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All are welcomed! Our Membership Year is September 1 through August 31 .

To join click here for the membership form or call 440-248-1188.

Membership Costs

  • $15.00 for individuals
  • $25.00 for families

The purpose of this organization shall be to bring together those people interested in history and especially the history of our community so as to discover, collect, preserve, and disseminate this information. The Moreland Hills Historical Society is a 501(c) 3 not for profit association, organized under the laws of the state of Ohio. Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Moreland Hills Birthplace of the 20th United States President James A. Garfield 1831-1881.


We need those of you who would tell the story of the young Garfield who was born here, played in these very woods and became a respected statesman and our 20th President. Please Call: Maureen Geck at 440.487.1843 or Village Hall at 440.248.1188, if interested.

Ongoing Projects

  • Brick Path
  • Docents at the Cabin
  • Gathering Family Histories
  • Preserving Photos/Pictures of early Village
  • Keeping current history

If you would like to be involved in any of the above activities we will welcome your talents, call 440.248.1188.

Moreland Hills Historical Society Board of Directors

President - Maureen Geck

Vice President & Hospitality - Marilyn Peckinpaugh

Interim Secretary - Jonathan Martin

Archivist - Sandy Cobb

Treasurer -  Randy Nielsen

The James A. Garfield Memorial Cabin - In January 1830, Abram Garfield built a cabin in what is now Moreland Hills. A year later on November 19, 1831 James A Garfield, the 20th President of the United States, was born. Our Village Hall grounds contain a replica of that cabin which has been visited by hundreds of children and historians from all over the country. The members of the Historical Society donate their time and knowledge to provide an opportunity to learn about Garfield and the early days of the settlement of this area.

The Garfield birth site and the replica of the James A. Garfield Log Cabin are open June through September on Saturdays from 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Make appointments for Group visitations by calling the Village Hall at 440-248-1188.

You can contribute to the Historical Society’s mission to preserve our heritage and become a part of the history of Moreland Hills by purchasing an engraved brick for $60 which will become part of the walkway to the Garfield Cabin. Additional bricks in the same family are $50.00 each. This memento makes a great gift for the Holidays, special anniversaries or birthdays.

The pathway extends to the cabin from the front and the back of the Moreland Hills Village Hall. The path from the back of the Village Hall is handicapped accessible. Your brick can be inscribed with your name or can honor a family member or friend – even a pet! For many years to come you will be able to see your brick as you stroll on this historic path.

Click here for an order form. Submit completed forms to The Moreland Hills Historical Society, Moreland Hills Village Hall, 4350 S.O.M. Center Road, Moreland Hills, Ohio 44022. If you have any questions please call Village Hall at 440-248-1188.

The Cabin Will Be Open: By Appointment ONLY - please contact

For small groups of 6 at least or Travelers from a distance wishing to see this site.  Organizations, school classes, etc. must call at least two weeks prior to the desired date of visit. Pictures and memorabilia may be viewed in the Village Hall on weekdays 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Brochures in the kiosk near the cabin give directions to the wooded birth-site in daylight hours. The rustic walk is approximately 1/4 mile round trip.



THE GARFIELD TRAIL OF OHIO was established to preserve and promote the legacy of James A. Garfield and his family at the four main sites affiliated with him in Northeast Ohio (Moreland Hills Birthplace, Hiram College, James A. Garfield National Historic Site, and Lake View Cemetery) through advocacy, service, and philanthropy.

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