Chagrin Valley Little Theatre

Chagrin Falls Village

A Brief History

Chagrin Falls - Photo by Thaddeus Quintin

The early settlers of Connecticut's Western Reserve came across the lovely waterfall on the Chagrin River in the mid 1800s, and founded The Village of Chagrin Falls (incorporated 1844) and, within the Village borders, Chagrin Falls Township (March 7, 1845). The town was largely settled by strongly religious people, who built a foundry, plus flour, wool, and paper mills around the falls. The town boasted many beautiful brick and wood homes, many of which have been restored to their original gradeur and placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, roughly 4000 people call the Village 'home'.

The Village Today

Chagrin Falls At Night - Photo by Thaddeus QuintinThroughout the year, the picturesque downtown area offers quaint boutiques, garden and arts festivals. Renovations to the streets, lighting and sidewalks in the early 21st Century provide a clean and friendly experience for shopping, dining or simply watching the river. A new initiative in 2007 by the Chagrin Foundation for Arts & Culture "to promote, support, and encourage the development of arts and culture as integral contributors to the quality of life and the economic well-being of the Chagrin Valley" has begun a rennaisance in the area featuring an alliance between Chagrin Falls and Chautauqua, NY. Extended plans include improvements to the historic Township Hall and Chagrin Valley Little Theatre.

Photos of Chagrin by Thaddeus Quintin. Used with permission.

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