Introduction to Pepper Pike, Ohio
Pepper Pike History
The area, which was settled around 1815, was named in honor of the Pepper family who settled along the Woodland Pike and used it for farming purposes. However, some believe that it was named because of the presence of pepper trees. When Orange Township was established in 1820, Pepper Pike was part of it. The community was primarily rural until the 20th century and cheese-making and dairy farming were the principal industries. In 1924, Pepper Pike was incorporated as a village, and in 1970, it was officially granted the status of a city.
Pepper Pike and Nearby Attractions
- James A. Garfield National Historic Site
- Cleveland Museum of Natural History
- South Chagrin Reservation
- Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
- Western Reserve Historical Society Museum
- Cleveland Lakefront State Park
Things To Do In Pepper Pike
The estate of the 20th President of the United States, James A. Garfield, is now a historic site near Pepper Pike. The Cleveland Museum of Art houses collections of Asian, African, medieval, contemporary, and decorative arts. At the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, visitors can see millions of specimens related to archaeology, astronomy, geology, paleontology, anthropology, botany, zoology, and wildlife biology. The city also offers easy access to the Euclid Creek Reservation, Bedford Reservation, and South Chagrin Reservation. These areas include nature trails, picnic areas, arboretums, and forested parks. Opportunities to play golf are available at the Shawnee Hills Golf Course, which is part of the Bedford Reservation. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Six Flags Worlds of Adventure, Cleveland Botanical Garden, and Holden Arboretum are other popular attractions in the area.
Pepper Pike Transportation
The closest major airport is Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport.
Pepper Pike Higher Education
Pepper Pike is home to the Ursuline College. John Carroll University, Notre Dame College of Ohio, and Case Western Reserve University are close by.