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A census-designated place in Geauga County

1805 - County of Geauga was created by the Ohio General Assembly and extended to lake Erie.

1806 - Courts met in New Market (located between Fairport and Painesville on the Grand River).

1810 - The Commissioners appropriated $50.00 to construct a road from Painesville to Chardon.

1811 - Samuel Phelps, County Director, purchased 96 lots from Peter Chardon Brooks for $400.00 and the Commissioners appropriated $61.87 to hire men to chop down the trees on the square.

1812 - Captain Edward Paine Jr. moved into a newly-constructed log cabin on the square, established county government, and helped found the town of Chardon.

1813 - King Courthouse of log and frame construction was built for $600.00 by Samuel King behind the current site of Randall Block near Water Street.

March 18, 1823 - Benjamin Wright Jr., was sentenced in Geauga County Common Pleas Court to hang by the neck until dead on the third Thursday in May for the stabbing death of Zophar Warner. Benjamin's funeral sermon was conducted on the square prior to the hanging. Rifle and cavalry companies, along with fife and drum, county officials, and reputedly four thousand or more spectators escorted Benjamin to the gallows constructed south of the square to witness the hanging. The Hanging Rock where the event is said to have taken place, is now on private property and has become a Chardon legend.

October 23, 1823 - The first Geauga Cattle Fair and Show of the Geauga County Agricultural and Manufacturing society was held in Chardon. Rail pens were constructed on the square and produce was exhibited in the King Courthouse. Thirteen premiums were awarded, six in the feminine arts. Our Great Geauga County Fair has been an annual event since, not missing a beat even for drought or war, making ft the oldest continuously operating fair in the State of Ohio.

1824 - 1829 - A Courthouse with eight graceful colonial columns, an overhanging roof with balustrade, and in 1845 a cupola was built on the current site of Court Street and Lawyers Title.

July 25, 1868 - The Great Fire of Chardon swept down Main Street early in the morning destroying buildings from the south comer of Main and Water Streets to the north comer of Main and Center Streets. The courthouse was also destroyed although the safe containing many of the county's oldest records was saved by citizens who ran into the building before it could burn and carried the safe away from the fire. According to the newspapers of the day, arson was suspected.

1869 - The rebuilding of Main Street began. Construction of today's Geauga County Courthouse also began with a commitment to brick and stone to deter further fiery disasters. Leander Jason Randall won the construction bid for an estimated cost of $70,000.00 At Randall's death, the contract was transferred to Carpenter and Mathews of Meadville, Pennsylvania and the costs escalated to $88,862.35. On August 23, 1870, Judge Philo B. Conant presided over the first court session in the new courthouse. The original courtroom is still in service on the second floor and is presided over by Judge Forrest Burt. In 1870, the courtroom was considered spectacular, boasting a dome into the third story with a balcony for spectators.

1908 - An Edward Howard clock was added to the bell tower by public subscription but was damaged in 1940 and worked only sporadically for the next several decades. In 1995 local members of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors restored the antique clock to today's working condition through seed money donated by the Geauga County Commissioners and subsequent fund raising efforts by the Chardon Square Association.

1974 - The Courthouse was entered on the National Register of Historic Places within the Chardon Courthouse Square District with Main Street and 7.5 acres of the original 11 acre park.

1977 - The Courthouse was renovated and departments not dealing with the courts were moved to the Courthouse Annex on Main Street and a courtroom constructed on the first floor.

Alpine Valley, Chesterland, Ohio is located in the heart of Ohio's Snow Belt. Since it's beginning 56 years ago, Alpine Valley has continuously undergone many major changes to become Northeast Ohio's premier "Snow Fun" area. From the moment you cross the covered bridge into Alpine Valley, you'll view the expansive panorama of the entire complex of slopes, lifts, snowboard, half-pipe, tube park, chalet and other facilities that let you know this is a first class "Snow Fun" area.

Alpine Valley is a mecca of winter "Snow Fun" guaranteed to include something for everyone. Alpine Valley offers the ultimate Xtreme Park for your "Snow Fun" pleasure featuring an awesome half-pipe (Ohio's largest) with it's own boarder lift, plus additional slopes just for the snow shredder with challenging Xtreme runs. But if Xtreme skiing or snowboards are not for you, why not try our WHITE-HOT "Snow Tube" Park featuring Ohio's largest tube slope with it's own custom tube lift.

Although Alpine Valley sits in the heart of Ohio's snowbelt, we want to ensure the best possible snow conditions throughout our spacious area and the entire season. That's why we use the latest, state-of-the-art snowmaking machines that produce snow over 100% of the area! Working hand-in-hand with our snow making are our snow groomers. They are all designed to ensure you of the best possible "Snow Fun" conditions all season long. Incidentally, Alpine Valley has been the first Ohio ski area to open it's slopes for the past six years in a row!

When you're ready for a break from the slopes, why not visit Alpine Valley's Chalet where you will find a full service cafeteria and pizza shop. If you are looking for some fun and informal hospitality, visit Alpine's Final Run Lounge or maybe your choice is to sit outdoors on the adjoining observation deck and kick back with a refreshment.

Over the past thirty-five years our Alpine Valley Professional Ski School has taught thousands of kids and adults how to ski. Our Ski School is registered with the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA). When you're ready to begin or increase your skiing or snowboarding education, we have over 100 instructors available offering programs at all levels. Students prefer our small, instructional group sizes and our accelerated learning methods have you skiing or boarding in their very first lesson!

When enjoying "Snow Fun" time is everything. And most people spend too much time getting to the area. When you want an easy way to get to the "Snow Fun" with close-by parking, quick access ticket windows, high capacity rental shop and lifts, and slopes for everyone - why waste time! We invite you to join in our "Snow Fun" at Alpine Valley this season.

For your convenience this map will provide the best route to Alpine Valley. West Siders, follow the Shoreway (90)to the Akron Turnoff (271S). Leave 271 at the Mayfield-Gates Mills exit and take Mayfield Road (322) east through Chesterland. Alpine Valley is located four miles east of Route 306 (Chesterland). From Cleveland's East Side, take 322 East.

Located in the heart of Ohio's Snowbelt, Alpine Valley receives more natural snow than any other "Snow Fun" area in Ohio and when Mother Nature doesn't cooperate our state-of-the-art snowmaking machines take over to assure the best possible snow conditions throughout 100% of the area. Each night, usually beginning around the first week of December when the temperature drops below 28 degrees, the Alpine Valley snowmaking team begins converting millions of gallons of water into snow throughout the area.

During the summer months of May through October Alpine Valley winter "Snow Fun" area and Summer Resort offers an abundance of natural beauty and the ideal setting for receptions, barmitzvahs, banquets and corporate assemblies. Alpine Valley's ski chalet with it's old world charm transforms into an impressive banquet and conference center and can comfortably accommodate 300 people. There are private conference rooms and dining areas available for smaller groups and business meetings. Alpine Valley's outdoor area provides a perfect setting offering plenty of space for picnics, clambakes, bar-b-ques, games and ample parking for all.

Our banquet menu includes a wide variety of entrees from an elegant dining experience to a casual lunch. Our professional culinary staff can actually custom tailor a menu for your special event. Banquet Catering Getting there is a breeze. Alpine Valley is conveniently located in Chesterland, Ohio, less than 35 minutes from downtown Cleveland, and we are easy to reach from all major cities or suburbs in Northeastern Ohio.

Since Alpine Valley is just a short scenic drive from downtown Cleveland, we specialize in one day sales and business meetings. We also offer a special discount rate for all corporate functions conducted at Alpine Valley Monday through Thursday.

If you are looking to stretch your dollar when planning that special reception or group gathering, we think you will be pleasantly surprised when you compare Alpine Valley's banquet rates to other less accommodating facilities available in Northeastern Ohio. If you want to bring success to your next group gathering or corporate assembly, we'll see you at Alpine Valley's winter "Snow Fun" area and summer resort.

After an exciting day of " Snow Fun" adventure at Alpine Valley, extend your visit and experience the warm hospitality and unique character of the charming inns and B & B's within a short drive of Alpine Valley. There's also a full selection of restaurants in the area that will cater to your taste from gourmet cuisine to an energy restoring mid-day snack.

Ski/Board Rental Shop Associates - At Alpine Valley you'll find one the largest and most efficient rental shops in the county with over 1,800 pairs of skis. And to make sure everyone gets that "just right" boot fit, we offer a self-fitting boot area to serve ski/boarders faster and more efficiently. Plus, there are 350 snowboards and plenty of snow tubes. Weekend and weekday positions available. Full and part time shifts available. Knowledge of customer service a must.