Midwest Living Review
At Century Village Museum, you might hear the clink-clink-clink of a hammer hitting an anvil in an 1800s blacksmith shop, drop in on a quilting bee in the parlor of an lovely Greek Revival home or savor the spicy-sweet aroma of apple butter being cooked in cooper kettles over open wood fires. A project of the Geauga County Historical Society, Century Village is like stepping into the world of Currier and Ives. The living history museum boasts more than 20 vintage buildings that include 19th-century houses furnished in period style as well as iconic American structures like an 1870s railroad station, an old-fashioned bandstand, a one-room schoolhouse and a little white church poised at the end of a classic village green. On weekends, costumed guides conduct tours of the grounds ($7 for adults; $5 for children), and the museum's programs range from a Power and Steam Show featuring antique cars, trucks and tractors to an autumn Apple Butter Festival that has been a beloved tradition for more than 60 years. If you miss the festival, you can always buy the museum's homemade apple butter and its maple syrup at the Crossroads Store. Complete with a wood floors and a potbelly stove, the store resembles an old-time general store and offers a fine selection of regional history books and locally crafted items.