About Cuyahoga Valley National Park Concert Series

The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park partners with the National Park Service to bring live music year-round to Cuyahoga Valley National Park at three unique park locations! From lively folk concerts to outdoor jam sessions, we’ve got something for every music enthusiast.

Christy Beal Photography

Hines Hill Campus’s Uniqueness

The Hines Hill property was originally built in 1904 as a summer home for the Jaite family, who owned the Jaite Packaging mill just down the road. During the summer months, they enjoyed a spacious house (now the home of our administrative offices), as well as a barn (now the Hines Hill Conference Center) and a chicken coop (now the Stone Cottage).

The Jaite family eventually sold the house, and it passed to several owners in the years following, including the president of Northern Ohio Bank. The most recent owners were Robert and Phyllis Gioia (pronounced “joy-a”), who purchased the house in 1975 and played a big role in shaping the look of the buildings today.

Robert Gioia was a demolitions contractor with a passion for funky pieces of art and architecture. In his work, he was constantly on the lookout for new pieces to salvage and add to his home in the Cuyahoga Valley, many of which you can still see.

Here are a few of our favorite salvaged treasures at Hines Hill Center and their origins:

  • Stone face medallions on Hines Hill Conference Center and Stone Cottage: These large carvings of a baker, tailor, and scholar stare down at you from the outside walls of the Conference Center. They were originally part of the old University School building, where the faces represented trades and philosophers that the school’s founders respected, valued, and promoted in the late 1800s. They were created by a father of an early alumni of University School and mounted on the walls of the old school building before making their way to Hines Hill.
  • Stained glass windows (throughout property): Stained-glass windows around the Hines Hill House and a few other locations on the property likely came from an unknown psychiatric building in the area. The copper cupola on the building also comes from the same place.
    Stone fireplace in Hines Hill House: The fireplace in our administrative office came from Case Western Reserve University.
  • Woodwork and sliding glass doors in the Stone Cottage: These gorgeous features also came from Case Western Reserve University, when the college’s old infirmary was demolished.

There are still some mysteries about the origins of many pieces, including several pieces of intricate woodwork, leaded-glass windows, and French doors. Part of the fun of exploring is wondering about the past lives of these unique pieces!

Hines Hill Today

The national park purchased the Hines Hill property in 1988, and the Conservancy moved in on November 15, 2004. Today, you can find Conservancy staff and park volunteers here daily—as well as a variety of wildlife, including pileated woodpeckers, red-tailed and Cooper’s hawks, red foxes, wood ducks, and deer.