German Central Farm
The German Central Farm is a recreational center for German Ohioans in Parma, Ohio.
Following World War I, a sizable number of German immigrants came to the United States of America. Several thousand of them settled in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1924, the Cleveland Germans established the German Central Organization. A social organization, this group intended to assist German immigrants with a social center, job placement assistance, and help with becoming American citizens. In 1926, the German Central Organization purchased three hundred acres of land in Parma, a suburb of Cleveland. This land became the German Central Farm, a recreation area for Cleveland's German population. Unfortunately, during World War II, some Ohioans, who were upset with the war, vandalized the site. At the start of the twenty-first century, German culture and institutions, including the German Central Farm, continue to thrive in Ohio.
- Van Tassel, David D., and John J. Grabowski, eds. The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1996.