Major William Ingersoll of Grafton Massachusetts, received his land as payment for his service in the revolutionary war. In 1816 he sent his older sons Seth Crocker and Thomas Ingersoll with the Rawson brothers; Grindall and Jonathan, and the Sibley brothers; George and John, to locate their Ohio land.
In the spring of 1816 “The men arrived first in Cleavland to find a collection of huts.” From there the men walked to Liverpool, portage County, and then to Township 4. “at that time a primeval wilderness where yet roamed the Indian and many a wild savage animal.” There was no road, just markings on trees left by previous surveyors. At their destination the men set camp and viewed their acres and found dense, wet, silent Forest; rolling land and solitude. They looked up to see huge trees some with trunks 12 - 13 feet in diameter and 100 feet high. Creating a forest so dense no sunlight touched their faces. The men built a 12x12 foot shanty and left 15 men, and went back to Mass. for the rest of their families and supplies.
The Major left from Grafton Mass. in September 16 of 1816 for Township 4 range XVI, arriving Nov 4th 1816, according to his daughter Harriet Nesbitt’s memoirs, which are recorded in the book; 190 Years, 1817-2007 - Grafton Ohio Our Heritage Trail . The 1st cabin built in Grafton Twp. was on lot 26 and the 2nd was on lot 15 and in Nov of 1816 the Ingersoll family 8 people in all, called this home and are credited with being the first family in the township.
“ The Ingersoll’s cared for their family; to them family meant anyone in need. They cared for their neighbors, and neighbors might be anyone in the county. Because of these beliefs, others would be welcome to live in the Ingersoll Homestead until another house could be built.”
Our property is Lot 15. The 1st child born in Grafton was in the 2nd cabin here, Seth C. and his wife Polly’s oldest daughter Nancy born May 18 of 1817. according to tax records, the house was built in 1824 and is one of the last remaining frame built homes in Grafton /Grafton Twp. and Seth C. passed away at the age of 74, in the home in the 1859.
“In the wilderness, everyone in the settlement came together to build the homes. Men and Oxen did the hard labor, able boys helped. The women cared for the children and the livestock. They cleaned, sewed, made candles and tended livestock. Cooking for the settlement was done in a huge kettle over an open fire until stones could be dug from one of the nearby creeks and fashioned into a hearth. Food to fortify residents and workers during the coming winter, including barrels of flour had to be carried from Canton, Stark County, or Columbiana and Liverpool at great expense.”
We will base ourselves on the same beliefs as the Ingersoll Families: We want to help anyone in need! We offer you shelter and welcome to our homestead, just like they offered to so many of their pioneering guests. We walk the area a lot and have found many artifacts, and antique items. The entire Family is buried around the corner in a Cemetery Seth C.'s daughter created. We know that their kind spirits are still with us encouraging love and caring.
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- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 1 month out
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Geri was amazing, communicating quickly and clearly! My sister and I planned to stay 1 night here in a camper in January. Unfortunately, we decided against staying here last minute due to an escalating winter storm.
Communicative and understanding
Geri was very quick to respond to communication and so understanding and flexible when my road trip had me rescheduling twice. Directions were spot on and not too far from downtown Cleveland.
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Geri & Harmony Fields was a terrible mistake. We spent 3 hours trying to get to her location. (I know the train stopped in the middle of town for 2 or more hours wasn't her fault). Once we actually found her address, there was no way to drive into her driveway and a car was blocking driveway #2 that we were supposed to take. She didn't reply to 2 phone messagess, and when my husband knock on the door, no one came forward. I would not reccommend anyone to stay here. She may no longer be a participant with Hip Camp, but i had received an acceptance, a confirmation number, and a charge against my credit card. Now I will try to get a refund. Karen
We were grateful for the opportunity to donate to their cause :-) Wish we had the opportunity to meet and chat a bit more but Covid has put some limitations on our travel experience. Hosts were very responsive and accommodating. Thank you from the team @flowerdenretreats
It was nice and quiet except in the morning where someone was shooting off a gun a few blocks away, but the map seems to be a little out of date, we couldn’t really find the area we selected in the orchard as the meadow seems to be overgrown and ended up needing to park very close to another camper. We thought it would be a little more private. Overall a fine place to crash for the night and host was very responsive
Harmony Fields was easy to find and did have a beautiful field next to it. We were situated on a property not far from several homes. There were no private spots to go to the restroom, however, the hosts said they are working on that. We were able to place our tent on a flat spot beside a tree in the field which provided nice shade. Several butterflies graced us with their presence. The hosts provided a picnic table and fire ring, however, there was a lot of high grass around them. Overall, this site would be a nice spot to crash for the night while traveling near Cleveland and is only about 30 minutes from Lake Erie.
Geri was responsive, wood, a fire ring & trash can we’re all available as promised. It was a fine spot to stay as we traveled through Ohio. The map of the grounds is certainly outdated as the grounds aren’t really maintained & it seems there is really one camping spot. The trash was overflowing. The site is close to the house & there is some road noise, there’s also a penitentiary near by which seems noteworthy. Served our purpose but I’d look for a different location in the future.