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Willoughby Hills Historical Society, Inc.

Historical IndianThe Mission of the Willoughby Hills Historical Society is to discover and preserve the historic resources of Willoughby Hills and Willoughby Township, and to encourage a preservation ethic in our community.

The Willoughby Hills Historical Society was founded in March of 1988 and was certified as a Not-For-Profit Corporation on May 23, 1988.

It collects, preserves and displays or otherwise provides for study as far as may be feasible of printed material, photographs, and material objects illustrative of life, conditions, events and activities of the past.

The Society meets on the fourth Wednesday of the odd numbered months in the lower level of the Community Building in the "Historical Society Room" and our newsletter, REFLECTIONS, listing our program for the meeting, is sent to our members the week before the meeting.

Individual memberships are $5/yr. or $100 for life membership.  Family memberships are $7.50/yr. or $150 for life membership.  Click here for membership application.

For more information or a membership application, contact Frank or Mary Cihula at (440) 946-5557 or e‑mail at whhs-oh@att.net.

Meeting/Program Schedule for 2017:

January 25, 2017, 7:00 PM        Last Stop Willoughby, from the TV program
                                                    Twilight Zone.

March 22, 2017, 7:00 PM           John Lillich will present his program on the
History of Dodd’s Mills, the Dodd family and the
                                                          HACH-OTIS WILDLIFE SANCTUARY.

May 24, 2017, 7:00 PM               Lake County Historical Society's Program
                                                    Director, Tonya Busic, will Present
                                                    "Mansions and Scandals". 
September 27, 2017, 7:00 PM   Willoughby Mayor David Anderson presents
                                                    "Walking Down Memory Lane".  
                                                    His 26 years as Mayor of Willoughby.  

DID YOU KNOW?   Posted 5-27-2017
          Where the entrance to the Hanna estate was on Chardon Rd.?  We have known for many years that the Manakiki Country Club was previously the Hanna Estate.  In the early 1900's, the property was titled in the name of Jean Claire Hanna.  Bob Clair, the attorney that helped us write our Articles of Incorporation, lived on the south side of Eddy Road across from Manakiki.  He told of the tunnel under Eddy Road just east of the entrance drive.  As the story went, the Hannas put in a driveway south through the tunnel all the way to Chardon Road.  It seems that the condition of Eddy Road in the Fall, Winter and Spring was too poor for the Hanna’s guests to navigate.  Thus the entrance was via Chardon Road, a paved road.  In providing materials to Don Lewis for his “History of Manakiki” that he gave us, we noted that the 1915 Atlas' listing of farms in Willoughby Township included mention of “Sleepy Hollow Farm”, the name that the Hannas had given their extensive farm.  At our March, 2005 meeting, Don Lewis gave us copies of two very early tax map pages covering the Hanna Estate.  One page encompassed the property between Eddy and Chardon Roads.  It showed that a Jean Claire Hanna not only owned a very large amount of land north of Eddy, but also a parcel south of Eddy that extended all the way to Chardon Road.  Since this map page was redrawn shortly after the Hanna parcel was sold, subsequent maps did not show any reference to Hanna ownership south of Eddy Road.  This map gave us the second to the last piece of the puzzle of the location of the driveway.  Several days later, Mike Gerl, the City assistant zoning inspector, happened to mention a driveway on Chardon Road that had a stone pillar on each side.  On the inside of one pillar was a stone plaque engraved “Sleepy Hollow Farm”.  Mike thought the plaque might have come from the old Sleepy Hollow riding stable that burned down in the early 50's.  Not So!!  We now have the final piece of the puzzle.  This was the old entrance to Sleepy Hollow Farm, the Hanna Estate.

May 2005, Reflections Newsletter.  All rights reserved.