Hines Hill Campus

Located at 1403 West Hines Hill Road, Peninsula, OH 44264 in Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Hines Hill Campus is home to three unique properties atop 60 acres of meadows, ponds, and woods. The Hines Hill Conference Center accommodates up to 40 guests, and the Stone Cottage has space for up to 12 guests. The two properties can be rented individually or together.

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Rich History of Hines Hill Campus

The Hines Hill property was originally built in 1904 as a summer home for the Jaite family, who owned the Jaite Packaging mill. During the summer months, they enjoyed a spacious house (now the home of the Conservancy’s 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. 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.
  • 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.
    Stone fireplace in Hines Hill House: The fireplace in our administrative office came from Case Western Reserve University.

There are still some mysteries about the origins of many pieces. Part of the fun of exploring is wondering about the past lives of these unique pieces!

"The staff are easy to work with, the catering is delicious, the facilities provide appropriate technology, and the ambiance allows for creativity. Specifically, the Stone Cottage provides an architecturally unique multi-room venue suitable for presentations and breakout work sessions. The location within the park creates a natural setting that can remove you from the day-to-day distractions of your workplace."

- Andrew J. Ditto, Ph.D., Manager of Product Development at Gebauer Company

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If you are intrigued by what you see, schedule an appointment to tour this tranquil meeting location.

 

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