Where's Dover the Bicentennial Bear?
This month, Dover Bear wanted to get more information about the plans being made to construct a Bicentennial Founders Walk. This special pathway made up of engraved bricks is to commemorate the community’s Bicentennial anniversary.
Dover headed directly across the street from the Clague House Museum to Clague Park. Dover wanted to see the Clague Memorial Monument, as well as where the Founders Walk will be located in the park.
Two of the Clague children, Walter and Sophronia, donated their former farm to the village of Dover in 1926. Three years later a monument was dedicated across from the Clague House. Dover was very interested in what was inscribed on the memorial monument. It read: "Forty years ago Walter Clague desired to donate his property for a park when the opportune time came. This desire was realized on Sat., Oct. 9, 1926, when Dover Village accepted the 78 acres on Clague Rd. for park purposes, which park to be called Clague Memorial Park, both name and park for all time."
Last fall when the Red Brick School was demolished by the Westlake City Schools, the city decided to purchase 4,500 souvenir bricks. Dover wants to let everyone know that you can purchase a brick with your message engraved for only $60.00. His friends at the Westlake Historical Society have a special link on their homepage at westlakeohiohistory.org to order your own "personalized" brick.
They will also be at the Crocker Park Farmers Market on the first Saturdays of June and July. A portion of the brick sales will go toward preservation materials for the museum and for the Clague Kids program for children.
Dover was also interested to learn that the walk will be about 100 feet long, and include a 20-by-30-foot patio area. Trees and benches will also be placed along the path. Larger engraved stones will be used to commemorate some of Westlake's prominent past residents. Dover Bear has already purchased his brick from the Westlake Historical Society website. He looks forward to being a part of Westlake history.
Lysa Stanton is President of the Westlake Historical Society.