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Old Brooklyn

Old Brooklyn has its roots in the original Brooklyn Township, organized in 1818. The first settlers came from Connecticut in 1812. Indian trails were the basis for what became Pearl, Broadview and Schaaf Roads. Brighton Village, centered around today’s Pearl-Broadview intersection, was incorporated for one year in 1838. As German farmers moved in, the community grew. Another incorporation in 1889 renamed the village South Brooklyn. Annexation to the City of Cleveland—desirable because of South Brooklyn’s light plant (1902)—occurred in stages, beginning in 1905 and continuing through 1927. Greenhouse gardening began on Schaaf Road in 1887 and in the mid 20th-century gave the area the title of “Greenhouse Capital of the United States.” Old Brooklyn is also home to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo (1914).

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture grant awarded

We are pleased to announce that the Society will receive $2502 funding through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s 2013 Project Support II grant program for the Preserving Old Brooklyn History project. Included in the project is digitization and preservation of the HSOB collection of Rhodes Review student newspapers (see the issues now in the Gallery!) and Brooklyn Times/Brooklyn Parma Times. Historic photos will also be prepared for a book publishing. More info in Projects.

More to come...

We invite you come along as this website grows. If you share our interest in preserving and sharing the past, we encourage you to join us in our endeavors.

A note on the title: The typeface used in “The Old Brooklyn Historical Society” is called "Really Big Shoe NF," based on an offering from the Cleveland Type Foundry, originally named Oxford. It was produced by Nick’s Fonts, a small foundry that seeks to preserve typographic heritage. Cleveland Type Foundry was in business from 1875 to 1892 when they became part of the American Type Founders (ATF). See www.archive.org/details/ATF1893ClevelandSpecimen.