Books

HUDSON OF LONG AGO: Progress of Hudson During the Past Century, Personal Reminiscences of an Aged Pioneer : Reminiscences, Written in 1897
By Lora Case

This book is a important resource for knowing about life in Hudson as Case writes beginning with his family coming to Hudson in 1814, daily events and early pioneers.

Publisher: The Hudson Library and Historical Society (1963)

Hudson, Ohio and the Underground Railroad

By James Caccomo

Pelster quotes Lora Case as saying “it was rare for fugitives to come through his own station near the town of Streetsboro, though his childhood home at Case Barlow Farm frequently sheltered fugitives in the woods behind the house: According to James Caccomo’s book Hudson, Ohio and the Underground Railroad, “4 routes entered Hudson from the south and from the east (Randolph, Ravenna and Cuyahoga Falls) with only 2 exiting to the north and the northwest (Bedford and Cleveland)”. As a junction, Hudson was the second busiest station in Summit County. Pelster writes that Hudson’s central location had made it highly suitable as a terminal on the underground facility and the foundation population of the town, fostered in the culture of the Western Reserve College produced with hands and homes for working in support of the freedom of the Negro.

Hudson: A Survey of Historic Buildings In an Ohio Town

By The Hudson Heritage Association and Edited By Lois Newkirk

Beginning in 1985, Lois Newkirk photographed, researched, and edited an extensive survey of Hudson's historic houses, a five year labor of love. The resulting book, Hudson: A Survey of Historic Buildings in an Ohio Town, is the definitive resource on historic homes and architecture in Hudson. Thomas L. Vince wrote the introduction to her book. Lois lived in Hudson for the 48 years. She was a leading figure in working to help preserve and recognize Hudson's historic homes and architectural legacy.

Hudson's Heritage: A Chronicle of the Founding and the Flowering of the Village of Hudson, Ohio

By Grace Goulder Izant and Preface by Thomas L. Vince

Hudson is in many ways a typical village of the Western Reserve, that stretch of northern Ohio formerly claimed by Connecticut and settled in the early nineteenth century by adventurous Yankees. It retains its central New England village green, much of its Greek Revival and Federal architecture, its history as a pioneer settlement, farm center, small town, and commuter haven. It is special, though, in the pride and care it takes of its historical heritage. Today the village is a showplace of its region, and its history is the particularized history of the Western Reserve.

Hudson, Ohio
By Jane Ann Turzillo

Hudson, Ohio features vintage photographs drawn from the archives of the Hudson Library and Historical Society. Author Jane Ann Turzillo takes the reader from 1799 to 1958 by way of images of the Brown family, polar explorer Lincoln Ellsworth, the Brewster Store, Hudson House, and the Loomis Observatory.

Abolitionists, Copperheads and Colinizers in Hudson & the Western Reserve
By Mae Pelster

Hudsonite Mae Pelster’s book Abolitionists, Copperhead and Colonizers in Hudson and the Western Reserve describes the Hudson years from 1789 to 1862. According to the publisher, The History Press, the founders of the Connecticut Western Reserve laid the foundation of the communities to come that would reflects an idealized vision of human character in their sense of community, their emphasis on faith that was tolerant of the beliefs of others and their appreciation of the importance of equal access to public education and democratic government.