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You may not know that the Historical Village has had a well hidden gem in the basement of the Baldwin house for many, many years. This is the home of the Strongsville Society of Model Railroad Engineers! This club of model railroad enthusiasts has built an unbelievable HO scale train layout that spans almost the entire basement of the building.
This display is formally open to the public in September each year as part of the Annual Harvest Festival, but club members meet almost every Saturday morning to run their trains or to work on their latest project. The layout is always evolving. They love to talk about their hobby with other model railroad enthusiasts, so take the time to stop by some Saturday morning and check out their creation! The entrance to the basement is through bulk head doors on the Northeast corner of the building. If you see those doors up and in the open position, you can walk down the stairs and knock on the door.
Ron Spiga is the club president and you can reach him at email@example.com
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The Strongsville Historical Society is looking for a volunteer to handle building maintenance. The individual should have some skills and experience with basic carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and general maintenance. In addition, it would help to have contacts with local contractors who can provide more complex repairs.
If you have additional questions or have an interest, please contact Ruth Brickley, President, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 440-572- 0535.
The Historical Society won first place in the parade float contest in the 2018 Strongsville Homecoming Days parade! Way to go! Please send us a picture of the float in the parade if you have one, we'd love to put it on our site!
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10 points of interest have been marked by QR codes around the Historical Village. Download a free QR scanner on your smartphone or find them using this paper. See if you can find them all!
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Winter Wonderland Lighting on the Commons - kick of the holiday season with the Strongsville Historical Society! We will be participating in the “Winter Wonderland Lighting on the Commons” on Sunday, November 18, 2018. Our Historic Buildings will be open from 5:30pm to 8:00pm and beautifully decorated for the holidays. Also, the Holiday Shop located in the Lathrop House and the Olds General Store will both be open during this time. Please take advantage of this special time to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season. Call 440-572-0057 for more details.
Christmas Teas - have tea in the beautifully restored Lathrop House in the Strongsville Historic Village. Enjoy tantalizing teas, sumptuous sandwiches, designer desserts, boutique baskets and engaging entertainment completing this year’s holiday theme. Tickets are $25 per person. Peruse the Historic Village that is decked out in Christmas décor. Parking is free. Call (440) 572-4967 for reservations.
The gift of an Olde Fashioned Christmas is waiting for you in the Strongsville Historic Village. The eight buildings and the grounds in the Village will be beautifully decorated for the holidays. Tell Santa your wishes in the Chapman House, view the Model Railroad display in the basement of the Baldwin House, make a gingerbread house guided by Girl Scouts on Saturday, December 8th, and Sunday, December 9th in the Lathrop House Great Room, buy some presents at the Olds General Store, enjoy Mrs. Claus’ refreshments in the Baldwin House, and more! Free parking is provided. Call 440- 572-0057 for information. This is a free event but donations are delightfully welcome.
Strongsville Historical Society
PRESERVING AND INTERPRETING THE HISTORY, SIGNIFICANCE AND TRADITIONS OF THE STRONGSVILLE AREA