"Valley of God" Shaker Heights by heplion

Shaker Heights Travel Guide: 2 reviews and 1 photos

This is what what the first settlers called Shaker Heights when they arrived here, a bit over 100 years ago.

Shaker Heights is where I grew up and lived off and on for about 20 years. It certainly isn't a tourist mecca, but if you happen to be in the Cleveland area it really is worth some time to drive thorugh as it is one of the most destinctive and beautiful of the Cleveland suburbs.

The name of the city came from the "Shakers", as the United Society of Believers are commonly known because of the religious ferver. The colony disbanded in the late 1800 and the remaining colonists moved on to other "Shaker" colonies

The Van Swerigan Brothers bought the land sometime in the early 1900's and began development. The city was designed by the Van Swerigans based on the "English Garden" city movement. It was the FIRST planned community in the US. It was tied to Cleveland, 10 miles away, by a "high speed" train to take the professionals that lived in Shaker to their offices downtown.

The Van Swerigan brothers are also responsable for many of the buildings you see in downtown Cleveland such as the Terminal Tower.

Shaker is one of the most affluent neighborhoods inthe city. I often would joke with my friends that we were the hillybillys of shaker, the shaker billy's! But the houses in the area are fantastic to look at in many different styles from English Tudor, to all brick with slate roofs and bronze rain gutters.

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  • yellowbell's Profile Photo
    Nov 17, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Hi Alec, I've noticed you have many fond memories of Cleveland. I'll tag along with my husband to Pepper Pike. We'll be there from Thursday-Sunday (Nov. 21-24) . Any tips for me? Thanks a lot. Jing

  • mrclay2000's Profile Photo
    Mar 24, 2003 at 7:56 AM

    Some of these older historic districts are unsung gems in many urban areas.

  • Jan 2, 2003 at 7:15 PM

    Wilmerding, PA was founded by George Westinghouse in 1890 and is
    the first planned community in the US.

  • Porteplume's Profile Photo
    Aug 20, 2002 at 1:18 AM

    Valley of God, it sounds great to be born there...

  • acemj's Profile Photo
    Aug 1, 2002 at 5:38 AM

    Happy birthday!

  • Jul 10, 2002 at 1:53 AM

    Sounds great,must be great in here:-}

  • Gili_S's Profile Photo
    Jul 9, 2002 at 3:42 AM

    Interesting place, but how do we get there?

  • ATLC's Profile Photo
    Jul 9, 2002 at 12:51 AM

    Shaker: isn`t their style highly fashionable? Seriously!

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