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

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