Hudson & Northeast Ohio
A Rich History
Western Reserve Academy's tradition of forward thinking is rooted in the rich history of Hudson and Northeast Ohio. In 1787, David Hudson led an expedition through the Eastern forests and into the wilderness known as the Connecticut Western Reserve. By 1799, he had founded Hudson, and by 1806, he had finished construction of his family’s wooden farmhouse—later, a stop on the Underground Railroad.
A Great Place to Live
Today, Hudson is a vibrant, engaged community noted for combining small town appeal with modern city conveniences. WRA students are always welcome in the shops and restaurants of Hudson's First & Main Street district, which is located within short walking distance of campus. And Hudson's close proximity to Akron and Cleveland provides myriad cultural and educational opportunities for the WRA community.
The Cuyahoga Valley National Park system provides both recreation and solitude for residents of the Cleveland-Akron area. On weekends, WRA faculty enjoy bringing their families and students to the trails for hiking, biking and cross-country skiing; and Virginia Kendall Park is the perfect spot for an afternoon picnic. Meanwhile, our biology teachers (and their students!) will attest to the rich variety of animal and plant habitats found in the parks.
A Scholarly Community
Thirty-two colleges and universities are within 50 miles of the campus, including Case Western Reserve University, the University of Akron, Cleveland State University, John Carroll University, Kent State University, Notre Dame College, Ursuline College, Youngstown State University and the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEOUCOM). The region is also home to several world-renowned medical facilities, including The Cleveland Clinic, Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron.