Moses Warren House

At an age that most men of his era did not reach, and when many men today are considering retirement, Revolutionary War veteran Moses Warren (1760-1851) left his native Connecticut for pioneer life in the Western Reserve. In 1815, at the age of 55, Warren, his wife, and their four children made the nearly 600 mile trip in seven weeks on a horse-drawn wagon. They stayed for a time with Moses' son Daniel, who had arrived in 1810, becoming the first settler in what became known as Warrensville Township. An earlier visit with Daniel had convinced Moses to take advantage of the cheap land and good soil in the wilderness of the Western Reserve.

In 1816, Moses Warren paid $456.00 for 154 acres of land. "Lot Number Fifty Three in Township Number seven in the Eleventh Range of Townships in the Connecticut Western Reserve," as the deed described it, sat just south of Kinsman (now Chagrin) Road, one of the area's earliest trails. After spending the first year in a log cabin, Warren built a frame house which still stands today.

Life on the frontier required men to use the land to fulfill nearly all of their needs. Warren used sandstone from a quarry near Palmerston Road for the house's foundation and lumber from the surrounding forests for its frame. He channeled a spring, rerouting it beneath his cellar to provide refrigeration. Warren grew corn and potatoes on his land, his orchards were loaded with fresh fruit, and he raised livestock that provided meat, milk, and labor.

In addition to farming, Warren served as an officer in Warrensville's town government in the 1830s and 1840s. He also served as postmaster and helped organize one of the area's first churches in 1831. He died in 1851 at the age of 91, having seen the wild frontier he helped settle some 35 years earlier turn into a prosperous farming region whose crops fed people across the United States.

Moses Warren's son sold the house to John Palmer in 1865. Palmer and his descendants worked the farm on the property until the 1920s, when the 154 acres were divided into smaller lots to take advantage of the real estate boom taking place in the fast-developing suburb of Shaker Heights. The house remains standing at 3535 Ingleside Road, however, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. It is the oldest existing house in Shaker Heights and became a City of Shaker Heights Landmark on August 29, 1977.

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View from Ingleside Road

View from Ingleside Road

In 1817, Moses Warren built his house about 300 feet south of Chagrin Boulevard. That same year, Chagrin was planked with wood, making it a more reliable and popular road for travelers. The main entrance to the Warren house still faces Chagrin Boulevard, but the development of Shaker Heights has led to a number of houses being built in front of what was once an unobstructed view of the road. Image courtesy of the Shaker Historical Society View File Details Page

Palmer Family

Palmer Family

In 1865, John Palmer purchased Moses Warren's house and land from Warren's son, Moses Warren Jr. Palmer and his son, Charles A. Palmer, farmed the land. The land was sold and subdivided into smaller parcels in the 1920s as Shaker Heights developed into a residential suburb. Image courtesy of the Shaker Historical Society View File Details Page

A Drink of Water

A Drink of Water

The back of this undated photograph reads "Taken in Palmer House front yard on Ingleside Road." One of the women pictured is Mrs. Chase Palmer. The Palmer family purchased Moses Warren's land and house in the 1860s. Notice the expanse of farmland in the background. Throughout Shaker Heights, residential neighborhoods exist on what were once family farms. Image courtesy of the Shaker Historical Society View File Details Page

Moses Warren Jr., 1893

Moses Warren Jr., 1893

Moses Warren Jr. (1803-1896) is pictured on his 90th birthday. In 1815, Warren Jr. left his native New Hampshire and moved with his family to what later became Shaker Heights, growing up in the house his father Moses Warren Sr. built facing Chagrin Boulevard in 1817. As an adult, Warren Jr., worked in real estate, acquiring and developing land south of "Doan's Corners" (the intersection of Euclid Avenue and East 105th Street). He lived with his wife and children in a house near the location of today's Baldwin Reservoir. After his retirement in 1879, Warren could often be found in establishments on East 105th Street, regaling audiences with tales from his youth and about Cleveland's pioneer days. Image courtesy of the Shaker Historical Society View File Details Page

Group Photo

Group Photo

This undated photograph shows a number of adults, children, and animals standing in front of the Moses Warren House. Shutters cover the windows, and the two front porches seen in later images have yet to be erected. It is possible that this is the family of John Palmer, who purchased the house from Moses Warren Jr. in 1865. Image courtesy of the Shaker Historical Society View File Details Page

Land Deed, 1816

Land Deed, 1816

This is a section of the deed granted to Moses Warren Sr. in 1816. Gaius Pease of Connecticut (most likely related to Connecticut Land Company surveyor Seth Pease, who accompanied Moses Cleaveland to the Western Reserve in 1796) sold Warren 154 acres of land for $456.00. Specifically, Warren purchased "Lot Number Fifty Three in Township Number seven in the Eleventh Range of Townships in the Connecticut Western Reserve," a plot of land running along what is now Chagrin Boulevard in Shaker Heights. Image courtesy of the Shaker Historical Society View File Details Page

National Register Ceremony, 1974

National Register Ceremony, 1974

The Moses Warren House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and became a City of Shaker Heights Landmark on August 29, 1977. Image courtesy of the Shaker Historical Society View File Details Page

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Michael Rotman, “Moses Warren House,” Cleveland Historical, accessed July 20, 2017, https://clevelandhistorical.org/items/show/364.
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