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The Earliest Put-in-Bay Settlers: South Bass Island Before 1812

Put in Bay Harbor

Many travelers and residents alike know that Put-in-Bay’s rich history is one of its grandest features. but not everyoneknows about the original Put-in-Bay Settlers. For starters, it has a fascinating legacy of hotels and lodging. Additionally, the island played a significant role in the War of 1812, and the famous Victory Monument stands as a testament to this fact.

Perrys Monument Put in Bay

Put-in-Bay, which is also known as South Bass Island, is a premier travel destination along the Lake Erie Islands. Visitors come from all over the globe to experience the island’s wonders. From the earliest Put-in-Bay Settlers to the current family and corporate groups. Tourists extend their stays over multiple days so they can explore all the riches that South Bass Island offers. read more

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Put-in-Bay History

Put-in-Bay Colonial Hotel

Located in the shallow western end of Lake Erie is a group of 20 or more islands rich in Put-in-Bay history. One of these, alternately called Put-in-Bay or South Bass Island, served as a base of operations for Oliver Hazard Perry. It was from the harbor called Put-in-Bay that Perry sailed to defeat the British fleet under Robert H. Barclay during the war of 1812. The American victory in the battle of Lake Erie gave the country and the United States Navy a memorable slogan of positive accomplishments, “We have met the enemy and they are ours…”

put-in-bay history festivalToday there stands at Put-in-Bay a beautiful Greek Doric column, the Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial. This 352-foot granite shaft commemorates not only a naval battle but a peace which has lasted for more than 150 years. The 3,987-mile boundary between the United States and Canada is the longest unguarded international frontier in the world. read more

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Breathtaking Footage – Tens of Thousands of Cormorants In Flight

You’d be forgiven for thinking that you were watching an episode of Planet Earth, but this is actually amateur footage taken from the Put-in-Bay Condos on Lake Erie. Tens of thousands of cormorants skim their way across Lake Erie on their way to, well, wherever it is they’re heading. The stars of this breathtaking video are the double-crested cormorant. The sight of them isn’t exactly welcome by everyone in the Lake Erie Islands community. We couldn’t get David Attenborough to do a voice over, so you’ll have to settle for a video. We will tell you a little bit about this fascinating fowl and the controversy surrounding it in the Great Lakes. read more

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Hotel Victory:  Put-in-Bay’s “Grandest” Memory

Hotel Victory

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. read more

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National Parks Bill to help Put-in-Bay

Perrys Monument and Put-in-Bay

A National Parks Service bill proposed by Sen. Rob Portman could address a $12 billion backlog of deferred maintenance at National Parks. It would bring more than $1.8 million to one of Dayton’s historical sites and millions elsewhere. Portman introduced the Restore Our Parks Act in the U.S. Senate last week, according to his office. If passed by both houses of congress and signed into law by President Donald Trump, the bipartisan bill would address a long backlog of deferred maintenance at the country’s National Parks.

Ohio National Monuments and Parks

Ohio’s eight national park sites would get more than $100 million from Portman’s bill. read more

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Labatt Beer – Drinking for Cleaner Water

Labatt Blue

Labatt USA Partners with Lake Erie Waterkeeper to Promote Local Water Stewardship in Ohio This Summer

Investment in local organization serves as part of Labatt USA’s larger partnership with the global Waterkeeper Alliance to protect and sustain drinkable, fishable and swimmable water

Labatt USA will partner with Lake Erie Waterkeeper to further its efforts to protect and sustain the Lake Erie watershed. They will make a $10,000 investment to support Lake Erie Waterkeeper’s efforts. This is part of a larger investment of more than $100,000 with Waterkeepers throughout the Great Lakes region.

The partnership and investments align with LUSA’s triple bottom line approach. The beer company prioritizes people, planet and profit. This includes measuring, reducing and mitigating its impact on the environment and society through investments, volunteerism and education. read more

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Put-in-Bay Paranormal

Doller House Put-in-Bay Paranormal

Is the island normal or is Put-in-Bay Paranormal?  According to some paranormal researchers, there is convincing evidence that yes is the answer.  The following will discuss claims of other worldly visitors at three Put-in-Bay establishments: The Park Hotel, the Doller House and the Crews Nest.

Put-in-Bay Paranormal: 3 Suspected Haunts

Park Hotel

Park Hotel Put-in-Bay Paranormal

The Park Hotel has been a fixture on the downtown Put-in-Bay scene for over 150 years.  Originally, the hotel opened as the Deutches Hotel in the 1870s.  A striking feature of the new lodging choice was beds with springs, instead of beds stuffed with hay.  The first owner is believed to be George Schmidt.  A newspaper article from this era mentions him as owner.  Also, the Roundhouse Bar construction was in Toledo and shipped to Put-in-Bay. read more

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Burning Snowman 2018

Snow, ice and frigid cold temperatures mean Burning Snowman 2018 is near!  These conditions is what we’ve been dealt thus far this Winter.  Are you ready to bid farewell to the blustery conditions?  So are we!  The 4th Annual Burning Snowman Fest in Port Clinton, Ohio is here to do just that!

The Burning Snowman Fest is an event designed to help think warm thoughts during these cold times.  Revelers will gather once again on February 24, 2018 for this popular event.  The host locations are Mr. Ed’s Bar and Grill and Dock’s Beach House in Port Clinton.  Also, other local bars will be offering great specials for this event.  More importantly, this event’s purpose is to raise funds for local charities.  There will be live entertainment, food, hobo bonfires and even hot tubs to soak in.  Entertainment will be selected from the wide selection of local talent.  One band will even get to make their big debut.  See below for information about this great prelude to the Burning Snowman 2018 on Thursday, January 18th.  The winner will even get a chance to play at Mr. Ed’s Put-in-Bay this Summer! read more

Put-in-Bay Ferry Service Stops for 2017 Season

The Miller Ferry has stopped Put-in-Bay Ferry Service for the 2017 season.  Due to lower than normal temperatures and windy conditions, the docks have become unsafe.  Therefore, service is suspended until further notice.

The Miller Ferry Crew, led by Billy Market, provides islanders and visitors safe passage to the island.  This crew works tirelessly to ensure that the vessels are safe and in working order.  Also, they undergo training in preparation to respond in an emergency situation.  So, when making way to Put-in-Bay, riders are in good hands.  Safety never takes a day off at the Miller Boat Line. read more

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Put-in-Bay Police Find Human Remains on Put-in-Bay

Put-in-Bay Police

Put in Bay Police Department

News Release

On Sept 1st, 2017 the Put in Bay Police were notified of possible human remains discovered at a construction site in Put in Bay Township, South Bass island.

Below is a news release relating to this incident.

A follow up to previous articles…

September 9, 2017, Fox News article by Lindsay Buckingham

September 9, 2017, Sandusky Herald article by Patrick Pfanner patrickpfanner@sanduskyregister.com

September 13, 2017, News Herald article by Craig Shoup

Put-in-Bay Gazette – Jeff Koehler

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will offer a burial service for three unknown residents of the island who resided at South Bass Island over 100 years ago. They are believed to be an infant, a teen and an adult. The service at Maple Leaf Cemetery on October 22nd will use prayers which would have been used in the period when they lived. The funeral procession will begin at St. Paul’s Church at 1:00pm and proceed through the village giving these unknown residents the same respect current residents receive. read more

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