Western Reserve Land Conservancy

Shelter Hill Estate

Shelter Hill Estate

Just months after completing the first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic, Charles Lindbergh came to Cleveland, where fans turned out downtown to welcome the aviation hero. But after the revelry, Lindbergh left the bustle of the city to stay with friends in Hunting Valley.

But these weren’t just any friends. When Lindbergh landed in Paris months earlier, he was welcomed by Myron Herrick, U.S. Ambassador to France. He stayed with the Ambassador and his family, even borrowing an ill-fitting suit to wear the day after his historic flight.

Herrick owned a breathtaking property in Hunting Valley now known as Shelter Hill. After Lindbergh spent a few days horseback riding with the Herrick family, he flew his plane, The Spirit of St. Louis, on to Pittsburgh and beyond. He would return at least three more times to Shelter Hill, writing in a letter to his hosts that it remained one of his favorite places to visit in the world.

The estate at the corner of Chagrin River Rd. and Fairmount Blvd. boasts what is believed to be the oldest home in Hunting Valley. Northern flickers, pileated woodpeckers and red-shouldered hawks fly between and above the trees. The Chagrin River runs along the eastern edge of the property and Hemlock gorges shelter more than 80 species of lichen, including two found nowhere else in Ohio.

Conserving this biologically and historically significant site is a top priority for Western Reserve Land Conservancy.

“There are fewer sites like this in Ohio,” said Rich Cochran, president and CEO of the Land Conservancy. “Our vision of northern Ohio is one of thriving, prosperous communities nourished by vibrant natural lands. The Shelter Hill site embodies that vibrancy.”

Since its inception in 2006 – the result of the largest ever merger of land trusts in the United States – Western Reserve Land Conservancy has worked with local landowners, farmers, community activists, business owners and elected officials to provide Ohioans with essential natural habitats through land conservation and restoration.

“Sites like Shelter Hill are disappearing,” Cochran said. “It’s not just the trees and the wildlife that we’re losing, it’s also our history and our heritage. But conserving these areas will have a lasting impact for generations to come.”

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire a 10-acre portion of the historic estate in the heart of Hunting Valley.

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For more information, please contact: 
Alex Czayka at aczayka@wrlandconservancy.org or 440-528-4180

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Rich Cochran at rcochran@wrlandconservancy.org or 216-403-6093

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