A Look Back
The historic Modroo Family Farm on Hemlock Road has served as the gateway to Russell Township and Geauga County for decades. This property has both cultural and historical significance in Russell Township and the Chagrin Valley.
In December 2016, Western Reserve Land Conservancy acquired 53 acres of the historic Modroo family farm in Geauga County and transferred ownership to the Russell Township Park District.
When Western Reserve Land Conservancy was working on the Modroo Farm preservation project in 2016, the message from the public was loud and clear: Save Modroo Farm, ALL of Modroo Farm.
We were grateful to be able to acquire 53 acres in partnership with Russell Township Park District, preventing a 16 home subdivision from going on the property. And yet we continued to be extremely concerned about 17 acres remaining including the farmhouse, the barn, and the associated farmstead. This historic and scenic area of the township could be developed into a 5-home subdivision, which would destroy the visual character of the area.
So, Western Reserve Land Conservancy decided to work with the family again to gain control of the property in order to preserve the entire farm including the iconic 1871 barn and farmhouse.
Our hope today is to create a fully integrated park that will enrich the community and preserve the enduring heritage and culture of Modroo Farm that we all love. Western Reserve Land Conservancy has begun to articulate a vision for this beloved property, and now seeks community input and support.
Our vision for Modroo Farm includes a comprehensive trail system woven throughout the entire property, a farm stand as well as periodic farmers markets, community gardens, vineyards, orchards, play areas, a dog run, and use of the historic barn and farmhouse.
We are not yet sure what will be done with the buildings and yet we know there are many exciting possibilities. The barn could be used for small community events or to house horses. The farmhouse could become a quaint B&B or a cherished living museum.
We are excited to work with the community to reimagine Modroo Farm and return this beloved asset to the community.