STVM Local History Students Explore Cascade Locks Park

Sep 13, 2018

Mr. Boarman's Local History students ventured down the street from STVM on a historical walking tour on Wednesday, September 12. They are currently studying early Akron canal-era history. They have been reading about the town of Akron and it's cross-town rival the Village of Cascade. In order to understand the Cascade Valley's history better, they visited the Summit Metro Parks Cascade Locks park.

Here they were able to understand the impact the downhill flow of water provided for the various mills that thrived here. Also, this park provided a great example of the vast amount of canal locks located in a short distance along the Ohio & Erie Canal. Students visited and read each of the 15 historical markers in the park to be able to see all of the historical influence that land had on Akron's history.

STVM's Local History class is a semester long comprehensive study of our area's vast history from canals to rubber factories to today. With being in the heart of Akron's history, students are able to participate in many walking tours such as this one. To find out more about this class and to explore the resources used, visit Mr. Boarman's class website at: