Located near Peninsula's historic downtown, Heritage Farms is the village's oldest family-run farm. Lawson Waterman purchased the property between 1844 and 1878. Also known as the Bishop Farm, Heritage Farms illustrates many of the trends associated with Cuyahoga Valley farming, including a long history of self-sufficiency, diverse products, and appeal to local markets.
At one time, the farm included three homes and 19 other buildings. Today, only two original structures remain standing: the barn—in continual use since its construction in 1846—and the farmhouse on top of the hill. Each generation made changes to the property to meet the needs of their growing business. They added and removed buildings, timbered woods, and cleared pasture lands.
In Their Own Words
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The Business of Farming
Since the 1840s, each generation of the Bishop-Haramis family has sold different agricultural products to meet changing market demands.
Last updated: December 20, 2021