Olmsted Historical Society - Frostville Museum
Preserving the Past and the Present for the Future
24101 Cedar Point Road
When and where do we hold meetings for 2014?
Frostville Museum is a living history of 19th century Ohio, located in North Olmsted at the corner of Cedar Point and Lewis Roads in the Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River Reservation. Our goal is to preserve the past and present for the future.
The museum is open from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm most Saturdays and for special events listed on our Events Page to the right. A printable version of our Events is available on that page.
The museum consists of six historic buildings maintained and run by the Olmsted Historical Society. These buildings include: Prechtel House (the only home original to this site), Jenkin's Cabin, Brigg's House, Carpenter House, Stearns Carriage House, and FrostvilleVillage Church. Gifford General Store, Strelau Events Barn, and Wensink Display Barn are also a part of the village.
Records from our archives show that the Olmsted Historical Society was founded in May of 1953. The society incorporated as a non-profit association in 1961. In 1968, the society's name was changed to the Olmsted Historical Society focusing on the history of the entire original township.
The name Frostville has historic significance in this part of the Western Reserve. Dr. Elias Carrington Frost settled on Kennedy Ridge around 1819. In the early part of 1800s, this region of Olmsted Township was called Frostville. He opened a post office on his farm in 1829. The postal station was named Frostville although it was within the township first called Lenox and later named Cole Ridge. The official name of the postal station was eventually changed to Olmsted. It seemed appropriate to reclaim this early name for the museum complex.
The Olmsted Historical Society, which manages Frostville Museum, has over 180 members, many of whom contribute time, labor and craftsmanship. With the help of the volunteers, we maintain the buildings, the grounds besides the restoration of the buildings. During planned events, many members dress in period attire giving the feel of the 1800s.
Throughout the year we hold a number of activities. All of our events are family friendly. We encourage you to stop down, enjoy the activities, bring a picnic lunch or buy from our vendors. We offer fun in the outdoors and a chance to experience our history. Check the Events tab to the right for a printable version of the years' upcoming events.
Tours for schools, scouts and other groups are available by reservation any day of the week from May through October. Frostville Village Church may be rented for weddings. Contact Cindy Lentz at 440.476.5552 for contract information or by email at: Frostvillecindy@gmail.com .
If you are interested in becoming a member and volunteering your time, please fill out a membership form at the Membership Form link to the right and mail it to Olmsted Historical Society, P.O. Box 38744, Olmsted Falls, OH 44138. Questions may be left on our voice mail at 216.501.3345 . General meetings are held the first Sunday of each month during February through May at 1:30 pm at the North Olmsted Public Library and at 1:30 at the Strelau Events Barn from June through November unless notified of a change on our website.
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This page last modified on Wednesday, April 09, 2014