Chagrin Falls, Ohio

Chagrin Falls is a quaint village located east of Cleveland, Ohio, and is a perfect destination for a weekend trip.  The downtown is a walkable delight, with a mixture of historic homes, restaurants, shops, and art galleries.  We dodged intermittent raindrops as we explored the town.

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The location of the village can be attributed to the availability of water power from the Chagrin River, spurring the development of mills for grain, lumber, etc. in the early to mid 1800’s.   The namesake falls are located just downstream from the bridge over Main Street, and are accessible by a stairway.

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A relatively new restaurant in town is M Italian.  Featuring a creative menu and fun setting with a contemporary vibe, with the added bonus of viewing windows into the adjacent artisanal glass-blowing shop, this restaurant hits all the buttons.  We recommend trying their bacon-wrapped date appetizer in particular.  Yum!

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After enjoying the town, a short drive into the surrounding countryside brings the inquisitive traveler to a unique and certainly off-the-beaten-path destination.  Materials Park is home to ASM International, the world’s largest association of metals-centric materials engineers and scientists.  This is not a tourist attraction per se, but it is an interesting and educational stop.  The semi-circular office building and the overlying 250 ft. diameter aluminum geodesic dome were considered futuristic when completed in 1959, and the building is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

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The dome design, structurally engineered to be self-supporting by distributing forces to its component parts, has become a classic.   Can you name the person who invented the geodesic dome?  (Answer at the end of this post.)

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Although visitors cannot enter the building, the grounds are open to the public and contain over 60 specimens of raw metal ores displayed in a garden setting.

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It is time to leave northeastern Ohio behind.  We are off on our next adventure soon, so stay tuned.  Oh, and the answer to the quiz question:  R. Buckminster Fuller.  That could come in handy when you attend your next trivia night!

 

 


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