Put-in-Bay Ohio celebrates the annual anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie on this Put-in-Bay Historical Weekend. This is a celebration of history, art and music and also a celebration of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s naval victory over the British in the War of 1812.
Since then, there have been over two centuries of peace shared by the United States, Canada and Great Britain. A War of 1812 military encampment can be found on the lawn of the Monument Visitors Center all weekend and over 1,000 Boy Scouts camp out in tents on the Memorial’s east lawn for their annual camporee on Lake Erie.
For more than 25 years, Troop 360 of Port Clinton, Ohio, has played host to hundreds of Scouts and adult leaders from several states and Canada at its Fall Invitational Camporee in Put-in-Bay, on South Bass Island in Lake Erie. The camporee is usually the weekend following Labor Day. Tents sprout up on the Perry’s Monument lawn as the scouts descend upon the island during Put-in-Bay Historical Weekend.
The village of Put-in-Bay is located three miles north of the Ohio mainland and 10 miles east of the crucial naval victory of Commodore Oliver Perry over the British fleet in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. This victory coined the expression from Commodore Perry, “We have met the enemy and they are ours;…”
Battles of Lake Erie Fact
There is a famous painting from 1865 that depicts Oliver Hazard Perry transferring between ships during the Battle of Lake Erie, which was fought in 1813 during the War of 1812 between the United States and Great Britain (who controlled Canada).
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