History

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

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

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

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.

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