Dunham Tavern Museum

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Dunham Tavern Museum
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A former stagecoach stop, Dunham Tavern Museum is the oldest building in Cleveland still standing on its original foundation. Get a glimpse of pioneer life in the Western Reserve on Wed. & Sun., 1-4pm and other days by appt.
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Michael M
Macedonia, OH559 contributions
Dec 2012 • Couples
I enjoyed the tour of the Dunham Tavern recently. I had no idea this building was packed with the most interesting things. The tour guide knew everything and answered all my questions. Who would think such a gem was located so close to University Circle and University Hospital and the Cleveland Clinic. The weather was warm and I was able to take my time absorbing all the sights offered in this treasurer. Make a point to stop at the Dunham Tavern soon.
Written December 8, 2012
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Munjo
Fredonia, NY2,541 contributions
As the city has grown and decayed, this beautiful old tavern remains a reflection of the past. This is really a wonderful and well maintained property. Surprising it's still here. Highly recommend
Written February 8, 2015
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Kwnphoto
New York49 contributions
May 2012 • Couples
It was a stopover during its heyday during the stage coach era and it is a great stop over today since it is situated on Euclid Ave right between the University Area museums and Downtown Cleveland. Fun, historic and relaxing. We visited August 2009.
Written April 12, 2013
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2013CTB
Atlanta, GA170 contributions
Jul 2016 • Solo
I stopped in hoping to spend a few hours getting a feel for the early history f Cleveland.What I got was We're only open 2 afternoons a week, almost no explanation or interpretation of what I was seeing, too many weird little plywood cut outs that were way overdone, and some poorly tended flower gardens. The barn was rebuilt to modern standards after it burned a number of years ago, a log structure appeared interesting, but no explanation of its purpose, paper signs that were ruined by water damage faced the back of an adjacent building. This place has some tremendous potential to explain the early history of the Cleveland area but seriously lacks in execution.
Written July 19, 2016
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795darrelll
Broadview Heights, OH555 contributions
Dec 2016 • Friends
One must stop and visit Dunham Tavern to get a sense of early Cleveland history. Dunham Tavern is the oldest building in Cleveland on its original foundation. The tour is docent led. Our docent was extremely knowledgeable and gave us insight into the lack of closets in rooms (closets were considered rooms, and were taxed).

The grounds have a loop path to walk that traces changes in transportation and gardening/farming. Many of the signs/visuals are in disrepair and desperately need attention. The museum is slowly making improvements as they have acquired the lot to the west of the tavern, demolished the warehouse, and are working to restore it to farmland.
Written June 28, 2017
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loriar
Harrow, Canada358 contributions
May 2017
Good to see a historic building being made available to the public and future generations. Oldest building in Cleveland on the original foundations. Visited on a Sunday afternoon and was given a personal tour of all the rooms. Staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. Many period pieces in the museum and glad to see history presevered.
Written May 11, 2017
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AliciaV1968
Cuyahoga Falls, OH76 contributions
Apr 2018 • Solo
I spent about an hour and a half at the Dunham Tavern Museum this afternoon. The docent was very engaging and had an excellent knowledge of all the items in the house. He went through most of the items and how they were used. I learned a lot about cooking, travel and sleep in the early 1800s, and saw some rare items that I’d never heard of. It was truly an enlightening and enjoyable visit for anyone who loves history. It cost only 5 dollars, which is a bargain. Fascinating!
Written April 29, 2018
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Kit Whipple
Solon, OH199 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
Stopped in for a talk on the Hamilton musical and the place was near capacity. Everyone was friendly and helpful with questions and answers. the seminar was in the barn which is only about 10 to 15 years old and most comfortable. they have a new director and things seem to be moving forward in many ways. worth a stop for a seminar or any other time.
Written January 29, 2019
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stbolt
Long Beach, CA12 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
The tour of the Dunham Tavern Museum was a fascinating. My husband and I enjoyed a private tour from the very knowledgeable tour guide Germaine. She painted the picture of what daily life for an early 19th century bourgeois family's life would entail. The museum has a large collection of artifacts of interest: kitchen implements, dinner wear, a spinnning wheel, loom, and many other domestic necessities. The living and dining room is appointed typically to the period, and the tavern is a walk into the past. My only disappointment was that we were not allowed to take photos inside. Also, the visiting hours are limited so check them carefully. However, it's worth the effort to fit a visit to the Dunham Tavern Museum into your plans. It's a treasure that has been restored to tell a small part of the story of the people who settled Ohio and the Western Reserve.
Written September 16, 2018
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ellendarby
Cuyahoga Falls, OH31 contributions
Aug 2017 • Friends
I've lived in Cleveland for most of my life and though I cannot count the times I've passed the Dunham Tavern Museum, never stopped in until Sunday.

I belong to a sketching group and on Sunday and this was our destination. I will start by saying that I did not actually go inside the museum. I had my dog with me so spent the entire 2-1/2 hours outside. Another sketcher did go inside for a tour and enjoyed it immensely.

The grounds are just lovely. Besides the buildings going back to the early 1800's (this was originally a stage coach stop), the grounds are are much more expansive than I expected (I believe they reach all the way from Euclid Avenue to Chester Avenue). There are beautiful gardens and lots of spots to sit and enjoy serenity in the middle of a large city.

I found a great spot in the shade for my pup and myself to sit as I sketched the beautiful log cabin and if I hadn't messed up the perspective, would have posted the sketch along with this review. :)

The museum is only open on Wednesdays and Sundays from 1 to 4. I'm not sure if people are allowed to wander around the grounds on the off hours.

I definitely would recommend checking out this treasure if you are in the area.
Written August 8, 2017
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