Is there a list of Historical Markers located in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands?

The Ohio Historical Markers program encompasses 1,479 unique markers that tell the state’s history as written by its communities. There are more than 40 markers in the Lake Erie Shores & Islands alone. Markers are erected by local community sponsors in partnership with the Ohio History Connection and describe the people, places, things, and events of Ohio’s past. Here are a few of the most notable in the region, along with their official descriptions.

Magee Marsh Wildlife Area in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

Magee Marsh Wildlife Area in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

Huron
#16-22 The Huron Playhouse – Ohio’s oldest continuing summer theatre, the Huron Playhouse has been housed at McCormick Middle School for its entire history. Dr. Frederick G. Walsh (1915-1999) of the Bowling Green State University (BGSU) Speech Department founded the theatre in 1949. Huron met Walsh’s expectations for an attractive site for the playhouse, and Huron Schools Superintendent R.L. McCormick (1904-1978) offered the use of this school. The curtain opened on the first Huron Playhouse production, Norman Krasna’s hit Broadway comedy John Loves Mary, on June 29, 1949.

Lakeside
#15-62 Lakeside – “The Chautauqua of Lake Erie” – Established in 1873, Lakeside is a pioneer of the American Chautauqua Movement, one of the greatest revival movements in United States history which flourished in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Founded by the Methodist Church, Lakeside is one of the few existing Chautauqua communities that remain and thrive today.

Marblehead
#6-62 The Keeper’s House – Built in 1822, this native limestone structure was the home of Benajah Wolcott, first keeper of the Marblehead Lighthouse (originally called the Sandusky Bay Light), and his second wife, Rachel Miller Wolcott. Benajah maintained the lighthouse from 1822 until his death ten years later. After Benajah’s passing the U.S. Government appointed Rachel as the keeper, making her the first female lighthouse keeper on the Great Lakes. The building is the oldest known residence still standing in Ottawa County and is a fine example of a “hall-and-parlor house,” an early American home design.

Milan
#20-22 Birthplace of Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931) – One of America’s most prolific and important inventors, Thomas Alva Edison was born in this house in 1847. Designed by his father, Samuel Edison, a shingle maker by trade, this small gabled brick cottage was built in 1841. Though the Edisons moved to Port Huron, Michigan, in 1854, when he was seven, Edison cherished the memories of his early boyhood here and acquired the home from his sister’s family in 1906. Edison’s daughter Madeleine Edison Sloane opened the home to the public as a memorial to the great inventor in 1947, the centennial of his birth. It became a registered National Historic Landmark in 1965.

Oak Harbor
#12-62 Magee Marsh Wildlife Area: A Feature of the Great Black Swamp – A dense swamp forest roughly the size of the state of Connecticut once stretched across this region of Ohio and Indiana. A remnant of ancient Lake Maumee, this dense, soggy flatland supported abundant waterfowl and wildlife, but blocked travel and settlement and remained largely uninhabited until it was cleared and drained for agriculture between 1860 and 1885. This marsh and other scatter remnants are all that remain of the Great Black Swamp. Managed for a variety of wetland wildlife, Magee is one of the premier bird watching sites in North America, with more than 300 species.

Port Clinton #2-62 Johnson’s Island – In 1861 the United States Army established a prisoner of war camp on Johnson’s Island, approximately 1 mile south of this point. The camp, which housed captured Confederate officers, was maintained until 1865 when it was dismantled. The camp cemetery contains the graves of 206 men who died as a result of disease, wounds, or by execution while incarcerated.

Put-in-Bay #9-62 South Bass Island Light – Constructed and first lit in 1897, the South Bass Island Light was in continuous operation until 1962 when the U. S. Coast Guard built an automated light tower to replace it. Significant for its contribution to transportation and commerce on Lake Erie, the South Bass Island Light was built to safely guide vessels through the crowded South Passage. Although many light stations were constructed with a dwelling as a separate structure, the keeper’s dwelling of the South Bass Light was attached to the 60-foot tower. The dwelling was designed in the Queen Anne style with red brick laid in Flemish bond. Outbuildings, a barn and oil house, were built in 1899. In 1967, The Ohio State University acquired the property for support of the F. T. Stone Laboratory programs for research, education, and outreach. South Bass Island Light was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.

Sandusky #17-22 Cedar Point – Cedar Point became a popular beach resort in the late 1870s, when visitors traveled to the peninsula by steamboat from Sandusky. The Grand Pavilion (1888), the oldest building in the park, dates from this era. Promoter George Boeckling formed the Cedar Point Pleasure Resort Company in 1897 and vastly expanded the resort’s attractions. During the first decade of the 1900s, he built the lagoons, an amusement circle, and several hotels, including the landmark Breakers in 1905. The Coliseum, opened in 1906, became the centerpiece of the park and hosted many of the famous big bands through the Depression and World War II years. In the late 1950s, Cedar Point began its transformation into a modern amusement park.

You can read more about Ohio’s historical markers and find a complete list of them at http://www.remarkableohio.org/. A lot of visitors make a hobby out of seeking out historical markers during their vacations. Which ones do you want to check out?

Where can I enjoy fireworks during the Fourth of July in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands?

Fireworks display at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio.

Fireworks display at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio

July 3-4, 2015
4th of July Celebration
Cedar Point, Sandusky
419.627.2350
10:30 pm

July 3, 2015
Independence Day Celebration
Along the Riverbank, Downtown Oak Harbor
419.898.0479
A spectacular fireworks display at dusk.

July 4, 2015
Various locations, Port Clinton
Fireworks begin at dusk. Best viewing area is Waterworks Park.
419.707.9492

July 4, 2015
4th of July Fireworks
Lakeside Dock, Lakeside
866.952.5374
At approximately 9:45 pm or dusk, fireworks will offer a spectacular finale to the day (gate fees apply).

July 4, 2015
Fourth of July Fireworks!
Put-in-Bay
419.285.2832
Spectacular fireworks at dark (10 pm). Fireworks display over the downtown harbor; great views from Perry’s Monument and downtown.

July 4, 2015
Fireworks Cruise
Goodtime I, Sandusky
800.446.3140
Enjoy fireworks from the peaceful waters of Lake Erie. Call to make your reservation today.

July 4, 2015
Red, White & Blues Bang
Huron Boat Basin, Huron
10:30 pm

Fourth of July Fireworks

Celebrate the Fourth of July with these fireworks displays scheduled in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands region:

July 3, 2012
Oak Harbor Independence Day Celebration
Along the Riverbank in Downtown Oak Harbor
419.898.0479
Food, entertainment, Duck Race on the Portage River, kids games, 50/50 drawing, beer tent, and more all followed by a spectacular fireworks display at 10 pm.

July 4, 2012
Fireworks Display

Cedar Point Amusement Park, Sandusky
Excellent fireworks display. The best viewing areas include: Jackson Street Pier, Battery Marina, and Shoreline Park.

July 4, 2012
Fireworks!
Port Clinton
Fireworks beginning at 10 pm. Best viewing area is Waterworks Park.

July 4, 2012
4th of July Fireworks
Lakeside Dock, Lakeside
419.798.4461
lakesideohio.com
At approximately 9:45 pm, or dusk, fireworks will offer a spectacular finale to the day (gate fees apply).

July 4, 2012
Fourth of July Fireworks!
Put-in-Bay
The island business owners and Friends of the Bay will sponsor a spectacular fireworks program at dark. Fireworks display over the downtown harbor. Great views from Perry’s Monument and downtown.

July 4, 2012
Lake Erie Fireworks Cruise
Sawmill Creek Resort, Huron
Enjoy 4th of July fireworks (weather permitting) aboard the Sawmill Explorer. $12.95/person.

July 4, 2012
Fireworks Cruise
Goodtime I – Jackson Street Pier, Sandusky
4th of July Fireworks Cruise on board the Goodtime I. Departs Sandusky at 8:30 pm and will return a half hour after the show ends. Tickets are $15/person; children under 5 are free.

If you haven’t had your fill of fireworks for the year, check out the amazing fireworks display at 10:15 pm on Friday the 13th at the Huron Boat Basin during the Huron Riverfest.

Are there any local farm markets in the area?

The Lake Erie Shores & Islands provides locals and visitors the opportunity to purchase regionally produced goods. From fresh fruits and vegetables to homemade jam and honey, there’s sure to be something for everyone!

Farmers Market
Adams Street Park, Port Clinton
This market provides the community with access to a wide variety of fresh, local, in-season farm produce and other locally made products as well as high quality handmade crafts in historic downtown Port Clinton. Saturdays from 9 am-12 pm, June – September.

Farmer’s Market
Fresh vegetables and fruits direct from the farm, as well as many other popular items. Wednesdays from 3-6 pm (corner of Jackson & West Market sts) and Saturdays from 8 am-12 pm (corner of Hancock & East Market sts), June – October.

Farmers’ Market
Walnut Ave., Lakeside
In a continued effort to promote health and wellness, Lakeside hosts a twice-weekly Farmers’ Market during the season. Find fresh produce, flowers, honey, herbs, teas, jams and homemade baked goods. Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 am-12 pm, June 21 – September 2.

First Federal Farmers Market
Huron Boat Basin, 330 Main St., Huron
Come out and buy the freshest produce around! Thursdays from 3:30-6:30 pm, July 14 – October 27.

Main Street Vermilion’s Farmers Market
Victory Park, corner of Main & Ohio sts., Vermilion
Everything is locally grown or made. Features organic fruits and vegetables, range fed meats, honey, vinegars, soaps, local art and jewelry and much more. Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm, July 16 – September 24.

Put-in-Bay Farmer’s Market
Put-in-Bay Airport Terminal Parking Lot, Langram Rd., Put-in-Bay
All local, seasonal produce. Sweet corn, melons, onions, peppers, peaches and many more fruits and vegetables. Saturdays from 8 am-12 pm, July 23 – September 24.

Are there any pick your own/orchards in the area?

Rather than buy a basket of fruit stacked up by the register, some prefer to go into the fields and pick their own. Given the abundant orchards and farm markets in the Lake Erie Shores & Islands region, the option to do so is readily available.

A. B. Phillips & Sons Fruit Farm, located at 30 E. Main St. in Berlin Heights has sweet and sour cherries, peaches in September, raspberries and apples in September and October, depending on the crop of course. You may find that apples and boxed pears available during the off-season. The fruit farm is open Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm and Sun 12pm – 6pm. To contact, please call 419.588.2329 or 800.205.7062.

Apple Hill Market
The Apple Hill Market is located on the corner of SR 113 and Vermilion Rd. in Amherst and is open year round. Cherries are available in June and July and you’ll find delicious, juicy apples in mid-September and October.

Bergman Orchards
Bergman Orchards has three convenient locations to help serve you; one in Lakeside, another in Marblehead and a third in Port Clinton. They offer a wide variety of homegrown fruit and vegetables and are open daily, April – December, 8am – 8pm.
Burnham Orchards
Burnham Orchards
Burnham Orchards, is a family owned and operated farm, providing great tasting fruits and vegetables along with a fun experience that includes activities for people of all ages. Pick your own is available in the summer and fall, however, due to its popularity, you may want to join their mailing list to receive a post card indicating the start of it. Burnham Orchards is open year round; please call for specific hours. They are located on SR 113 in Berlin Heights.

Enderle’s is located at 756 River Rd. in Huron. Pick your own is available in the summer and fall season with a typical harvest of: strawberries in June, raspberries in July, blackberries in August and pumpkins in October. To contact, please call 419.433.4856.

Quarry Hill Orchards
Quarry Hill Orchards in Berlin Heights provide a fine variety of apples, pears, peaches, and other farm-fresh produce. Cherries are available in June, peaches in July, apples in September and October and pumpkins in October. In addition to fresh produce, they also provide a selection of fine wines at Quarry Hill Winery.

There are more orchards in the Lake Erie Shores & Islands region than we have listed here. Please feel free to add your suggestions and experiences by commenting on this post.

Shores & Islands Unique Seafood Dining Options

Seafood restaurants in the Shores & Islands range from upscale to small family owned restaurants. Whether you’re in the mood for blackened grouper, garlic grilled scallops or crab stuffed shrimp, the Shores & Islands is sure to cook up an assortment of dishes to satisfy your seafood craving.

Catawba

Mon Ami Restaurant & Historic Winery
3843 E. Wine Cellar Rd.
419.797.4445

Huron

Salmon Run
at Sawmill Creek
400 Sawmill Creek Dr.
419.433.3800

Kelleys Island

Island House Restaurant
131 Division St.
419.746.2236

Put-in-Bay

Axel & Harry’s Waterfront Grill
227 Bay View Ave.
419.285.2572

The Boardwalk Upper Deck Bar & Grill
Bay View Ave.
419.285.3695

Sandusky

Bay Harbor
1 Cedar Point Dr.
419.625.6373

Red Gables Mesquite Grill
2350 Cleveland Rd.
419.626.3354

Vermilion

Chez Francois
555 Main St.
440.967.0630

Where can I have an outdoor wedding along Lake Erie’s shoreline?

Lakeside – Waterfront pavilion and waterfront gazebo
Location: 236 Walnut Ave., Lakeside, OH 43440
Contact: Lakeside Association
419.798.4461, 866.952.5374 or lakesideohio.com

Marblehead Lighthouse
Location: 110 Lighthouse Drive, Marblehead, OH 43440
Contact: East Harbor State Park, 1169 North Buck Road, Lakeside-Marblehead, OH 43440
419.734.4424 or eastharborstatepark.org

Kelleys Island – Village Park Pavilion (not waterfront)
Location: Division Street and E. Lake Shore Dr., Kelleys Island, OH 43438
Contact: Mayor’s Office
419.746.2535 or kelleysislandchamber.com

Put-in-Bay
Locations: There are many wedding locations on Put-in-Bay, including DeRivera Park Gazebo and Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial (Bay View Ave.) Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Contact: Maisie Cox
419.285.2505 or pibweddings.com

Downtown Sandusky Parks
Locations: Facer Park (foot of Hancock St.), Shoreline Park (Shoreline Dr.) and Washington Park Gazebo (Washington and Columbus Ave.), Sandusky, OH 44870
Contact: Sandusky City Manager’s Office
419.627.5844 or ci.sandusky.oh.us

Goodtime I – Cruise boat
Location: Jackson St. Pier, Sandusky, OH 44870
Private charters for weddings and/or receptions available – can accommodate up to 300.
Contact: Joe Lamb
419.625.9692, 800.446.3140 or goodtimeboat.com

Lyman Harbor – Waterfront entertainment facility
Location: 1615 First St., Sandusky, OH 44870
Waterfront with spectacular view of Cedar Point – restaurant/banquet facilities available.
Contact: Suzi Evans
419.625.9626 or lymanharbor.com

Cedar Point – Coral Courtyard, Coral Dining Room, Point Pavilion and Convention Centers (not all are waterfront)
Location: One Cedar Point Drive, Sandusky, OH 44870
Contact: Manager of Group Events and Facilities
419.627.2217 or cedarpoint.com

Sawmill Creek Resort – Waterfront gazebo (if reception is held at Lodge at Sawmill Creek Resort)
Location: 400 Sawmill Creek, Huron, OH 44839
Contact: Group Sales Department
419.433.3800, 800.729.6455 or sawmillcreekresort.com

Mystic Belle – Paddleboat in Vermilion Harbor
Location: Parsons Marina, 636 Sandusky St. (at the Liberty Bridge), Vermilion, OH 44089
Contact: 440.315.1907 or 440.967.7910

Feel free to contact us with any questions that you may have.

Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center – East
Contact: Amanda Smith
419.625.2984, 800.255.3743
amanda@shoresandislands.com

Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center – West
Contact: Larry Fletcher
419.734.4386, 800.441.1271
larry@lake-erie.com