Please consider volunteering with the Bay Village Historical Society.

Anyone may volunteer to help the Bay Village Historical Society. You do not necessarily need to be a member to assist.

What is a volunteer? What is the value of volunteering? Is volunteering about money? Should we measure it that way? Most people would say no. Volunteering is not about money. Volunteering is about giving, contributing, and helping other individuals and the community at large. It is working with others to make a meaningful contribution to a better community.

People volunteer for an endless variety of reasons. Many people want to gain experience, acquire new skills, meet new people, or expand their network of contacts as a way to get a new job or start a career. Others just want to give back to their community, to help a friend or promote a worthwhile activity. They do it because it makes them feel good. It gives them what some people refer to as a “private smile.”

There are a number of ways to help. Maybe you like gardening. Come over to the museums and pull weeds or trim shrubs.

Maybe you like data entry. We have tons of documents that need to be scanned and put into an online database. Maybe you would like to help inside the museum, cleaning or dusting or helping to put up displays. We can always use your help.

Contact the society by calling (216) 319-4634 or email info@bayhistorical.com.

Thank you in advance for any and all assistance you may be able to provide.


The Bay Village Historical Society always needs your donations

The Bay Village Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run by volunteers. Since membership dues only pay a small portion of the society’s total operational expenses, monetary gifts are strongly encouraged.

These donations, large and small, help the society maintain the museums and collections, provide services to the public and continue its educational efforts. Your donation builds a foundation of support – meaning your gift will be used where it is needed most.

Your financial support will help the society provide services, special events as well as new and engaging exhibits that will promote appreciation for the diverse history of Bay Village and Dover Township.

Please consider making an “investment” to keep Bay Village’s past alive and to help preserve our future. Remember, the Bay Village Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and eligible for employer matching funds.

Also, if you believe you have an item of historical or cultural significance that you would consider donating to the society, please reach out. We are always looking for items that have local history behind them, or which would help the society tell the story of the early settlers of the region. There’s no item, big or small, that we will not consider.

Please contact the Bay Village Historical Society by calling (216) 319-4634 or emailing info@bayhistorical.com for more information on donating.

Thank you in advance for any and all support you provide.


You are invited and encouraged to join the Bay Village Historical Society.

Members enjoy quarterly potluck suppers at the Bay Lodge, which feature interesting and informative speakers, as well as a quarterly newsletter.

Members also may volunteer to help the society in numerous ways, from staffing the Rose Hill Museum or Cahoon memorial cabin during visiting hours to helping out at the potluck suppers.

You may pay your dues directly through PayPal below, or you may download and print a membership application form by clicking on the link “Membership Application” below.

Membership in the society runs from June 1 through May 31. A dues-payment reminder will be sent to you in mid-April each year.

Click HERE to download a membership application form.

One-year membership

Gift Shop


Bay Hat

One size fits all. Color: Navy.

Bay Beanie

One size fits all. Color: Navy.


The series of ornaments, or medallions, offered by the Bay Village Historical Society was created to memorialize and honor the historic structures found throughout the city (many of which, sadly, are now gone or are fading into history).

The beautiful ornaments are Cloisonne enameled metal featuring rich detail and colors.

Ornaments are individually priced (see order form), which includes tax and shipping.
info@bayhistorical.com or call (216) 319-4634 for information.

Rose Hill Museum

Rose Hill Museum.
Cahoon family homestead.

Reuben Osborn House

Reuben Osborn Homestead.
Now the Osborn Learning Center.

Community House

Community House.
Formerly the Cahoon barn.

Huntington Tower

Huntington Water Tower.

Cahoon Store

Cahoon Store on Dover.
Replaced by CVS drug store.

Nickel Plate Station

Dover Train Station.
Now located on Bay Arts campus.

Parkview High

Parkview High School.
Replaced with current middle school.

Lawrence Estate

Lawrence Estate.
Currently Cashelmara Condos.

City Hall

City Hall.

Castle Garden

Castle Garden.

Cahoon Log Cabin

Cahoon Log Cabin.

Wischmeyer Hotel

Wischmeyer Hotel.

Methodist Church

Methodist Church.

Huntington Playhouse

Huntington Playhouse.
Formerly the Huntington barn.

Presbyterian Church

Presbyterian Church.

Bicentennial Cupola

Bicentennial Cupola.


Bay Village: A Way of Life

In 1971, my sister, Gay Menning, and I along with the Bay Village Historical Society, co-wrote the first written history of Bay Village, Ohio. “Bay Village: A Way of Life” was delivered just in time for Christmas, 1974. It is already into its second printing. Today, this book is the Bible of Bay Village history. $25.00

Rose Hill Recipes Cookbook

The Bay Village Historical Society has compiled an appetizing and exciting cookbook full of creative and delicious cuisine. Included in the book are many recipes from the founding families of the city, including the Cahoons and others. $12.00

Call (216) 319-4634 for details.

Images of America: Bay Village

Tucked away in the northeast corner of Cuyahoga County, Bay Village lies just outside Cleveland. The first settlers arrived around 1810 during the nation’s westward expansion. The village was primarily agrarian in the beginning, home to many vineyards. By the end of the 1800s, the Industrial Revolution had gained momentum, and in 1896, an electric railway was built through the city, running from Cleveland to Toledo. Bay Village evolved from a fishing and farming hamlet into a retreat and resort area for some of Cleveland’s wealthiest families. Many of their summer cottages still stand today as refurbished family homes. This book explores this community’s rich history through vintage images from the Bay Village Historical Society and the Bay Village Library.

The late Virginia L. Peterson was a trustee of the Bay Village Historical Society and worked with it to organize tours of century homes and to create videos and lectures on Bay Village history. The late Sally Irwin Price, founder of Baycrafters, was a member of the Bay Village Historical Society and was very involved in saving a century home from demolition by having it moved by barge on Lake Erie to be relocated in Huntington Park in the Cleveland Metroparks. 128 pages, 240 photographs. $26.00

This History of Lakeside Cemetery

Retracing Footsteps: This History of Lakeside Cemetery

This book of nearly 400 pages, containing more than 350 photographs, is a fascinating compilation of family notes, newspaper articles, letters, historical sketches, recipes, vital records, two autobiographies and much more. Ten years of research went into uncovering information about more than 270 individuals who are associated with the Lakeside Cemetery.

Established in 1814, the cemetery was the first burial ground in Dover Township which now encompasses Bay Village, Westlake and the northern section of North Olmsted. Most burials occurred from 1814 into the mid 1900s. The individuals buried in the cemetery lived in areas from Cleveland to Lorain. Even those unfamiliar with Lakeview Cemetery will find this unparalleled resource an interesting and educational portrayal of life over the last two centuries in northern Ohio. $28.00

Call (216) 319-4634 for more information.

Bassett Road Century Homes

Bassett Road Century Homes booklet
Researched and written by: William Krause and Dean Brennan

The book describes the historic homes along Bassett Road that played an integral part of the story that is Bay Village. The book includes the story of Nathaniel Bassett, pictures and histories from behind the facades of the homes on Bassett Road. In addition there is a location map of all the houses.

You may purchase this booklet at the Rose Hill Museum gift shop or at BAYarts, 28795 Lake Rd. $5.00

For more information call (440) 725-3159.


Bicentennial Coffee Mug

2010 coffee mug. $2.00

Commemorative Coffee Mug

Rose Hill design. $5.00

10″ Commemorative Plate

Large Rose Hill design. $40.00

6″ Commemorative Plate

Small Rose Hill design. $10.00


Rose Hill Note Cards

Beautiful note cards featuring a pen-and-ink rendering of the Rose Hill Museum and Library are now available for purchase. The cards are made of thick, high-quality paper; the inside is blank. $15.00/dz

Call (216) 319-4634 for more information.

Community House

The Bay Village Historical Society is offering limited-edition prints of the Cahoon family barn, built in 1882 and now Bay Village’s Community House.

The artwork was created by world reknown artist Thomas William Jones, a 1960 graduate of Bay High School. Jones graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art. His work has been included in many exhibitions, including the National Academy of Design, Butler Institute of American Art, Seattle’s Frye Art Museum, as well as private and corporate collections worldwide.

Jones’ reputation and mastery in watercolor has earned him acclaim at the highest levels, including the White House, where he was commissioned by former President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan to paint their 1985 through 1998 Christmas cards.

Only 295 signed and numbered prints were offered, and most have been purchased; a few remain. The image is 12 1/2″ by 16 1/2″; the overall size is 18″ by 22″. They are printed on archival paper using 12 separate ink colors. Prints are packed with foam board backing in a sealed, clear bag.

These limited-edition prints are only $85.00 each.

The original artwork is also being offered by the Bay Village Historical Society. The price is $22,000, with $11,000 of that going to the society for its bicentennial efforts. Much of the purchase price may be tax deductible.

For more information call the Bay Village Historical Society at (440) 871-7879 or email info@bayhistorical.com.

Bay Middle School

Pen and ink print by Bay Middle School Art teacher Ruth Purdy. 11 Available.


Handmade Rug 1

Handmade by BHS staff on our own loom. All rugs are different. Sizes: 30" x 54-59". Custom lengths available.

Handmade Rug 2

Handmade by BHS staff on our own loom. All rugs are different. Sizes: 30" x 54-59". Custom lengths available.