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Lakewood in Cuyahoga County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Lakewood Park

 
 
Lakewood Park Marker, side one image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 21, 2019
1. Lakewood Park Marker, side one
Inscription.  The changing use of this land, now Lakewood Park, reflects the development of Lakewood, Ohio from a small agricultural community to a thriving modern suburb. Early settler John Honam''s property stretched north from Detroit Avenue to Lake Erie, between Belie and Cook Avenues. His 1834 home restored by the Lakewood Historical Society and now serves as the Oldest Stone House Museum. Later, the property was the site of the lavish Robert Russell Rhodes estate, “The Hickories.” As the population grew. so did the need for civic amenities. In 1919, the City of Lakewood purchased the estate, using the land for Lakewood Park and the mansion as a hospital annex during the Flu Epidemic and then as City Hall until 1959. Only one piece of “The Hickories” remains; the original stone wall engraved with the estate name.

Robert Russell Rhodes built his summer cottage, “The Hickories,” in 1881. Over the years, he expanded the home, eventually making Lakewood his year-round residence. “The Hickories” was one of many large estates lining Lake Avenue. The City of Lakewood converted the
Lakewood Park Marker, side two image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 21, 2019
2. Lakewood Park Marker, side two
mansion into government offices in 1919, housing 47 employees by the 1950s. For instance, the original family sitting room was converted into the Engineering Department. “The Hickories” was torn down in 1959.
 
Erected 2011 by Lakewood Historical Society and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 102-18.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 29.61′ N, 81° 47.791′ W. Marker is in Lakewood, Ohio, in Cuyahoga County. Marker is at the intersection of Belle Avenue and Lake Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Belle Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14532 Lake Ave, Lakewood OH 44107, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Oldest Stone House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dr. Jared Potter Kirtland (approx. 0.7 miles away); Alexander Winton Homestead (approx. 0.9 miles away); Nicholson Homestead (approx. 0.9 miles away); The National Carbon Company / GrafTech International (approx. 1.7 miles away); Detroit Avenue Bridge
Lakewood Park and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 21, 2019
3. Lakewood Park and Marker
(approx. 2 miles away); Cowan Pottery (approx. 2.3 miles away); Rockport Cemetery of Pioneer Days (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lakewood.
 
Also see . . .  Lakewood Park Web Page. This 31 acre lakefront park offers: the Foster swimming pool, a children’s wading pool, Flexcourt tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, a skate park, Kids Cove Playground, free concerts at the bandstand, brick lakefront promenade, picnic areas, softball fields and the Old Stone House Museum. (Submitted on July 18, 2019.) 
 
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“The Hickories” Gatepost and Wall image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 21, 2019
4. “The Hickories” Gatepost and Wall
“The Hickories” Gatepost image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 21, 2019
5. “The Hickories” Gatepost
Lakewood Park Bandshell image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 21, 2019
6. Lakewood Park Bandshell
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on July 18, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 18, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 18, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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