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.  It’s a farm – flipflops and sandals are not advised.

Special events are scheduled almost every month from May – October, with lots of family fun for the entire family.

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.

The large parking area just south of the homestead provides access to the homestead either by sidewalk along the street  or the walkway mid-way into that parking area.   Handicap drop off and very limited handicap parking is available up the main drive between the two historic homes.

We have an acre pond that provides habitat for geese, ducks and turtles.

The homestead is home to more than 50 farm animals, including goats, sheep, horses, a donkey, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese.  We ask that you purchase animal feed from our barn only.  Please do not bring ‘people’ food for the animals – they all have specific foods to eat and ‘people’ food can (and will) cause the farm animals harm.

Please keep watch as your children feed the animals – our  farm animals are very friendly, but may bite when reaching for the food.

Our Homestead Hoofers youth group members are always on hand to teach facts about the animals and tell of their experiences caring for their project animals.

The two historic homes are open on weekends to tour at your leisure.  Tour guides are on hand to answer your questions.  The two houses are set and decorated to the period style they were occupied by the Stearns family in the 1850’s and Gibbs family in the 1950’s.

On Saturdays, June through October, the front pasture is the location for our Farmer’s Market.  Local farmers and vendors will have fresh vegetables, products made from goats milk, local honey, bakery, and much more available. The homestead also sells some of our own fresh grown produce and our farm 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 person 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 to schedule a tour group.

This past year, with the partnering of the Cuyahoga County Farm Bureau, over 2,000 students visited the homestead and benefited from the fun and educational experience.

Parma's Historical Farm