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Strongsville Society of Model Railroad Engineers

May through August

Walk-in tours will be available the 1st Wednesday and 3rd Saturday each month.  Two check-in times:  10:00 am and noon.  Maximum 6 guests per tour.  No reservations needed.

Group tours available by reservation, on days other than walk-in tour dates.  Call Valerie at (330) 952-1095.

Located at 13305 Pearl Road, entrance on Zverina Rd.  For more information call (440) 572-0057

TOURS:  $5 adults, $3 Children 6 to 10 years old, 5 and under FREE.  Cash only.

The General Store will be open for shopping at the beginning and briefly after the tour.

Down by the Old Mill Stream Run
Cleveland Metroparks Historian, Judy MacKeigan
May Program- Tuesday, May 23rd, 7pm, Strongsville Branch Library

Among the many features of Mill Stream Run Reservation are the first refrigerated toboggan chutes in the United States, old quarry lands turned into lakes, and Camp Cheerful, where people of all abilities can experience the joy of summer camp. Learn about this reservation and its long and interesting history.

This program is presented by the Strongsville Historical Society in partnership with the Strongsville Branch Library. Registration is requested. Register by calling (440) 238-5530 or go online at 

Star Signing for Fallen Soldiers - Saturday May 20th and May 27th, noon to 2:00 pm

Planning ahead for our Memorial Day Open House on Monday May 29th from noon to 2:00 pm, please stop by our Lathrop house at the Historical Village on Saturday May 20th or Saturday May 27th between noon and 2:00 pm to write the names of fallen soldiers on stars that will be displayed on three evergreen trees on our Lathrop house porch on Memorial Day. Visitors during that Open House will have the opportunity to walk around the trees to read the names of our fallen soldiers with ties to someone in Strongsville.

​Memorial Day Open House - Monday May 29th 12:00 to 2:00 pm

Following the parade and ceremony at the Freedom Trail gazebo to honor our fallen soldiers on Memorial Day, the Historic Village will be hosting an open house!  All of the buildings will be open for viewing.  Visit our military display in the basement of the Chapman house.  Look at the incredible model train display that occupies the entire basement of the Baldwin house.  There will be patriotic crafts for children to complete during their visit.  Visit the Lathrop house where there will be three evergreen trees on display and you have an opportunity to honor a fallen soldier by writing their name on a gold star that can be hung on one of the trees in tribute.  Are you interested in volunteering to help staff this event?  Click here to sign up.

Annual Yard and Antique Sale - Thursday June 22 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and Friday June 23rd from 9:00 am to noon.

There will be a wide variety of items in the yard sale from the many generous donations we receive to help us raise funds for our operations.

Additionally, we will have a Collector's Corner where antiques will be for sale that were donated for us to sell to raise funds for our operations, or that we de-accessioned from our collection as our needs change over time. Our antiques will be priced to sell, dealers welcome!

The Olds General Store and gift shop is available by appointment, please call 440-879-1092 for details.  This is the only place where you can buy Strongsville pottery.  Choose from a wide selection at many price points - mugs, soup bowls, flower pots, vases, small plates, quart jars, and more!

All proceeds go towards maintenance of the historic village.

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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 

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Cub Scout Pack 157

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Historical Society Membership

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Click on the About Us menu item above, and you will find all of the information you need to become a member of the Strongsville Historical Society.  Join today, we would love to have you!

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 Scott Maloney, President, at or 440-476-3104.

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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!


     As a way to connect with the youth in our community and to connect future generations with the history of Strongsville, the Strongsville Historical Society has become the sponsor for Cub Scout Pack 157!  Our organization is looking forward to working with these scouts and their families and providing opportunities for them to get involved with community service by helping out with various projects and activities at the historical village throughout each year.

If you would like to connect with Pack 157 and learn more about them, click here to visit their Facebook page.​