'Settling In' exhibit at Rose Hill Museum brings history home

“Settling In,” the opening exhibit for 2013 at Rose Hill Museum in Bay Village, brings the story of the Cahoon family home for history lovers.

After eight years of living in a tiny, one-room cabin with a loft, the Cahoon family finally moved into their house on the rose-covered hill overlooking Lake Erie in 1818. Wooden crates and trunks were carried by the family into their new home, where they began the task of unpacking.

The Cahoon family collected many more possessions over the course of the next 99 years. Ida Cahoon, the last heir, died in 1917 and followed the family’s wish to leave the home and all of its contents in trust to the citizens of Bay Village.

Everyone is invited to the museum on Sundays from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., beginning April 14, to learn the story of Dover Township’s first settlers and to see the legacy that they left to area residents. Museum admission is free.

Also on display at Rose Hill Museum is a secondary display titled, “A Reverence for Wood.” Wandering through the museum, visitors will see many fine, hand-carved wooden artifacts. Carving and whittling are highly skilled crafts, not used so much these days.

The exhibit of wooden toys and artifacts is created by Rose Hill Museum Director Janet Zvara with reference taken from the book “A Reverence for Wood” by author Eric Sloane. Rose Hill Museum is at 27715 Lake Rd. in Bay Village. Phone 440-871-7338.

Visitors to Rose Hill Museum are invited to join the Bay Village Historical Society. Membership cost is minimal and includes educational and entertaining lectures and four annual potluck dinners. The historical society sponsors two annual fundraisers, including the spring Victorian Tea on April 27 and the “Cahoon in June” antiques and crafts fair in Cahoon Memorial Park on June 15.

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 10:41 AM, 04.02.2013