German Central Farm

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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.

See Also


  1. Van Tassel, David D., and John J. Grabowski, eds. The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1996.