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.

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

Fast Facts -The Girdled Road

Girdling – cutting through into sap-wood around the entire circumference of the tree causing the tree to die, making felling easier – a common pioneer and Native American practice of the era. 1797 -a route was proposed from the western Pennsylvania line to the Cuyahoga River parallel to and south of what is now Route

A Few Lake County Ohio Attractions

Summer is winding down but time still remains to explore some county gems before daylight savings time rears its head and the first frost blankets our community landscapes.  Here are some urban adventures and popular attractions worthy of a visit before 2017 fades into the history annals.   Lake Metroparks – 3 million visitors can’t

You May Be From Lake County IF…Part IV Final Installment

This challenge began in November 2016 and continued in January and March 2017. Today’s County ‘Potpourri’ is the final installment in the series. The challenge remains the same – to test  your General County ‘IQ.’ Good Luck! 1. This famous Painesville Home had Buffalo Bill Cody, Annie Oakley and Susan B. Anthony as guests. Name the

Join Concord Township’s Old Stone School April 29th a Cornucopia of Programs

Lake County’s oldest stone building and 1840 schoolhouse is a hidden gem located at 7125 Ravenna Road in Concord Township.  The only one of nine one- room schools still standing, it is an educational museum maintained by volunteers and has welcomed visitors, school groups and tour since 2005.  Before we get to the rest of