• Photo of the Beaver Marsh by Jeffrey Gibson.

    Cuyahoga Valley

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    Towpath Trail is closed from Mustill Store to Memorial Parkway for riverbank reinforcement. Detours posted. Closure will last 1 - 4 weeks into August. More »

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    Valley Bridle Trail south of SR 303, across from golf course, is collapsed by river. Hard closure. Plateau Trail Bridge, north of Valley Picnic Area is closed. No detours. Plateau & Oak Hill trails are open. More »

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Going to School

In the 1930s and 40s, with limited bus transportation in the Cuyahoga Valley, many students walked or shared a ride to school. The roads were unpaved; dirt and snow made walking or driving slow and messy. Nevertheless, most children enjoyed learning and making use of the school playground.

Click to hear stories about the one-room school house in Everett, or find other stories below.

 
Students in front of Ghent schoolhouse, Bath.
Students and teacher in front of Ghent schoolhouse, Bath Township, 1911.
Courtesy/Bath Township Historical Society
 
Oral history audio.

In Their Own Words
Click the topics to hear stories about Cuyahoga Valley life.
Click here to read the text file.

Walking to School (1 minute 6 seconds)
Willis Meyers, from Cuyahoga Falls, describes his trips to school, his one-room school house, and his part-time job as a school janitor.

Playground (45 seconds)
Pat Morse talks about games she and fellow students played at their elementary school in Bath.

Unusual Places to Study (52 seconds)
Carol Haramis, of Heritage Farms in Peninsula, describes how she did her homework outside in her favorite places.


Did You Know?

Historic photo of canal boats along the Ohio & Erie Canal.

The Ohio & Erie Canal, which runs through Cuyahoga Valley National Park, was a 308-mile waterway connecting Lake Erie to the Ohio River. This transportation route, which influenced local and national prosperity, was dug entirely by hand by mostly German and Irish immigrants.