Dunham Tavern Museum & Gardens

Dunham Tavern Museum & Gardens An inclusive place that inspires and enriches lives through history, nature, and community.
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Once a stagecoach stop on Buffalo-Cleveland-Detroit post road, today Dunham Tavern Museum is the oldest building still standing on its original site in the city of Cleveland. The 1824 home of Rufus and Jane Pratt Dunham in MidTown Cleveland is a designated Cleveland Landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In stark contrast to the cityscape that surrounds it, the museum and its

gardens offer a glimpse of history and insight into the lifestyles of early Ohio settlers and travelers.

Dunham is so lucky to have Ron Fuqua as a member of our Board. We love his passion for neighborhood history and seeing t...
10/26/2023

Dunham is so lucky to have Ron Fuqua as a member of our Board. We love his passion for neighborhood history and seeing the community grow and thrive!

Thanks to the Gerson School for visiting Dunham for their field trip today! A fun and engaged group, it was a pleasure!
10/06/2023

Thanks to the Gerson School for visiting Dunham for their field trip today! A fun and engaged group, it was a pleasure!

A delightful surprise visit from the grandchildren of W. Phelps Cunningham (1903-1980) today. Cunningham was an architec...
09/19/2023

A delightful surprise visit from the grandchildren of W. Phelps Cunningham (1903-1980) today. Cunningham was an architect and artist and member of the Cleveland Printmakers, who put on exhibits and print sales in the Parlor at Dunham Tavern in the 1930s. Futhermore, Phelps Cunningham was the first caretaker of of the Museum, moving in with his wife Mary and baby son Bill in 1933.

Bill Cunningham later visited the place where he spent his early years, seen here standing in the Gray Garden in 2006. Today, Bill's children, and the grandchildren of Phelps Cunningham--Caryl, Mary Jane, and Bill--stood in that same spot.

Dunham Tavern Museum & Gardens is thrilled to be a part of the Saturday, September round of tours for The Cultural Lands...
08/29/2023

Dunham Tavern Museum & Gardens is thrilled to be a part of the Saturday, September round of tours for The Cultural Landscape Foundation's What's Out There Weekend in Cleveland September 9-10.

Tours are FREE, but registration is required--see the link below.

Hi, Friends. Dunham had a crazy night through the storm and there are multiple large trees down on the property. The Mus...
08/25/2023

Hi, Friends. Dunham had a crazy night through the storm and there are multiple large trees down on the property. The Museum did suffer damage, but only to the exterior. We are grateful for this narrow miss, as things could have been much, much worse. Clean up starts today and will take time, but she's going to be okay! Thank you for your concern.

Come see us on Saturday!
07/13/2023

Come see us on Saturday!

✨Meet the MidTown Opening Day Committees✨

🎊Celebrate community at E. 66th St., the Cleveland Foundation Headquarters, and Dunham Tavern Museum & Gardens! The 1824 Dunham Tavern is the oldest building still standing on its original site in the city of Cleveland! Tour the museum and learn about Dunham’s history while hearing about its visionary development of its campus and grounds.

🥳Participate in our neighborhood block party with bumper cars, roller rinks, and your favorite Cleveland sports teams hosting activities all day long

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Join us for MidTown Cleveland, Inc. Opening Day! Dunham will be open from 11:00-6:00. Come see the Museum!
07/12/2023

Join us for MidTown Cleveland, Inc. Opening Day! Dunham will be open from 11:00-6:00. Come see the Museum!

Join us and our partners at MidTown Cleveland, Inc. for MidTown Opening Day Neighborhood Festival & Block Party on July 15, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.! The celebration features free events around E. 66th Street and Euclid Avenue, including live music, dance performances, the official ribbon cutting of the Cleveland Foundation headquarters, food trucks, pop-up parks, family activities, and more!

Check out the full schedule for the day here: https://midtowncleveland.org/openingday/

We're excited to be one of over 50 events in the 2023 Cleveland History Days, June 23- July 2!
06/20/2023

We're excited to be one of over 50 events in the 2023 Cleveland History Days, June 23- July 2!

Cleveland History Days runs June 23 to July 2 with more than 50 events.

Charlie loves to stretch his legs (lol) on the Heritage Trail!
11/10/2022

Charlie loves to stretch his legs (lol) on the Heritage Trail!

It's a beautiful fall day to walk your pup at Dunham!
10/25/2022

It's a beautiful fall day to walk your pup at Dunham!

This summer we were thrilled to complete our south face roof replacement! Careful adherence to historical standards call...
09/28/2022

This summer we were thrilled to complete our south face roof replacement! Careful adherence to historical standards called for the use of cedar shingles to replace the much-weathered old shingles. The new roof is beautiful!

This project was made possible in part by the Ohio History Fund, a grant program of the Ohio History Connection. The Ohio History Fund is made possible by voluntary donations of state income tax funds, sales of Ohio History "mastodon" license plates, and direct donations to the Ohio History Connection. www.ohiohistory.org/historyfund Connection

This Saturday! Tickets on sale through Les Délices:https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=142955
09/20/2022

This Saturday! Tickets on sale through Les Délices:
https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=142955

The last time we were at Dunham Tavern Museum it was to record the filmed version of The Highland Lassie that premiered last January. We are THRILLED to return to this historic venue THIS SATURDAY, Sept. 24th, this time to perform this special program for ✨LIVE AUDIENCES✨ Tickets for both the 4 pm and 7:30 pm shows are on sale now. Don't miss this rustic, energetic, toe-tapping celebration of Scottish baroque music!

September is the best time to see Monarchs all over the grounds, but they particularly love the Klein Garden. (So do oth...
09/14/2022

September is the best time to see Monarchs all over the grounds, but they particularly love the Klein Garden. (So do other pollinator friends.)

We are so saddened to hear of the passing of Terry Ryan, a longtime supporter of Dunham Tavern Museum who stood out as a...
09/06/2022

We are so saddened to hear of the passing of Terry Ryan, a longtime supporter of Dunham Tavern Museum who stood out as a star docent for many years. Terry's tours were infused with his engaging personality and wonderful sense of humor! He made a visit to Dunham a special experience for so many.

Thank you, Terry.

A BIG thanks to all who came out for this year's Summer Soiree and made it a great success! A fantastic crowd, great mus...
08/22/2022

A BIG thanks to all who came out for this year's Summer Soiree and made it a great success! A fantastic crowd, great music from the Ed Ridley Jr. Trio and fabulous entertainment from Rufus (Gilgamesh Taggett) and Jane (Dianne Palmer) Dunham! A sold out silent auction, free caricatures by Melinda, food, fun and friends. The rain didn't stop any of us from a good time!

We were blessed with perfect weather for a wonderful community Juneteenth celebration! Happy Juneteenth!
06/18/2022

We were blessed with perfect weather for a wonderful community Juneteenth celebration! Happy Juneteenth!

Congrats, Sam! Dunham is proud to be the site of many recent tree plantings under Sam's guidance while at MidTown. Now, ...
06/15/2022

Congrats, Sam! Dunham is proud to be the site of many recent tree plantings under Sam's guidance while at MidTown. Now, we wish her great success in her new role at the Cleveland Tree Coalition!

Samira Malone has become the first director and employee of the Cleveland Tree Coalition, which hopes to reforest the Forest City.

See you for Juneteenth!
05/25/2022

See you for Juneteenth!

Join MidTown in celebrating Juneteenth on June 18th from 12-3 p.m. at Dunham Tavern (6709 Euclid Avenue). There will be free food vendors and live entertainment.

Click https://bit.ly/3yYyrPL to signup today! Hope to see you there!

05/18/2022

In partnership with Holden Forests and Gardens, MidTown will host a coordinated walk and talk around the most recently planted trees in the neighborhood. MidTown Tree Walk will be on May 26th and June 2nd from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Dunham Tavern (6709 Euclid Ave).

Click https://bit.ly/3lmYqsk to signup today!

Arbor Day (weekend) at Dunham with MidTown! We had a great time learning how to plant a tree from staff at Holden and Da...
04/30/2022

Arbor Day (weekend) at Dunham with MidTown! We had a great time learning how to plant a tree from staff at Holden and Davey Tree Group before a team of nearly 40 volunteers got to work planting 20 new trees! The day started off with yoga on the lawn and rounded out with lunch and tunes from the Confirmation Band. Thank you, everyone!!

See you tomorrow!
04/29/2022

See you tomorrow!

To celebrate this year's Arbor Day, MTC will host Flow and Grow: MidTown Neighborhood Community Tree Planting and Celebration on April 30th from 12-4 p.m. at the Dunham Tavern. The event will feature local food as well as a yoga session from instructor Dawn M. Rivers. AJ and The Confirmation Band will also perform! Special thanks to our partners Holden Arboretum and Davey Resource Group for contributing to this event.

Click https://bit.ly/3IMwTcZ to signup today!

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Wow! A HUGE THANKS goes out to Regency Construction Services, Inc. for their generosity in replacing an area of deterior...
04/22/2022

Wow! A HUGE THANKS goes out to Regency Construction Services, Inc. for their generosity in replacing an area of deteriorated siding on the Museum. Their crew did incredible work! Swipe to see the progress and a glimpse into some of the bones of the structure. 👀😁😁😁

We are thrilled to have our master plan project featured in April's issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine! Thank you ...
03/29/2022

We are thrilled to have our master plan project featured in April's issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine! Thank you to Merritt Chase and all of our wonderful collaborators.

03/14/2022

In partnership with Holden Arboretum, MTC is hosting tree arborists and yoga classes. Flow and Grow will be on March 24th from 4-5:30 p.m at the Dunham Tavern. This class intends to provide community-level education covering many tree topics that align with our current neighborhood initiative. Shelli Reeves, a former Community Engagement Specialist at Ideastream, has organized events and conversations about health topics and promoted healthcare resources in Cleveland neighborhoods. We invite you to learn more about the importance of growing our tree canopy and enjoy a fun Yoga flow conducted by Shelli Reeves.

Register now: https://bit.ly/3MRLoQ0

If you can stand the sight of more snow, have a look at this photograph of Dunham taken in 1898!
01/26/2022

If you can stand the sight of more snow, have a look at this photograph of Dunham taken in 1898!

12/04/2021

MidTown’s Dunham Tavern Museum is moving a small, late 1800’s building from one side of its property to the other as the first step in a large effort to integrate its entire campus back into the community.

Tomorrow at Dunham!
11/09/2021

Tomorrow at Dunham!

Join us for an engaging in-person panel discussing inclusive entrepreneurship in the Cleveland ecosystem.

Fall foliage has begun to pop!
11/01/2021

Fall foliage has begun to pop!

10/29/2021

Over the last two years, we have had the pleasure of working on our Tree Canopy Initiative, and thanks to the Cuyahoga County Healthy Tree Canopy Grant as well as the generous contribution from the Mandel Foundation, we have funding to plant 175 trees per year over the next two years. So, on November 6th, 2021, MidTown will host our first community tree planting and sustainability retreat in which we will partner with The Davey Tree Expert Company, Dunham Tavern Museum, Rid-All Green Partnership, Birthing Beautiful Communities, The Holden Arboretum, Twelve Literary Arts, and Hough Youth Advisory Board to provide sustainability education, take part in fun activities and learn about exciting environmental work that’s happening in our backyard as well as around the city to help make our neighborhoods greener! The event will be from 12-3 p.m. and lunch will be provided.

The Fall Festival starts NOW! Come make something with Upcycle Parts Shop ☺️ in the Barn today 2:00-400!
10/24/2021

The Fall Festival starts NOW! Come make something with Upcycle Parts Shop ☺️ in the Barn today 2:00-400!

Earlier this month Dunham was thrilled to receive the 2021 Neighborhood Vision Award at MidTown's Annual Meeting!
10/19/2021

Earlier this month Dunham was thrilled to receive the 2021 Neighborhood Vision Award at MidTown's Annual Meeting!

Join us today in the Barn with MidTown Cleveland, Inc.!
10/07/2021

Join us today in the Barn with MidTown Cleveland, Inc.!

Join us TODAY at Dunham Tavern on Oct. 7th at 5 PM for Innovation Intersection with JumpStart and Central Kitchen! This FREE in-person event will host JumpStart Inc.’s Chief Advancement and Relationships Officer Teleangé Thomas and Central Kitchen’s Director of Client Development and Education David Miller to discuss the role of innovation in their respective fields.

Follow the link in our bio to register!

We enjoyed such a fabulous Summer Soiree, "A Country A'Fair" on September 25! Delicious BBQ from Smoky Sweet Soul, a for...
10/07/2021

We enjoyed such a fabulous Summer Soiree, "A Country A'Fair" on September 25! Delicious BBQ from Smoky Sweet Soul, a fortune teller, jugglers from Wizbang, blacksmith demonstrations with Metal Works by Dan Cole, acoustic tunes from The Welcome Table , popcorn, cotton candy, and showstopping blues tunes from the Sam Hooper Group! Many thanks to all our sponsors, especially our evening's honoree DigitalC!

Thanks to the Architect's Newspaper for this lovely article about our work with Merritt Chase and the master plan!
10/04/2021

Thanks to the Architect's Newspaper for this lovely article about our work with Merritt Chase and the master plan!

The Dunham Tavern Museum is the oldest building in Cleveland, and now the house museum will be getting a massive community-centered overhaul

A big thanks to our volunteers on behalf of KeyBank's Neighbors Make a Difference Day! The hot day didn't deter this cre...
09/14/2021

A big thanks to our volunteers on behalf of KeyBank's Neighbors Make a Difference Day! The hot day didn't deter this crew who worked all afternoon on the grounds getting the place spruced up. THANK YOU!

What a fun evening picking apples in the orchard! We upcycled t-shirts into bags for collecting apples, enjoyed musical ...
08/31/2021

What a fun evening picking apples in the orchard! We upcycled t-shirts into bags for collecting apples, enjoyed musical performances, snacks, crafts, and even learned to work an apple grinder! Thanks to all who came out and to the folks at Invigorate Hough and Lena Boswell for helping plan the event.

Read all about our exciting plans for the Dunham campus!
08/30/2021

Read all about our exciting plans for the Dunham campus!

The Dunham Tavern Museum has finished a new master plan aimed at opening up a once stuffy institution and turning it into an inclusive new 'central park' for Cleveland's Midtown neighborhood.

Apple picking at Dunham this evening!
08/30/2021

Apple picking at Dunham this evening!

Events coming up!
Friday 8/20 & Saturday 8/21 4-6pm
Invigorate Gallery outdoors
6500 Hough Ave

Monday 8/30 5-7pm
Dunham Tavern Museum orchard

ArtCycle with Lena
--bring empty, rinsed plastic bottles

Vertical Tea Garden with Antunesia

Live Music & Open Mic with Accompanist Adam
--request a song or bring an mp3 karaoke track

Apple Harvest
--bring a bag for all the apples you'll eat!

Community BBQ here in the Dunham Tavern Museum Barn organized by the MidTown Mixtape Committee to celebrate MidTown Clev...
08/26/2021

Community BBQ here in the Dunham Tavern Museum Barn organized by the MidTown Mixtape Committee to celebrate MidTown Cleveland, Inc. Cleveland Walls! mural festival. The rain stopped and we were treated to one gorgeous sunset!

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6709 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH
44103

Opening Hours

Wednesday 1pm - 4pm
Sunday 1pm - 4pm

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(216) 431-1060

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A place for history, nature, and community in urban life.

Once a stagecoach stop on Buffalo-Cleveland-Detroit post road, today Dunham Tavern Museum is the oldest building still standing on its original site in the city of Cleveland. The 1824 home of Rufus and Jane Pratt Dunham in MidTown Cleveland is a designated Cleveland Landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In stark contrast to the cityscape that surrounds it, the museum and its gardens offer a glimpse of history and insight into the lifestyles of early Ohio settlers and travelers.

The Dunham Tavern became a social and political center facilitating parties, turkey shoots and meetings of the Whig party. The Dunham’s sold the Tavern in 1853, but it continued to serve as a tavern until 1857 when a banker bought it for his home. Amazingly, this residence stood through Euclid Avenue’s rise and fall. Stagecoach stops to car dealerships, Millionaire’s Row to urban renewal . . . Dunham Tavern has remained.

In the 1930s the Tavern served as studio space for a group of WPA artists and printmakers. The Society of Collectors, organized in the early 1930s, became interested in the historic site and eventually took responsibility for the structure, opening it to the public in 1941. Dunham Tavern is now a nonprofit museum supported by individual donations, grants, sponsorships and the generosity of the Museum’s members and visitors.

A stroll along our Heritage Trail adds another dimension to your visit. Surrounded by industrial and commercial development, the museum is a reminder of the Western Reserve as it once was. Our 900 ft. path features depictions of early settler life along with a stagecoach, log cabin, and community gardens featuring 1800s landscaping and local vegetables.


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Spots are still open for Lovelines: Stories of Family and Community featuring the Cleveland Association of Black Storytellers! Join us this Saturday from 10:30 - 12, $10 with scholarships available! Program will be held at the Dunham Tavern Museum! Register today at lakeerieink.org/register!
4 DAYS LEFT to register for Lovelines: Stories of Family and Community featuring the Cleveland Association of Black Storytellers! Join us this Saturday from 10:30 - 12, $10 with scholarships available! Program will be held at the Dunham Tavern Museum Register today at lakeerieink.org/register!
One week warning for Lake Erie Ink's oral storytelling program, Lovelines: Stories of Family and Community! Join the Cleveland Association of Black Storytellers next Saturday at the Dunham Tavern Museum from 10:30 - 12! Register today at lakeerieink.org! Open to youth of any ages and their families!
We are only a couple weeks away from Lovelines: Stories of Family and Community, a family oral storytelling program perfect for the whole family! Join Lake Erie Ink and Cleveland Association of Black Storytellers November 20th at the Dunham Tavern Museum! See you there! Learn more at https://lakeerieink.org/stories
We had a great time at our last Weekend Ink workshop, Stories of Suspense. If you missed it, don't worry - our next Weekend Ink workshop, Lovelines: Stories of Family and Community still has spots open and will be held at the Dunham Tavern Museum! Register today for this oral storytelling program led by the Cleveland Association of Black Storytellers. Register today at lakeerieink.org/register!
Over the last two years, we have had the pleasure of working on our Tree Canopy Initiative, and thanks to the Cuyahoga County Healthy Tree Canopy Grant as well as the generous contribution from the Mandel Foundation, we have funding to plant 175 trees per year over the next two years. So, on November 6th, 2021, MidTown will host our first community tree planting and sustainability retreat in which we will partner with The Davey Tree Expert Company, Dunham Tavern Museum, Rid-All Green Partnership, Birthing Beautiful Communities, The Holden Arboretum, Twelve Literary Arts, and Hough Youth Advisory Board to provide sustainability education, take part in fun activities and learn about exciting environmental work that’s happening in our backyard as well as around the city to help make our neighborhoods greener! The event will be from 12-3 p.m. and lunch will be provided.
October 21-24, 2021
Ohio Festivals

The big festival this weekend is the Circleville Pumpkin Show which is a huge event with tons of vendors, entertainment and pumpkin food galore (get there early)!

Other festivals to consider this weekend include.....the Garford Arts Fest in Elyria.....the Fall Festival at the Dunham Tavern Museum in Cleveland..and the various farm festivals at.....Young's Jersey Dairy (Yellow Springs)..... Mapleside Farms (Brunswick)..... Heritage Farms (Peninsula)..... The Farm at Walnut Creek (Sugarcreek).. Burnham Orchards (Berlin Heights)..... White House Fruit Farm (Canfield).. Red Wagon Farm (Columbia Station)..... and Nickajack Farms (North Lawrence).

There are also plenty of craft fairs this weekend, which will continue through the holiday season.

For a full list of Ohio festivals and craft fairs, lists of festivals in other states, festival reviews and a map of festival cities, please check out this week's post at...

https://ohiofestivals.net/upcoming-festival-102421/

Have a great weekend and stay safe!
Cleveland Foundation Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Lillian Kuri discusses community connections and green space with Dunham Tavern Museum and The Architect's Newspaper:
Thank you to all our performers and those who came out for last Saturday's Opera For All concert at the Dunham Tavern Museum! We had fantastic attendance on such a beautiful summer day.

We're also excited to announce that the Cleveland Opera Theater is putting on another event this month! Our next event will be at Triangle Park in Chagrin Falls on Saturday, September 18th at 7p. Stay tuned for more details!

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We're almost there! Come out and see our next free Opera for All concert this Saturday, August 28th at 7p. Bring your family and friends, some chairs and blankets, and a picnic basket to hear some beautiful melodies outside at the Dunham Tavern Museum. To make your day even more special, consider purchasing front-row seating (chair and margaritas provided) through our VIP Donor Ticket (https://secure.givelively.org/event/cleveland-opera-theater/dunham-tavern-2021/dunham-tavern-museum-vip-2021) We can't wait to see you there!


Meet our emcee, Charles Edward McGuire. Charles will be hosting our Opera for All concert this Saturday, August 28th at 7p at the Dunham Tavern Museum. Just bring a blanket or chair and a picnic, and sit down to enjoy our free outdoor show! We'll see you there!

Charles Edward McGuire teaches the introduction to music history course all conservatory students take in their first semester at Oberlin Conservatory, as well as courses on Romantic music history, Mozart, Beethoven, the symphony, and film music. In his classes, he strives to teach students how to use musicology to inform their interpretations of musical works, communicate with their peers and audiences about music, and build their own comprehensive knowledge of music history to aid their love of music.

He has presented papers at numerous international musicological conferences and is a frequently invited speaker for panel discussions and pre-concert talks. Mr. McGuire holds a B.A. and a B.Mus. from both Oberlin College and the Oberlin Conservatory, and an A.M. and Ph.D. in music from Harvard University. He has taught in various capacities at Harvard University, Ball State University, the University of Maryland at College Park, and James Madison University. He returned to Oberlin in 2001.

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Opera for All is back! Dunham Tavern Museum is hosting our next Opera for All summer concert on Saturday, August 28th. Bring chairs, blankets, and your whole family for a free outdoor concert at 7 pm.

Priority VIP seating is available for a $50 (per seat) donation. VIP seating can be reserved by contacting Megan Thompson at [email protected].

Location: Dunham Tavern Museum, 6709 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44103 (http://dunhamtavern.org/)