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 be wrong. With 37 park properties totaling 9000 acres, ‘clean’, ‘safe’ and family friendly are the hallmarks of this county park system. A new fishing pier opens next month at Painesville Township Park; a suspension bridge beckons at Girdled Road Resevation; the tower at Lake Erie Bluffs and a new nature park at Penitentiary Glen Reservation are a small sampling of offerings awaiting you. For information visit – www.lakemetroparks.com
Historic Route 20 is America’s longest highway and it passes thru our county. A twelve state road trip can highlight any 2017 memory. Visit www.historicUS20.com for more information.
Lake County History Center – this former county poor house now is a repository of all things relating to lost Lake County. The Interurban room shares early transportation history. UGRR stories are featured in another room. A Blue Coats room pays tribute to those who have served. Online collections and many more rooms depict rare glimpses into county history. For information visit www.lakehistory.org
Fairport Harbor Lighthouse & Marine Museum – dating back to 1825 this NHS has Civil War / UGRR history, Mormon Migration and Lake Erie transportation legend and lore to share. Seasonal programming and events offer unique visitor experiences. Visit www.fairportharborlighthouse.org for details.
The Painesville Depot – open every Friday evening in addition to scheduled events, this railroad depot was the epicenter of the county for over a century. Past Presidents, soldiers from WWI & WWII and other notables passed thru this station in its hey-day. Visit www.painesvillerailroadmuseum.org for more information.
The Kirtland Temple – standing on a bluff in Kirtland, this NHS dates back to 1831 and shares the story of Joseph Smith and other members of this religious group. A nearby quarry provided the stones for this impressive church structure. A visitor center and gardens augment the historical artifacts available for public viewing. See www.kirtlandtemple.org for more information.
Other county sites worth a stop-
Wickliffe City Hall – former shipping magnate estate of Harry Coulby.
Old Stone School- 1840 one-room schoolhouse located in Concord Township on Ravenna oad.
Indian Museum – Native American culture and county history meet here in Mentor’s best kept secret.