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Things to do in Lake County, Ohio

November 18th, 2018

Will It Be Saved or Lost Forever?

The Sawyer House on Mentor Avenue and the Eber Howe / Drake House on Fay Road are two of Lake County’s iconic homes.  Both are extremely important to our county’s history and sadly both may be lost to a wrecking ball in 2019.   Historical preservation is no longer a valued commodity.  Collecting memories, mostly...   READ MORE

November 3rd, 2018

2018 Harbor Holiday in Fairport Harbor

Saturday, December 1, 2018 at  11:am – 6:pm Stop in to Finn Hollow Park (301 High St, Fairport Harbor), located right next to the Finnish Heritage Museum that has been converted to our very own “Whovillage” complete with new cottages and a giant Christmas tree! Families are invited to take pictures, write letters to Santa,...   READ MORE

October 21st, 2018

Lake County’s Blue Blazes

August 25, 2018 saw the City of Mentor receive designation as a Buckeye Trail Town. A 12 mile stretch of roads and trails that includes Mentor Lagoons and Mentor Marsh now officially join Headlands State Park and Lake Metroparks Girdled Road Reservation, Penitentiary Glen, Chapin Forest and Greenway Corridor as ‘Blue Blazes’ sites. These two...   READ MORE

September 11th, 2018

Lake County’s Early Architect to Visit September 2018

Jonathan Goldsmith (1783-1847) arrived in Ohio in 1811. Twice apprenticed (cobbler, carpenter-joiner), a veteran of the War of 1812 and later in life an inventor/patent holder of the multiple plow, he left an indelible legacy in Lake County. Between the years of 1819-1843 he constructed over 30 homes and commercial buildings in Painesville, a handful...   READ MORE

August 20th, 2018

Great Lakes Mailbuckets

Letter conveyance was an uncertain procedure in the early days of maritime history. Extending well into our Colonial Days and beyond, emigrants, sailors and merchants often relied on acquaintances or ship’s captains for postal requirements. Captains were often the mail carrier of the day. A table at a local coffee house on the wharf often...   READ MORE

July 17th, 2018

The Abridged History of Finn Hollow

The Abridged History of Finn Hollow As time marches on and cityscapes redefine former properties, it is important to record and remember the past. Finn Hollow is one such example. Located in Fairport Harbor, it is but one of many county properties with a story to share. The Finnish population moved west around the time...   READ MORE

June 26th, 2018

Do you know your Lake County Ohio Streets?

The rest of the story a program piqued my interest some months ago. It asked the simple question ‘Bet you didn’t know?’ The topic was Lake County streetnames. In June a program was presented on this very topic at the Fairport Harbor Library. What follows is a compilation of that presentation plus additional local lore....   READ MORE