Join us for a walk on the Stark Parks Iron Horse Trail from Rodman Public Library through the former village of Freedom to the Mabel Hartzell Historical Home on Sunday, May 16. In case of rain, the walk will take place on May 23. We encourage social distancing while participating. You may begin the walk at either location, any time between 1-4 p.m.
Walk at your own pace along the 1 mile path. The path is paved and flat so all may enjoy the walk. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a mask. Water and light refreshments will be available.

Guides along the trail will explain highlights of Main Street, Mechanic, and the former village of Freedom. Participants are encouraged to bring their smart phones to listen to descriptions of various points of interest and see photos of how things used to look along the trail. The tour map and description are available from We encourage you to download the free app Clio for iOS or Android to benefit fully of the walk.

Walk Add-Ons

Tours of the Mabel Hartzell Historical Home and Alliance History Mini Museum will be available for a $5 entrance donation for those who would like to visit either or both facilities. A limit of 10 visitors will be allowed in the house at one time.

The Friends of Rodman Library will be offering a booksale from 1-4:30 p.m. in the library parking lot.

Additional Details

There is no charge to participate in the walk and reservations are not required. Parking will be available at Rodman Public Library and the Mabel Hartzell Historical Home. The tour will take approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes for the round trip walk.

Thank you to these fine Alliance businesses and individuals for sponsoring our stops:
  • Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Alliance Area Preservation Society
  • Alliance Historical Society
  • A-Town Burger and Brews
  • Carter’s Copy
  • Comprehensive Behavioral Health Associates
  • Elayne Dunlap
  • Friends of Rodman Library
  • Kathleen Purdy
  • Rock Salt and Nails
  • Sharer-Stirling-Skivolocke Funeral Home
  • Signature Salon
  • Wellspring Bible Church
Freedom Trail map