The Stone House was constructed by Scottish immigrant brothers Robert and David Cochran using local sandstone from a Sharon Formation quarry. The sandstone is a prominent feature of Twinsburg, exposed and beautifully weathered, in a number of areas within the community. Prior to the coming of Europeans to Ohio, prehistoric people occupied the sandstone outcrops, probably during hunting excursions to northern Ohio. Today, these rock ledges have gained notoriety for the unique plants and wildlife that inhabit the micro-environments created by the stone.
Grounds The grounds of the Stone House retain some aspects of our more recent agrarian time in Twinsburg. Concord Grapes still emerge each season, though the arbor has long since disappeared. Cultivated strawberries are scattered throughout the lawn as are some elderly fruit trees. Jerusalem Artichokes, a native sunflower of North America, were discovered in the backyard of the Stone House. This beautiful plant is being actively encouraged by transplanting its tubers for wildlife food and habitat. It was, in fact, a human food resource in our early society.
Gardens Also located on the grounds of the Stone House are 4 demonstration gardens. A pollinator garden, herb garden, native plant garden, and rain garden are available for examination by the public. Additionally, backyard wildlife habitat ideas have been created. A brush pile, log pile, and stone pile are a few of the examples of what homeowners could add to their backyards to provide homes for a variety of wildlife.
Parking Parking is limited at the Stone House, though unless a special program is taking place, visitors will find it adequate.
Meadow Trail From the parking lot, visitors can access the Meadow Trail, which is a 1 mile loop and is an excellent trail to enjoy when the insect pests are dominating the woods. In wintertime this is one of the coldest trails to hike - dress appropriately!
Sugarbush Trail The Meadow Trail allows a connection to the Sugarbush Trail, which is also 1 mile in length. It is managed by the Metro Parks and offers a wonderful view of a small tributary stream with falls, flowing into the Pond Brook drainage system. The name "Sugarbush" comes from the sugar maple trees that can be seen all along the trail. These trees are among the oldest in this particular woodlot, preserved by farm families as a source of maple sap for harvesting and cooking into maple syrup.