Welcome to the Historical Society of Rocky River, Ohio
Where our present soon becomes the past which shapes our future.
Rocky River, Ohio was founded in 1805 as a part of Rockport Township. In 1891, Rocky River became a hamlet and in 1903, it was incorporated as a village. Reincorporated in 1930, the village became a city.
The Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the history of this Cleveland suburb and we invite you to join us.
Jesse Grover Bell was a cosmetics salesman in Kansas when in 1927, at age 37, he decided to move his family to Cleveland, Ohio and start his own cosmetics business. He named it after his daughter, Bonne Bell.
While doing research about the early history of Cleveland, Ohio, and especially Rocky River, one encounters the Pease surname many times. Here Gay Christensen-Deane has attempted to sort out all the people and some of the relationships.
Stephanie Kramer, a 1966 graduate of Rocky River High School, has been performing in local theatre, musical and other creative ventures for over fifty years!
This year's Fall Arts Festival will be held on Saturday, September 17 from 10:00am – 5:00pm in the Old River Shopping District.
At various times in the history of the land which is now comprised by Cuyahoga County, there have been differing claims to its ownership.
Gay A. Christensen-Dean writes about the state seal of Ohio that was first proposed in 1803.
Thanks to a joint effort between Rocky River Historical Society and Cowan Pottery Museum Associates, a new Ohio historical marker was unveiled May 13 on the front lawn of the house that once served as a showroom for the Cowan Pottery Studio from 1913 to 1931.