~Hocking Hills Farm History ~

Paul ~ 1936


Ethel ~ 1960

Ralph ~ 1950

 The Smith family has owned Hocking Hills Farm since the early 1930's, when Clarence and Ethel Smith purchased it and named it Pleasant View Farm.  They operated it as a small dairy farm, producing the milk and eggs they needed for the family, some to sell and share with neighbors.  They also grew most of the food they needed to raise thier 2 sons, Ralph and Paul.  Ralph and Paul grew up on the farm and graduated from Benton High School, located in South Bloomingville.  Both Ralph and Paul moved north after graduation.  Ralph moved to the Lorain area and worked as an electrician. Paul settled in the Columbus area and worked as an union sheet metal worker until 1985.    

In the early 1980's, Paul returned to Pleasant View Farm and operated a Christmas tree farm, selling trees both wholesale and retail as a cut your own tree farm.  His wife, Betty, sold hand created wreaths, garland and grave blankets crafted from evergreen boughs.   Evidence of the tree farm can be seen by the many White and Scotch pines that continue to grow on the property.  He called this venture Smith's Tree Farm and sold trees from the early 1980's up until 2003. 

Never one to be idle for long, Paul decided in 2005 to open the farm to new generations when he established the Pleasant View Cottage and White Pine cabins.  Both were constructed with materials gathered from the farm whenever possible.  Paul and Ralph were both taught when growing up to re-use, recycle or make do whenever possible.  Paul took this to heart when building his new cabins.  He cut trees on the farm and had them prepared to use for the framing materials for both units, for the siding for the White Pine Cabin and the red oak hardwood floors on the main level of the Cottage.  

Paul truly loved Pleasant View Farm and felt it was a privilege to work the land.  He enjoyed all the farm had to offer, and was willing to accept the hard work and toil along with the rewards.  It was in the spirit of sharing and acceptance that he set his goal of offering the farm's beauty and solitude with his guests.    Today, his children and grandchildren are working to carry on this goal.

Original Farmhouse ~ 1953

Clarence ~ 1947

Ethel ~ 1899









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