About This Place
Berea ( /bɨriːə/ bə-ree-ə) is a city in Cuyahoga County in the U.S. state of Ohio. It is a western suburb of Cleveland. The population was 19,093 at the 2010 census. Berea is home to Baldwin–Wallace College, as well as the training facility for the Cleveland Browns, and the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds.
Berea proclaims itself "The Grindstone Capital of the World". The town's symbol is a grindstone, a tribute to the many grindstones that came out of its quarries. Before concrete came into wide use, Berea dimension stone was an important construction material and huge amounts of it came from Berea. Several lakes in the area are former quarry pits that have been allowed to fill with water, including Baldwin Lake, Wallace Lake and Coe Lake.
John Baldwin named the city after the biblical Berea, after winning naming rights only by a coin flip. The town had a 50% chance of being named Tabor. The town was founded in 1836. Berea High School was the first high school, founded in 1882.