The Burton Ohio Village was founded in 1798. It is Geauga County's oldest settlement and first township. In Ohio, a village is an incorporated municipality with fewer than 5,000 inhabitants.
Like many other early settlements in the Connecticut Western Reserve, this Village has a beautiful town square patterned after the typical village greens of New England.
The Log Cabin on the square was originally patterned after the log cabin where Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky.
It serves as an Information Center for the Village and its surrounding areas. It is actually a working sugar house producing maple syrup in the spring and making maple candy year round.
Be sure to stop buy and check out the great line of products for sale. Get some to take home with you - your taste buds will be glad you did!
The Village itself is also known for maple syrup products and its annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser. It is officially named "Pancake Town, U.S.A." You can enjoy pancakes and sausage, even an omelet every Sunday in March and two Sundays in April.
It began as a way to support the volunteer fire department. Since 1951 the Burton Fire Station, joined by the Rotary Club, has fed hundreds of thousands of people tons of delicious pancakes with locally-made pure maple syrup.
The breakfasts actually take place at the Berkshire High School from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm each Sunday. You may call the Rotary Club at 440-632-0202 for more information or group reservations.
The Village is also the host of the Great Geauga County Fair, Ohio's oldest fair. The fair is held Labor Day weekend annually.
Don't miss the annual Apple Butter Festival held the second week of October. Watch apple butter being made or check out the antique vendors. Sample some locally made baked goods as you enjoy fine arts crafts and music, all at the Century Village each year.
Century Village Museum
Rich in history, Burton is also home to the Century Village Museum. It is owned and operated by the Geauga County Historical Society. The Century Village has over twenty historically authentic buildings on sixty-five acres.
It's an amazing trip back into the past with some 20,000 museum artifacts depicting a Western Reserve Village from 1798 to 1900. Also on the Century Village grounds is a working farm with a sugar bush for making maple syrup. Bring the kids over for a great day trip that's educational as well as fun.
Drive around - and of course you'll experience the beauty of the surrounding countryside so typical of Ohio Amish Country with gently rolling hills that surround the entire area. The entire area is a must see experience any time of year!
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