Our mission

Since 1924, the mission of Summit County Historical Society is to preserve and interpret the history of Summit County and Akron, and to educate regional communities about the people and events that have shaped our rich history.

Historic mutton hill

“Mutton Hill” is the name that residents of 19th century Akron gave to this 150-acre farm, known for its 1,000 sheep that were reputed to produce some of the finest wool in the world. On this one hillside are represented the multiple forces that made Ohio the powerhouse of the 19th century – in agriculture, in social movements, in the Great War, and in industrial might.

The Perkins Stone Mansion and John Brown House are located on the Portage Path, which marked the western most part of the U.S. in 1795. The Portage Path was used as a trail by Native Americans to “portage” canoes between the Cuyahoga River and the Tuscarawas River

Calendar of Events

why quilting?

For hundreds of years, people across the world have been crafting blankets from layers of fabric. It was only as time progressed that materials became more accessible and women had more time available to them that quilts transitioned from a thrifty way to keep warm into the art form they are viewed as today. The quilting industry is now valued at $2 billion per year and continues to grow. 


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