Celebrate Westlake's history with book reading, activities

"The Little House" by Virginia Lee Burton will be read at the Oct. 15 Fall Festival to celebrate Westlake's own little Lilly Weston House (depicted beneath the book in a drawing by M. Kershner).

The Westlake Historical Society is trying something new this year. Join us at the Recreation Center’s Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 15, to celebrate a piece of Westlake’s history. We will have an area at the Festival which will include a coloring contest, readings of “The Little House” by Virginia Lee Burton, photo opportunities, a display about Westlake's own “little house” (the Lilly Weston house), and an activity for adults too!

Children's librarians from Westlake Porter Public Library will do a reading of that classic children’s book at 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. Coloring contest winners each hour will receive a copy of the book. For those not familiar with the story, it is about a little house that is built way out in the country during the 1800s. The house and its occupants have an idyllic existence until a road leading to a big city is improved next to it and the big city grows up around it. The house is eventually abandoned until a great, great grandchild of the original builder buys the house and moves it back into the country.

While there are no plans to move the Lilly Weston house, it was once abandoned and it was saved by a descendant of one of its early owners and given to the city. Now we are trying to bring new life to the house and make it part of the community. Luckily it is right next to the Recreation Center and there is enough open land around it that it can still have an idyllic existence right where it is. A structural analysis of the house will soon be underway and we hope to have it open for tours by next fall.

William Krause

William R. Krause, AICP I am the Assistant Planning Director for the City of Westlake. I have worked for Westlake for 28 years. I served on the Bay Village Planning Commission for 5 years. I was a member of the Reuben Osborn Learning Center Steering Committee. I am a Board Member and Historian for the Westlake Historical Society and a Trustee of the Western Reserve Architectural Historians. I have been married to Debra for 35 years and am the father of three grown children, grandfather of two and owner of two Shih Tzu's.

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Volume 8, Issue 19, Posted 9:01 AM, 10.04.2016