For a "museum" in a little town staffed mainly by volunteers, this place is great!!
Rather than one big stuffy building with dusty old paintings on the wall and withered artifacts behind glass, Century Village instead is an outdoor "town" of structures apropos to the day - the settlement and early years for this area, that is. They even have a wooden church in great shape that you can walk into that was actually used in the 1800s which was relocated here for preservation.
There is an admission fee that goes directly to their non-profit cause. Their "gift shop" is the town's general store in which you'll find period-proper snacks and trinkets.
Century Village has lots of events throughout the year. One of our favorites is the popular pancake breakfast in maple syrup season (around March each year) - one of their fundraisers. Another is their civil war era reenactment which includes soldier and civilian encampments. It's not all about the soldiers - who put on a series of excellent displays and battles - but other living historians who show you what it was like to live in pre-20th century America (weaving, washing laundry, cooking, etc.).
Other events include historical machinery which features some of the first tractors and farm equipment used long ago.
The site is located in the heart of Burton Township in Geauga County, on the southeast corner of the town square. This is where 87, 168, and 700 meet.
Again, a gem in such a small township, Century Village is tops!
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