Czechs in the City: The Czech-American Experience in Cleveland

Taborville | May 6, 2009

Taborville is located on the outer edge of Auburn Township. Taborville is a 110 acre community of ethnic Czechs. As a whole the community is still growing. The houses at Taborville started to appear around the twenties. The community has changed, and additional buildings have been built. The community was first founded for the DTJ, Worker’s Gymnastic Union. The founders were tailors from Prague. Taborville was originally a summer camp that turned into summer houses for some of the members.

People at one time were united due to their heritage, but not anymore. During our visit at the village one of the residents of the buildings came out to question Chris and I about what we were doing. She then discussed with us how she has lived there for forty-five years and her grandchildren are the sixth generation to have lived there. She was talking to Chris and I about changes going on around there. She was telling us that the town is becoming more and more diverse and less Czechs are living within the community. When she first started living in Taborville she received a lot of grief. Her last name is not Czech, and some of the Czech members of the community did not care for that. After a period of time the villagers started to have less problems with people being of Czech descent.

The community is very close knit. It seems everyone within the village knows everyone. Like all places they have their own problems, but they will get them resolved. It is a little odd that the people who run the meeting house for a business do not live within the village. It seems there are issues possibly developing between residents. The community is united about the idea of Czech Heritage, but it does not seem they are actually united. Since the community is becoming more diverse culturally they seem to be separating. The community was built up on one idea, that is no longer part of everyone within the community. From what the women told us was that not everyone goes to the Czech dinners held at the meeting house.

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2 Comments »

  1. Yes what time are the dinners what dates and what time I would like to go I live in North Royalton Ohio

    Comment by Jeanne Koehler — January 9, 2016 @ 5:06 pm

  2. Nice. post. Was just in Taborville yesterday for the harvest festival (Obzinky). My family has owned cottages there since the founding. Lovely place to have spent one’s summers as a kid!

    Comment by Joe Papp — August 15, 2016 @ 5:16 pm


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