Author Archives: Dan Maxson

About Dan Maxson

Dan is the President of the Fairport Harbor Historical Society. He is also the local expert on Lake County lore and history.

Heritage Preservation … The Hosea Brown Barn

The Hosea Brown Barn at Girdled Road Reservation in Concord Township dates back Just over 200 years. An English three bay threshing barn, it served five generations of the Brown family from 1816-1952. Hosea Brown served alongside George Washington in the Revolutionary War. Acquiring the land from the Connecticut Land Company, the site was named

Every Artifact Matters…

History matters. Every story counts. Every relic or image from the past matters. This has never been more relevant than in recent years. ‘Selfies’ now replace photo images of places or events. Daily newspapers are disappearing in favor of online versions. Books are now printed on demand or reduced to ‘nook’ versions. Historical homes and

Heritage Preservation – Old Photos Matter!

Archival documents on display in local historical sites usually illicit nothing more than a passing glance from most visitors. These documents, though proudly displayed are usually an item overlooked in favor of a ‘bigger’ or ‘more’ interesting item like a Fresnel Lens or Temple finial. Though small, documents are far from insignificant. They are stories

The Kirtland Temple one of many Lake County Gems

Heritage Tourism Focus – #3-43 The Kirtland Temple one of many Lake County Gems Ohio’s smallest county has perhaps the most history and artifacts and I am sad to say remains ‘a best kept secret’ to many residents and tourists. With Heritage Tourism moving to the forefront of the LCVB in 2018 lets focus on

Are You Getting Your Vitamin ’N’ this Winter

As we reach the halfway point to our winter season, this important question comes to mind. Are you getting enough Vitamin ’N’ this winter? ’N’ is for nature! April 2016 saw the release of a book Vitamin ’N’ by Richard Louv. A nY times bestseller, Louv made the claim that mixing your day-to-day life with

December Holiday Memories Still Await You!

Father Time was first mentioned in 1559 and appeared in a Thomas Nobbes illustration in 1638 but has been around in many cultures for thousands of years. He appeared in Greek/Roman mythology as part of a pagan week long Harvest Festival. During the Saxon Rule in England he was known as King Frost or King

Concord Township’s Schools Legacy

As Concord Township marches to its bicentennial year in 2022, it is appropriate to look back and recall its early beginnings. In 1795 The Connecticut Land Company purchased 3 million acres in what become known as The Western Reserve, an area of land extending through Pennsylvania and into Ohio. By 1798 the government allocated $2,600