• Kendall Hills in summer bloom by Jeffrey Gibson

    Cuyahoga Valley

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  • Towpath Trail Closure

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

  • 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 »

  • Riverview Road Repaving

    Riverview Rd is being repaved from the Cuyahoga-Summit Cty line to Peninsula through Mon, 9/15. Road is open but there are still delays due to construction. Allow extra time. More »

Women on the Farm

Woman feeding chickens.

Courtesy/Bath Township Historical Society

More than farmers' wives, women in the Cuyahoga Valley have been integral to the functioning of family farms. Many have plowed fields alongside husbands and sons, or made cheese for the dairy operations.

More surprising, research has revealed that a few women ran (and run!) farms in their own right. Elizabeth Hynton, John Hynton's surviving spouse, lived in the Frazee House after 1861 and is listed as the farm's owner. Comparing her farm to others in the area, we find that her farm has more land in improved acreage than the average farm and produced 480 eggs and over 600 pounds of butter in a year!

Click here to read how Peggy Pittenger once ran a successful horse business on Quick Road, with assistance from her husband Tress.

Even today, the valley is home to farming women, including Laura DeYoung of The Spicy Lamb Farm. Visit Heritage Farms and you may find Carol Haramis hard at work on a tractor or among the growing the Christmas trees.

Did You Know?

Water lilies in beaver marsh area of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Photo by NPS volunteer John Catalano.

Beaver in Cuyahoga Valley National Park impounded water to create a rich, diverse wetland in an area that was once an automobile junk yard? The area is now home to herons, turtles, amphibians, beavers, muskrats, otters, and many aquatic plants.