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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 2014:

January 22, 2014 7:00 PM  "Lake Metroparks & the Underground Railroad" by Trevor Wearstler.

March 26, 2014 7:00 PM   "The Rest of the Story".  Peter Mortensen's armchair "Historic Tour of
                                       Willoughby Hills" continues from where it left off in March 2013.

May 28, 2014 7:00 PM   "Bet Ya Didn't Know". Fun trivia about Lake County by Barb Whidden.

September 24, 2014 7:00 PM   "Great Lakes Exposition of 1936" by Rebecca McFarland.
                                             Tri sponsored by WE Library Willoughby Hills, Willoughby
                                             and Willoughby Hills Historical  Societies.
                                                  Reservations are necessary.
                                              Call Frank or Mary at (440) 946-5557

DID YOU KNOW?  (posted 10-11-2014)


The incorporation of Willoughby Hills in April of 1954 did not immediately stop the annexation of its land to adjacent communities.  A previous annexation to Willoughby in 1950 left a 10 acre piece of land located at the end of Douglas Road in Willoughby Township, but totally surrounded by Wickliffe and Willoughby.  With the incorporation of Willoughby Hills, this isolated area became a part of Willoughby Hills.  Since a proposed subdivision could be best served by the city of Wickliffe, an agreement was reached in July 1960 by both cities to allow the Wickliffe boundary to be changed to include this area.

Previous annexations to Willoughby had left a 37.4 acre area on the south side of Ridge Rd. (Wickliffe - Madison Rd.), between the Chagrin River and the Kirtland Township line, isolated from the rest of Willoughby Township.  This developed area became part of Willoughby Hills with the incorporation.

In May of 1956, a majority of the voters in this area petitioned the Lake County Commissioners for annexation to the City of Willoughby.  After several public hearings and not receiving any objections, the commissioners approved the boundary change.  To date though, no record of this change being approved by the city has been found in Willoughby Hills records.  [Editors note:  In 2005, this was added to Table H, Annexations and Detachment of Territory in the Codified Ordinances Tables of Special Ordinances.]

January 1991 Reflections Newsletter.  All rights reserved.