a blacksmith, saloon, church, cemetery, dance hall, one-room schoolhouse, and Carter's General Store. The surrounding woods and wildflowers, vegetable gardens, shrubbery, and decorative flower beds added to the picturesque village scenery.
Click the links to the left to learn more about the close-knit Everett community during the early 20th century.
In the late 20th century, the National Park Service bought many properties in Everett as part of the establishment of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Decades later, former residents still express sadness over the loss of their family homes and sense of community.
Did You Know?
Early September is the time to watch monarchs feed in Cuyahoga Valley fields rich with goldenrod and New England aster. These places serve as important re-fueling sites for these long distance travelers on their way to oyamel forests near Mexico City more than 2,000 miles away.