Put-in-Bay, or South Bass Island, is known as the crown jewel of the Lake Erie Islands. Ever since Commodore Perry stationed his fleet here in the harbor and defeated the British in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812, Put-in-Bay has symbolized freedom, joy, and peace.
The island offers a rich history, and tourists have been visiting Put-in-Bay for more than 200 years. After the war, many sightseers came to the island to attend celebrations and festivals that commemorated the Battle of Lake Erie. Others would pack lunches and picnic along the waterfront, making sure to leave the island by nightfall, as there were no hotels or lodgings on the island for tourists. In fact, it wasn’t until approximately 50 years after the War of 1812 that the first overnight accommodations were born.