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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 (except July) 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 2018:

January 24, 2018, 7:00 PM         LCHS; Women Spies, Revol. War to World Wars.
March 28, 2018, 7:00 PM            To Be Announced.

May 23, 2018, 7:00 PM               T.B.A. 

September 26, 2018, 7:00 PM    Dr. Taddeo; FOR THE GLORY OF GOD - IN GLASS.
                                                     Tracing this historic medium through its
                                                     various periods.
                                                     The story of leaded & faceted glass windows. 
                                                     Over 100 images will be shown.

DID YOU KNOW?  (posted 2-6-2018)

“Lake County Plans 30-Million Development” was the headline over an article in the Cleveland Press, Wednesday, June 29, 1960 on page 37.  The article goes on to say that plans for a $30,000,000 development on a 174 acre site were revealed by the Ridge Hills Development Co.  The area known as the “Nutwood Farm Estate” or the “Devereux Estate” was “flanked by the Lakeland Expressway on the north and the North-South Thruway to the east”.  A spur connecting the Expressway and Thruway was to slice through the east end.  The tentative plans call for “RETAIL BUILDINGS” with more than 1,000,000 square feet; “THIRTY-FIVE Apartment buildings with 400 suites”.  A “MOTEL”; SATELLITE” facilities including bowling lanes, skating rinks, and a medical building were listed.  The site was purchased for $614,000 by Ridge Hills Development Co. whose principals were Harry Ratner, owner of St. Clair Builders Supply; Builder Fred Stark (father of Bob Stark who developed Loehmanns Plaza and Emerald Lakes Plaza) and Attorney Karl Kammer.  Negotiations with prospective tenants -- local and out of state have been underway for 18 months.  “Reaction has been so favorable that we decided to buy the land and move forward.” Stark said.

The above information was taken from the article appearing in the Cleveland Press, Wednesday, June 29, 1960.  This site currently houses “Shops of Willoughby Hills” and the “Marcs” and “Vanity Fair” complexes.

May 2007, Reflections Newsletter.  All rights reserved.