Burton Memory Project

Burton: Where History Lives.
Link to burton Public Library
A Cleveland Memory Project Partner

Burton, Ohio is home to the Century Village Museum of the Geauga County Historical Society, a collection of buildings, artifacts, and documents which preserve county history. The Great Geauga County Fair has exhibited the products of farm, home and industry each year since 1823. The Park and streets that surround it form the Burton Village Historic District which has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1974.

Not only can you search for those images we think of as historical, such as photos taken of the Burton Hotel, the Burton Electric Light Plant, the Maple Camp Log Cabin right after it was built in 1931, or photos from the County Fair in the first part of the twentieth century, but you can also glimpse into the actual lives of townspeople through the class photos from the 1920s and the Congregational Church photos.

This site can also be utilized to research historical moments of village history such as the first telephone call in Ohio, transmitted from Burton Station to Burton Village, and other events listed in the Timeline of Burton History.

This web site, a collaborative effort of the Burton Historic District Association and the Burton Public Library, was funded in part by the Dalton Pfouts Memorial Fund.

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The Burton Memory Project is a collaborative digital project between the Michael Schwartz Library, Cleveland State University and the Burton Public Library. The many images, maps and other objects come from the Geauga County Historical Society Library, Cleveland Press Photograph Collection at Cleveland State University and largely from contributions of Burton, Ohio residents, and were digitized, cataloged and indexed in Cleveland Memory to provide a historical perspective of the Village of Burton. The project was managed and assembled by Thomas Kubat and Calvin Rydbom with the help of Holly Manning-Lynn, Jim and Gayle Wohlken, Jeanette "Teeter" Grosvenor and Jacqueline Samuel.