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Last week's photo was of the old walkway at Hudson Springs Park leading up to the rack of canoes. You now walk on a little bridge and look down at this if you head counter-clockwise around the lake. According to Ann Briechle, who has explored the area with her grandchildren, it is a great place for tadpoles, the insects known as "Skates," and general exploring in the water.
Now for a bit of Hudson history. It was 200 years ago this summer that Chauncey Case, his pregnant wife Cleopatra and their five children made the six-week journey from Connecticut to Hudson, with their cow following the wagon. The Case-Barlow farmhouse, 1931 Barlow Road, is thought to be the oldest brick house west of Pittsburgh. Chauncey built the house from bricks made in a kiln on his farm, living with his family in a log cabin on the property while the bricks were fired. The site eventually grew into a 483-acre farmstead, and was operated as a dairy farm by six generations of family until the heirs donated the property to the First Congregational Church of Hudson in 1996.
Recognizing the significant history of the property, the group Case Barlow Farm Inc. organized that same year, dedicated to preserving the property for future generations and fostering an appreciation of the spirit and heritage of its builders. Case-Barlow Farm is listed on the Ohio Historical Inventory and has received recognition from the Hudson Historical Society. It also is designated as an official Underground Railroad site by the Friends of Freedom Society.
There are two upcoming opportunities to explore this exciting piece of Hudson's history and see the extensive renovations that have been made to the Greek Revival farmhouse, the adjacent bank barn, a carriage house and many outbuildings.
The Hudson Heritage Association is holding its meeting at the Case Barlow Farmhouse May 8 at 7 p.m. The meeting is free and open to the public. It is featuring presentations, tours and refreshments. For more information, call 330-352-7996.
There will be a major Celebration of 200 Years on the Farm, June 8. All parts of the celebration will give attendees an idea of what life was like in Hudson in 1814. It will include a pig roast, beer tasting, music, a mini-pow wow by the Native American and Veterans Center, tours and crafts for children.
For details, visit www.casebarlowfarm.com.