Our History • The 1876 Farmhouse • "Where Past Meets Present" • Near Akron Ohio
The Copley area, near Akron Ohio, was part of the original Western Reserve Territory of 1807. In 1876 James and Sarah Moore built the first home on the current site of the Whimsical Pig and began farming nearly 100 acres. In 1910 Lewis and Naomi Brenner purchased the farm and immediately added a ‘second home’ to a common wall of the 1876 farmhouse in order to better accommodate their large family of 8 children. For nearly 50 years the Brenner family ran the livestock farm, an orchard and at times a meat market, until the land was sold off for the Brenner Heights housing development in the late 1950s. The home, now on approximately two acres of the remaining farmland, is still referred to by many longtime area residents as the ‘Old Brenner Farm’.
Ron and Susan Bishop purchased the "combined homes" in 1995 with an eye on restoration. The initial plan was to reconfigure the structure over time into a home suited for a contemporary life style, while at the same time retaining a warm, welcoming farmhouse period feel. Through years of research and loving attention to detail, the couple has combined Ron’s carpentry skills with Susan’s foresight and sense of decorating to restore and transform both the exterior and interior of the residence.
The view of the home today, as one passes, reflects many similarities with the Brenner farmhouse of years past. Windows that were boarded over were reopened and others added to provide more natural light into the home. Two distinct front porches were combined into one. Country Victorian trim was added for visual interest. An addition was added to the north end to create an attached garage, first floor laundry, half bath and second entry. Living space has been extended to the outdoors with the addition of a patio and deck.
Redesigning the interior space required great care as both Susan and Ron wanted to protect the traditional forms and functions of the house while blending the warmth of the past with the convenience of today. Extensive work was done so that there was a seamless flow between the two original structures in order that the home remained true to its farmhouse beginnings. The present home is an example of livable preservation beautifully realized.
Now the final goal has been realized…opening the home to others as the Whimsical Pig Bed and Breakfast at Wolf Creek near Akron, Ohio. This small niche bed and breakfast offers guests a relaxing getaway featuring large guest rooms with luxurious bedding and spacious bathrooms. Multiple areas to relax and unwind are available throughout the house, including the parlor with wood burning fireplace, study and garden patio. Guests will start their day with a home cooked breakfast and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and cheese in the afternoon.
Bed and Breakfast at Wolf Creek
It All Began in 1876.....
The History of The Whimsical Pig Bed & Breakfast at Wolf Creek
"Let me live by the side of the road and be a friend to man." ~ Samuel Walter Foss
The Whimsical Pig B&B's lodging accommodations are conveniently located near the metropolitan areas of Akron, Canton, and Cleveland and only 3-5 minutes from interstate access to I-76 & I-77. We are 15 minutes from downtown Akron and The University of Akron, a short drive of 20 minutes to the Akron Canton Airport and approximately 35 minutes to Canton, Cleveland and historic Medina. The Cleveland Metropolitan Airport or a day trip of sightseeing in Amish Country are 45-55 minutes away.
This page was last updated: October 11, 2017
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