Euclid Avenue was Millionaire’s Row, with some 250 mansions extending a 4-mile stretch. Some of the homes were as large as 50,000 square feet with lots consuming 6 acres of land in Cleveland. One of the grandest estates owned by Samuel Andrews employed 100 servants to keep the mansion running on a daily basis.
Today, there are just four original mansions left.
People are intrigued when they hear stories about Cleveland’s past-the mansions, the parties, the industry, the society, the way of life. Learning more about Cleveland “back then” always sparks questions.
The Horse County Tour of Hunting Valley was again held this year to raise money for the Western Reserve Land Conservancy. I was again asked to participate which I love to do to add historical stories to the event. The event as expected was a grand success and all who attended had a grand experience.
My quest to use Cleveland history in promoting pride in Cleveland took a giant step forward as I presented at the 5th Anniversary “Horse Country Road Tour.” I wrote about this event last year as I so much enjoyed this unique charitable event sponsored by Leikin Motor Companies. My friend Tom Barrett does a marvelous job of pulling this event together with great volunteers to raise money for Western Reserve Land Conservancy.
A collection of some eighty antique cars is this core ofthe event. Each year Tom arranges to visit historical locomotives in this area. As we arrive, we tour each location while I give the relevant history. Then back to White North Stables in beautiful Hunting Valley, Ohio where we have a wonderful dinner and I do more telling of the history of the area. Tom shared with me that since adding the history component to the event two years ago, participation has nearly doubled. Tom always likes to make my day.
I write today because I think over the years fundraising has become rather predictable. Tom’s vision is just the opposite as he and his friends are able to raise thousands of dollars in a truly extremely enjoyable and unique event.
The following pictures probably will tell the story better than your Storyteller – included are those representing the places we visited this year.