Location: Kirtland, Ohio (USA)
While I was walking down a path looking for some beautiful autumn picture taking opportunities, something way back in the woods caught my eye.
Well, the curious side of me just could not resist venturing back into the woods, way off the path to solve this mystery.
Much to my delight, it was stone, beautiful stone and lots of it! At the time, I had no idea what it once was, and not knowing the history behind this was making me crazy! Obviously… it has been around a long long time. There were three main stone structures very close together. There was what appeared to be an outdoor BBQ pit, a well, and the facade of a building or home with this magnificent arched doorway.
As soon as I got home, I began my research to find out the answers to my questions. Here is what I learned.
The property once belonged to the Halle Family who owned Halle Bros. Co. (the department store based in Cleveland).
This property and house was their “summer” home, although they did have a staff that lived there year round to tend to their garden and take care of the land.
The house was built in 1910, so these stones were over 100 years old!
The only remaining structure is the horse barn, which now is home to the “Nature Center” of the Penitentiary Glen
You can just see the amount of care and precision that went into the placement of these stones. Someone obviously took a lot of pride in their work, which was clearly evident.
Too bad work ethics and attention to detail don’t exist today like they did back then.