The Parma Area Historical Society (PAHS) depends on the generosity of our farm friends for support and ask you to consider joining as a member of PAHS. Your membership helps us to offer a place to visit with the farm animals that reside at the homestead. In addition to the farm animals, we maintain periodic displays in the Gibbs House (circa 1940) and offer handmade items, ‘penny’ candy, and other sundries in the Country Store.
We are an all-volunteer organization. All membership funds and donations are used to feed and care for the farm animals and maintain the homestead, the barn, the fences and so much more. On any farm, there is always something that needs repair or work that need to be done.
Individual membership is only $10.00 annually. A family membership or sustaining membership is $25.00. Join today and help us keep the Homestead a viable place for all the enjoy!
All PAHS members will be invited and encouraged to attend our annual meeting to be held on April 19, 2020 in the Stearns cabin.
And of course, we want you to stop by and visit. Opening day is May 17, 2020.
Stop in on Saturdays from 11 am – 2 pm to pick up some fresh vegetables, a delicious nutroll, some homemade pierogies, dog treats, a gourd birdhouse or a wonderful local craft, painting or sketch… honey and farm fresh eggs… all at our farmers’ market at Stearns Homestead.
Boy Scout Troop 88 will conduct a flag retirement ceremony at Stearns Homestead on Saturday, June 15, 2019 beginning at 2:30 pm. All are welcome to attend. It is suggested that you bring a chair.
Area scouts/ troops are encouraged to attend and participate.
If you have a worn, torn American flag that is beyond repair, bring it with you or drop off in our flag bin located on the Gibbs screened porch by June 15.
The ceremony will be conducted as referenced in the BSA Handbook – “A national flag that is worn beyond repair may be burned in a fire. The ceremony should be conducted with dignity and respect and the flag burned completely to ashes.”
It’s time to get organized and get your dates set for your classroom or group farm tour at Stearns Homestead.
Stearns Homestead is a historic farm in Parma with over 75 farm animals who reside at the Homestead, not including all the wild ducks and geese that fly in and out.
The homestead is a 48 acre site located in the heart of Parma, Ohio and features two historic homes, a Yankee-style barn and several out buildings to house some of the ducks, geese, chickens, goats, sheep and some horses.
We offer groups of 10 or more a 1 .5 hour farmhand guided tour weekdays to visit with the farm animals and provide feed for everyone in your group to feed the animals as part of the per person fee of $4.00.
Pack a lunch or snack and plan to use our picnic tables or if available our cabin for another 30 minutes or so for your group to extend your stay.
We are currently booking group tours for spring and summer 2019.
It’s been a rough winter, well actually just a couple rough weeks of winter so far. But we are happy to report that all our animals and all our volunteers have survived the arctic cold temperatures in January.
The warm and cold fluctuating temps do cause some concern for some of our animals, especially the horses, but everyone is doing really well right now.
We are looking forward to spring just as everyone is. But with the thaw brings a new set of challenges that we hope to address in the coming months. Spring thaw creates a muddy mess at the farm. It’s when our volunteers lose boots as they get sucked down into the mud. And it’s when we are challenged to let the animals out for some excercise but don’t want them to get stuck in the mud either.
One of our goals this year is to upgrade the back horse stall area with a heavy use pad construction of stone and sand to help remedy the muddy conditions. We have lots of work to do around the farm as always, but look forward to another great year for everyone to enjoy.
We appreciate the support of the members of the Parma Area Historical Society (PAHS) and ask that you join or renew your membership for 2019.
We are an all volunteer group who work diligently to keep Stearns Homestead a Parma treasure for everyone to enjoy, learn about Parma’s history and experience the sights, smells and feel of farming and agriculture for all visitors.
Your membership renewal helps us to maintain the homestead and care for the farm animals that reside at the homestead. Your membership also gives you a voice in the organization.
Election for the PAHS Board of Trustees will be held at the April meeting.
Join or renew your membership before April 1, to be eligible to vote at the PAHS Annual Meeting on Sunday, April 7, 2019.
PAHS is a non-profit organization with a seven member board of trustees.
Download the membership form and return with your membership payment to PAHS, PO Box 29002, Parma OH 44129.
The goats and sheep at Stearns Homestead are looking forward to their annual Christmas tree snack. We will once again collect live , cut trees after the holiday. When you are ready to discard your live 🌲tree you can bring it to the front south pasture. Use the south parking area for access. Look for the tree sign.
Please remove all tinsel and other decorations prior to your delivery. No painted trees, please.
In accordance with the By-Laws reviewed and approved by the membership at the April 2017 annual meeting, the mission statement of the Parma Area Historical Society shall be:
1. To bring together whose people interested in the history of Parma;
2. To perpetuate the memory of the pioneers of Parma and its early settlers;
3. To collect, preserve, and attractively simply historical information and to disseminate
this historical information;
4. To educate and provide accurate knowledge of agricultural practices and to preserve and maintain Stearns Homestead as a working farm.
Over the years, the buildup of mud, manure, hay and straw has taken its toll on the back paddock, also known as a horse turnout.
The homestead was fortunate to receive a grant to help correct the situation and work is underway to regain the natural slope of the turnout and create a more solid base in front of the horse stalls; better for the horses and easier for the volunteers to navigate wheelbarrows and at feeding time.
Also, getting ready for opening day, volunteer Jim recently rebuilt the ramp to the Country Store to make it accessible for all visitors to the Homestead.
It’s an ongoing venture, keeping up with all the chores that need to be done at the Homestead, but we are fortunate to have great volunteers, who have the knowledge and are willing and able to get things done.