ASBURY SEMINARY, incorporated in 1839 in CHAGRIN FALLS by the Methodist Conference, offered an advanced secondary education during the mid-1800s. It provided teacher training, business education, and a college preparatory course. The seminary was named for Rev. Francis Asbury, an American Methodist bishop. Rev. Lorenzo D. Williams, who had managed a small private school in Chagrin Falls, was the first principal. A building was erected in 1842. The seminary operated for 19 years, until it was sold in 1858 to the Chagrin Falls Board of Education for use as Union School.