Lyman Stearns (born March 11, 1808) was the son of Jesse & Betcy (Gilson) Stearns, of Walpole, New Hampshire. He married Rhoda Ann Graves on September 8th, 1834, and came to Copley, Ohio on their “wedding tour” to visit his brother, John Cooledge Stearns, a noteworthy abolitionist. They moved to Copley in 1835 and then to Parma in 1856. Sometime between 1835 and 1855 they constructed a Yankee Barn. In 1855, the Stearns farmhouse was completed and the Stearns family moved in.
The farmhouse is representative of the Greek Revival style of architecture, popular throughout the United States prior to the Civil War. Our young country, which adopted much of it’s form of government from the Greeks, was also inspired by the “recent discoveries” of many Greek temples and antiquities.