Case Barlow Farm hosts Hudson Heritage Association May 8 meeting

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Case-Barlow Farm is the location for the May 8 general meeting of Hudson Heritage Association. Representatives from the Farm will present a program focused on the property's history, its rescue from development and its restoration to its current state as an education and cultural center. Attendees should note this meeting will begin 30 minutes earlier than usual and will start at 7 p.m. The farm is located at 1931 Barlow Road, Hudson.

Attendees should dress appropriately for possible wet ground and cool weather

Case-Barlow Farm has a rich history in the Western Reserve and has deep ties to some of Hudson's earliest pioneer families. Settled in 1814 by Chauncey and Cleopatra Case, the site eventually grew into a 483-acre farmstead. It passed through several generations of family ownership until the heirs donated the property to the First Congregational Church of Hudson in 1996. Recognizing the significant history of the property, the architectural importance of the buildings on the site and the opportunity to preserve an example of Hudson's agrarian past, a group organized that same year to create Case-Barlow Farm, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the property for future generations. Hudson Heritage Association was among the founding organizations that helped fund the non-profit.

Since then, extensive renovations have been made to the Greek Revival farmhouse, the adjacent bank barn, a carriage house and many outbuildings. Case-Barlow Farm is listed on the Ohio Historical Inventory, has received recognition from the Hudson Historical Society and is designated as an official Underground Railroad site by the Friends of Freedom Society. The farm will celebrate its 200th anniversary in June.

The Hudson Heritage Association meeting is free and open to the public. Parking for the May 8 meeting will be provided in the lot behind the Case-Barlow barn via the entrance to Barlow Farm Park. Attendees should dress appropriately for possible wet ground and cool weather. Following the presentations and tours, the meeting will conclude with refreshments. For more information, call 330-342-7996.

Founded in 1962, Hudson Heritage Association works to protect historic buildings, the village streetscape, and the city's Western Reserve architectural aesthetic. It encourages the preservation of historic buildings by providing research, resources and education to homeowners who wish to maintain their historic homes and co-sponsors the city's work with the Cleveland Restoration Society. HHA also works with building owners to help them meet historic marker requirements and identifies those buildings with the HHA historic marker.

For more information, visit www.hudsonheritage.org

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