• Photo of the Beaver Marsh by Jeffrey Gibson.

    Cuyahoga Valley

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  • Valley Picnic Area Park Lot CLosed - Plateau Trail Loop Affected

    Valley Picnic Area Parking Lot is closed for the replacement of the damaged culvert on the Plateau Trail, from dusk on Monday, September 22 to 5 p.m., Thursday, October 2, 2014. Access to Plateau Trail is via the Oak Hill Trailhead. Loop unavailable.

  • Other Closures

    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 »

Home Delivery

Standard Oil delivery truck

Delivery trucks brought milk, ice, food, oil (above), and other necessities to homes and businesses.

NPS Collection

During the 19th and early 20th centuries, Cuyahoga Valley families purchased goods through a large home-shopping network that brought dairy products, bread, fruits, vegetables, ice, coal, oil, and tea directly to their farmstead. From carts drawn by horses or cattle, delivery men sold most food items that a family needed to survive. The milk delivery business was especially competitive around the Cuyahoga Valley. In the morning, the milkman left a quart-sized bottle of milk, cottage cheese, and other requested dairy products outside the home's side door. To order more milk, the family left a note for the milkman outside in the empty bottles.

 
Oral history audio.

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

Milk Delivery (39 seconds)
A Shave and Tie for the Milkman (21 seconds)
Ott Wilson, who worked on Hale Farm in the 1930s, describes his father's milk delivery business and why his father always looked his best.


Did You Know?

Monarch Butterfly - US Fish and Wildlife Service Photo

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.