The BAY VILLAGE HISTORICAL SOCIETY was established in 1960 during the sesquicentennial celebration of BAY VILLAGE. Several area pioneers, including Reuben Hall and the Cahoon sisters, had proposed the creation of a local historical society 50 years earlier. In 1973 the city of Bay Village named the society as manager of Rose Hill, the Cahoon family property at 21715 Lake Rd. With funds provided by the local city council, the society restored the property as a museum, in which furnishings and artifacts, primarily from the Cahoon family, illustrated the community's history. A small research library was also housed there. In 1994, Rose Hill was designated a state and national historic landmark. By 1995, with 260 members meeting four times per year, the Bay Village Historical Society operated the museum and sponsored the placement of landmark plaques on century homes, in addition to hosting special programs. Tom Phillips served as president. Revenues were derived from memberships and the proceeds from fundraising events such as an annual flea market.
See also LIBRARIES, ARCHIVES & HISTORICAL SOCIETIES.