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Cahoon Christmas 2023 Information

Rose Hill Museum Holiday Festivities

The museum is beautifully decorated, the tree is lit in the Cahoon Memorial Gazebo and costumed docents await your arrival.

The Rose Hill Museum has extended holiday hours: Sundays from 2-4:30pm (Dec 10th & 17th) and Wednesdays from 4-7pm (Dec 13th & 20th).

This SUNDAY, DEC 10TH, 2-4 p.m.
Bring your whole family for a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus inside Rose Hill Museum. Reserve a timeslot by clicking below. $20 donation requested; $25 on Sun.

Historic Christmas displays, including vintage clothing and the White House Christmas cards designed by artist and Bay Village native Thomas William Jones.

Nutcracker scavenger hunt!
Our littlest visitors will have fun searching the museum for hidden Nutcrackers. Upon completion they will receive a yummy candy cane.

Musical performances:
the Bay Middle 7th Grade Orchestra (Dec 10th at 3pm), the Bay High String Quartet (Dec 13th at 4:15pm) and flutist Rachel Boettler (Dec 13th from 6-7 pm & at 4:30pm. on Dec 20th.)

Spinning & Weaving demonstrations on an 1830s loom with handmade items available for purchase!

NEW model of the Cahoon family gristmill with running water.

Historical Society Gift Shop the perfect way to get some holiday shopping done!

Follow link below for available times. Please indicate your preference by typing in your name, email address, and phone number. Walk-ups are also welcome. The cost is $20 in advance via PayPal, or $25 on the day of the event, payable by cash or check made out to the “Bay Village Historical Society.” Photos will be emailed to you shortly after the event.

Sign Up for Santa Claus photos by clicking here

Bicentennial (2010)

Bay Village celebrated its bicentennial in 2010. The official date of Bay Village’s bicentennial was October 10, 2010. It was referred to as 10.10.10.

Westerly Parade
Bicentennial (2010):Bay Village celebrated its bicentennial in 2010. The official date of Bay Village’s bicentennial was October 10, 2010. It was referred to as...
Olde Time Base Ball
Olde Time Base Ball Game To help celebrate the bicentennial of the arrival of the Cahoon family in 1810, a huge celebration was held throughout the city, and part...
A Day Full of Fun
The big weekend of 10.10.10 found Cahoon Memorial Park the center of attention: Contests, food, entertainers, concerts, dances, historic city tours, Lakeside...
Parade Down Lake Road
The bicentennial parade took place on Sunday 10.10.10 at 2 p.m. and ended in Cahoon Memorial Park where folks viewed the parade floats up close and enjoyed a...
Bicentennial Ceremony
There was a celebrity-packed presentation about Bay’s history and the city’s birthday cake was enjoyed while watching the lighting of Bay’s new cupola on top of the ...
Firework Finale
All of this finalized with a fireworks display at dark on 10.10.10! Thanks to the bicentennial committee of Evelyn Allen, Dave Tadych, Carole Roske and Tom Phillips ...

Cahoon Christmas (2016)

Santa Visit 2016
Santa Claus visited Bay Village on December 4, 2016. He toured the city via fire truck and met with children at the Community...
Choraleers 2016
Singers from the Bay High Choraleers joined Santa in wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. Singing favorites like Jingle Bells and...
Santa's Lap 2016
Santa Claus greeted children young and old. He asked them for gift ideas and whether they had been naughty or...
Night Before 2016
Preston Postel appeared in costume to read a well-known, classic poem called "The Night Before...


The Floating Fuller House
The Irene Lawrence Fuller house was once located on the site next to the Washington Lawrence Mansion (now Cashelmara Condominiums). The house was moved from its...
Sam Sheppard
Will Krause provided an in-depth look at the brutal murder of Marilyn Sheppard at the Sheppard home at 28944 Lake Road in Bay Village on July 4, 1954. Sam, her...
City Hall 100
November 3, 1914 the actual first Council meeting was held in the Bay Village City Hall Council Chambers. November 3, 2014 fell on a Monday, and the Council meeting ...
“An Evening at Downton Abbey”
“An Evening at Downton Abbey” was a fundraiser fashioned after the popular television series of the same name running for six seasons commencing in 2011. The series ...
Civil War presentation
Civil War presentation, “Ohio's Unsung Heroines, Women in the Civil War” was featured at the general meeting on Thursday, November 20th. 2014 at the Community...
New Boat Launched At Huntington Beach
by Ed Neal A new boat that took seventy years to come to life is joining the downtown Cleveland waterfront.  Launched Sept 27 at Huntington Beach LITTLE HENRY will ...
Cahoon Christmas 2022
Sunday, December 4, 2022 • 2:00 – 4:00pm: 11th annual visit and tour of Bay Village by Santa and Mrs. Claus. See the map above for details. • 3:00pm: Preston...
Moving the Osborn house
The Reuben and Sarah Osborn House was originally located at 29202 Lake Road, west of Lakeside cemetery. Reuben Osborn arrived in Dover on the afternoon of Oct. 10,...

Membership Meetings

Potluck dinner meetings are held four times a year and feature a speaker. Admission is free for members of the Bay Village Historical Society. Non members pay $10.
Past speakers include:
February – Matter of the Heart, a History of Courtship
May – One woman presentation on Dorothy Fuldheim
September – Mid 19th Century Cuisine, by Angie George
November – East Fourth Street; the Rise, Decline, and Rebirth of an Urban Cleveland Street, by Alan Dutka
February – History of the American Shipbuilding Company, by Matthew Weisman
May – Past, Present and Future of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens, by Lori Ashyk, Executive Director
September – The Lake Erie World of Henry Wischmeyer, by Ed Neal, Executive Director of Cleveland Amateur Boatbuilding and Boaters Society
November – To Be Announced

Porch Talks

Our Porch Talk series are informal talks on various historical subjects held at the Osborn Learning Center
during the summer months. Bring a folding lawn chair and learn about a topic from our local history. Past Porch Talks included topics such as:
June – Eliot Ness, the Director of Cleveland’s Public Safety
July – The Fuller House by Robert Corna
August – Buckeye by Beryl Prusimosit


Our walk/hike to explore Bay Village’s westside begins at Rose Hill! It was there where the Cahoon family came to settle in “one of the most beautiful places in America” in Joseph’s words. We walk on along Lake Road toward the west where the Porters and Osborn Families settled. On our walk, we return to Rose Hill and walk south down Dover Center Road and into the late 1800s and early 1900s. We pass some of our iconic buildings…an early gas station, a car dealership, a post office, a grocery store, a hair salon and city hall, proudly engraved with Village of Bay 1903! We finish walking by our Bay Boat Club aka the Bay Village Yacht Club, for a few chuckles. What a legacy of family commitment, hard work, dedication to community and a general love of life our predecessors have left us that is our greatest treasure!
Our eastern historic homes hike beginning on Lake Road features the 1860s Spencer House, a beautiful Victorian Italianate. We pass the Dexter Tuttle House, 1845, a typical American Colonial that began as a one-room house. We continue east on Lake Road and south to view some of our classic Sears homes in town. These homes were built in the early 1900’s, and were prefabricated homes ordered through the Sears-Roebuck mail-order Modern Homes program. At the end of our walk, we walk to Cashelmara, the city’s only “mansion” built by Washington H. Lawrence in 1899.
Several homeowners generally speak to our tour about their homes and their own families’ experiences living in these treasured places.


A Nod To The Past
2022 “A Nod To The Past” highlighted organizations and memorable moments in Bay Village. Displays included early school memorabilia with a nod to the first...
Beadwork: Beauty of Small Things
2023 "Beadwork: The Beauty of Small Things" Beadwork was the focus expressed through clothing and accessories. The library featured a display of purses, small...