For nearly 50 years, the Summit County Home was a fixture in the lives of Munroe Falls residents. The Home, located on Route 91 south of South River Road, was an expansive brick building in a classic revival style.
From 1919 to 1970, the County Home was known as a hospital, a surgical center for unwed mothers, and a home for many disadvantaged groups: the poor, the senile, the mentally retarded, the developmentally disabled, the transient, and those addicted to alcohol.
As a result of a Huron County nursing home fire, legislation enacting a fire code for nursing homes was passed in 1963. In 1970, as a result of failed safety inspections at the facility, the county decided to close the home. The 203 remaining residents were transferred to other area homes.
For nearly ten years, the home remained empty; it was vandalized and allowed to deteriorate while county officials debated the fate of the building. It was finally demolished in 1980. Heather Knoll Nursing Home occupies the site today.
Included with this article are two photographs: one is an aerial photo of the Summit County Home in Munroe Falls, published in the Akron Beacon Journal in 1964. The second is of the 1988 monument honoring those buried in the Summit County Home cemetery.