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.

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) 386-5997 for more information.

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

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) 386-5997 for details.

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

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) 386-5997 for more information.