Lend A Hand

You Can Help!

There are many ways that you can help us to preserve a small piece of the agrarian history of Parma, and North East Ohio. Here are some ways that you can donate time, goods, and of course, money.


Volunteers are always needed, especially for tour guides in the museums and clerking  in the general store on weekends.  Training is provided.

Adult volunteers are needed (on a regular basis) for animal care. For more information, please stop by on weekends and ask for Val or contact us at 440 845-9770 .  If you prefer our email address is StearnsHomestead@gmail.com.

If you can help just one morning or one evening a week, that would help us immensely!

Parents and youngsters, you can help out and learn about farm life; join our youth group!

Our Wish List of Goods

Feeding and caring for our animals is always a high priority. We would welcome the following food items:

  • Cheerios (or generic O’s)
  • Carrots
  • Lettuce
  • Empty egg cartons (dozen size)
  • Apples (except green Granny Smith)

Buy Feed

We are currently partnering with Grace Brothers in North Royalton for most of our animal feed needs.  Donations can be made at Grace Brothers on our behalf – just tell them its for Stearns Homestead and your donation will go directly to help cover feed costs.

Our animals also need bedding and grooming items, such as:

  • Straw
  • Packages of animal bedding
  • Canned and dry cat food
  • Small non-tipping metal or ceramic bowls or heavy feed dishes
  • Cloth towels
  • Paper towels
  • Rags for cleaning

The animals would appreciate any and all donations.



Monetary contributions are always welcome!

You can also help by using GoodSearch to search the internet: We earn donations for every search.  Or use GoodShop for your online shopping needs: We earn a percentage of each purchase.

Calling All History Buffs!

Are you a history buff? Do you have a few hours to spare to share your enthusiasm for history? The Parma Area Historical Society is looking for a few good people to help with seasonal and event staging and decorate the Gibbs House, serve as a tour guide in the historic houses or clerk in the country store at the Homestead on Sundays during the summer months. If you can give even a few hours of your time once a month it would be very helpful. Contact Ruth or Carol for more information. 440.845.5522

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The Parma Area Historical Society

Stearns Homestead is maintained and operated by the Parma Area Historical Society (PAHS). The PAHS depends on membership dues, donations and volunteers to help in the effort to preserve the history of Parma. The public is invited to attend meetings, participate in community events, and to enjoy Parma’s Historic Farm. Meetings are scheduled for the third Tuesday of April, June, August, and October–7:00 p.m. at Stearns Homestead Cabin. PAHs invites you to join us. For membership information call (440) 845-9770 or email to StearnsHomestead@gmail.com.

Download PAHS membership form

Download animal adoption form