A Journey through Time in Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Owls, bald eagles and other wildlife always make for an interesting sight as you journey through Cuyahoga Valley National Park. But would you ever expect to come across someone dressed in period costumes as they share historical facts and demonstrations from life in the Cuyahoga Valley at the turn of the 20th
Century? You very well may be treated to a similar experience in the coming months.
The “roving historians/artisans” will return for their second year this May as the park prepares for more visitors that come along in the warmer months. The group is the brainchild of Park Ranger Paul Motts.
“Our goal is to create an innovative new take on the canal lock presentations to keep people engaged,” Motts said. “It’s something that really adds to the visit for train passengers and anyone else out and about in the park.”
The program kicked off during the summer of 2012 with a few volunteers who were eager to share their knowledge of the rich history of the Cuyahoga Valley. The group now consists of 30 volunteers who will soon be sharing fun facts with visitors. Those that encounter the roving historians/artisans will come away with a few
interesting tidbits, such as workers earned roughly 30 cents a day while the canal was being built, or that President James A. Garfield was among those
workers at the age of sixteen.
“The visitor feedback I received last year was tremendous,” Motts said. “People were so pleased to have an unexpected interactive portion of their visit. Most
importantly, they came away with a greater appreciation for CVNP and the surrounding area.”
For more information on the many different volunteer opportunities at Cuyahoga Valley National Park, visit our volunteer page, call the volunteer office at 330-657-2299 or email email@example.com.