The building was nothing short of spectacular and iconic in downtown Put-In-Bay; now we look back on The Colonial 30 years later. Generations of islanders and tourist spent time here, enjoying the dancing, bowling and more. Then, on that tragic day in May 1988, the building quickly engulfed in flames. Let’s take a trip down memory lane. Find an easy chair, pour a beverage and follow the story of the beloved Colonial, a favorite Put-In-Bay Attraction of yesteryear.
Colonial: Years Before Construction
The land where the Colonial resided has a tumultuous history. First, a home known as the “White House” was on the property. Here, guests could stay on occasion, making it one of Put-In-Bay’s first boarding houses. Then, in 1861 ownership changed hands to Joseph W Gray, the editor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He moved to make the structure into a full time boarding house. Later, his interests were no more, as he was bought out. The hotel was known as Sweeny, West and Company. As time progressed, the hotel expanded with extra wings constructed. Now, the hotel dubbed the Put-In-Bay House remained