Come Visit

Country store front. © 2009, Diana Cornielle

Country store front. © 2009, Diana Cornielle

Make a plan to come visit us. We are open to the public Saturday and Sunday’s from May through October (with a special event in December).

When you come to visit, you may stay as long as you like!

On regular weekends, the general store is the place to purchase old fashioned candy, pop, water, and ice cream. When coming to visit, casual clothing with flat heels is advised – most of the areas are grass covered.

If we are having a special event, the four hours goes very fast and there are many things to see and do. The family can make a day of it and of course admission is always free.

Red Barn parking lot. © 2009 Michelle Mihalek

Red Barn parking lot. © 2009 Michelle Mihalek

Stearns Farm is wheelchair accessible to the general store and cabin area and to the barnyard area to some extent. The historical houses are not wheelchair accessible.

We have a large parking area to the south of the homestead and a very limited area in front of the barn – on the main drive – which we reserve for handicap parking only.  When no event is going on and the weather is good, we also use the front pasture for overflow.

We have an acre pond, which has brought us some wild Canadian geese. Also, make sure to watch your children when feeding the animals – they are not aggressive, but may bite when reaching for the food.

On opening day in May, we sometimes feature a demonstration of our sheep being sheared. Of course there are over 50 animals for kids old and young alike to visit with and feed. Our youth group members are always on hand to teach facts about the animals and tell of their experiences caring for their project animals.

We do not do tours for individuals when you are visiting the homestead – you may walk and visit at your leisure. If you wish to tour the two museums, there are tour guides on hand to take you through each house. Photos may be taken of the animals and also if you forget your camera at home, we always have them for sale at our general store.

On Saturdays, June through October, the pasture is also used for our Farmer’s Market. We have all local vendors, and this past year it included products made from goats milk, local honey, bakery, and much more. The homestead also sells some of our own grown produce and our fresh eggs go quickly!

Tours for Schools and Groups

The Parma Area Historical Society offers outings and tours of the Homestead to schools and groups. The fee is $3.00 per child which includes the tour and feed for the animals.The outing must be booked in advance to insure availability of the staff.Please contact us at Stearnshomestead@gmail.com to schedule a tour group.

This past year, with the partnering of the Cuyahoga County Farm Bureau, we offered tours to fit the class curriculum for the Parma Schools and other school systems on agriculture. Over 2000 students benefited from the educational experience.  For more information or scheduling of tours please contact Anita Cook at (216) 310-5496 or Joe Porach at (440) 263-2092.