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Stanford House

The George Stanford House is located on a rural section of Stanford Road, just north of the small village of Boston. It enjoys a commanding view of the Cuyahoga River and the adjacent Ohio & Erie Canal. James Stanford settled the property in 1806, and served in several township offices. He was a member of the original surveyors of Boston Township before deciding to move his family to the area. James' son George Stanford built the large farmhouse that still stands today.

 
Stanford Hostel.
©Denny Reiser
 
Stanford Barn.

Stanford Barn.

©Denny Reiser

On the Stanford farm during the late 19th century, George and his son, George C. Stanford, worked in close harmony, expanding their operation to include not only the cultivation of crops, but also dairying and lumbering. Both George and his son were also very active in local politics, serving many positions in public office, including Justice of the Peace. After his father's death in 1883, George C. Stanford inherited the farm and continued to raise wheat, cattle, and sheep.

Click to read a first-hand account of life on the Stanford Farm in the 1920s.


George C. Stanford's daughter Ellen eventually passed the farm along to her nephew, Ernest Dickenson. Rena Fiedler, lifelong valley resident, remembers growing up on her grandfather Ernest's farm. Click the link below to hear Rena talk about life on the Stanford Farm in the 1930s.

 
Oral history audio.

In Their Own Words
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Life on the Stanford Farm (1 minute 4 seconds)
Rena Fiedler, whose grandparents owned the Stanford Farm, recalls the products her grandfather raised and what the property looked like in the 1930s.



In recent years, the Stanford House joined the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. After several renovations, the Stanford House has since served as lodging for visitors. Click to plan your stay at the Stanford House.

Did You Know?

Dragonfly image by NPS volunteer John Catalano.

Dragonflies and damselflies look almost alike while flying. However, if you wait until they land, dragonflies lay their wings to the side while damselflies lay them back and above their bodies.