Perry’s Victory is the most striking Monument on Put-In-Bay. This large column rises above the skyline. The monument is a nod to Oliver Hazard Perry’s victory in the War of 1812. Additionally, it’s a reminder of peace between the US, Canada and Great Britain.
Perry’s Victory Monument Location
Finding it is easy. In fact, the monument is visible from a great distance from the island. The downtown Put-In-Bay area is home to the Monument and the Visitor’s Center. The Jet Express Put-In-Bay terminal is just steps away. Also, the majority of the Put-In-Bay Attractions, Dining and Shopping options are nearby. So, this is a good starting point.
History of Perry’s Victory Monument
During the Battle of Lake Erie, Naval Commander Oliver Hazard Perry utilized Put-In-Bay. Here, he collected water from his men at present-day Perry’s Cave. Also, he plotted out his attack on the British forces. Ultimately, despite being out numbered, Perry was victorious. His famous line, “Don’t give up the ship,” if found on flags and t-shirts in local shops. So, following the War of 1812, there was a plan to build a monument. This would celebrate the victory. Additionally, the focus was the peace between nations. Today, we can see their efforts with this beautiful monument.
The National Park Service has been doing improvements to the park. Consequently, the observation deck has been closed during this time. Fortunately, the park will resume normal operations at the start of the 2018 season. So, guests can again go to the top and take in the great vistas. From here, nearly all of the Lake Erie islands can be spotted on a clear today. It is even possible to see Canada! The views are amazing.
A trip to Put-In-Bay is not complete without a trip to Perry’s Victory Monument. The history and the beauty of the grounds make this one of the most popular island attractions. Come see for yourself.
Leonard C: “In awe of the enormous size of the memorial dedicated to the peace and friendly relationship between the US, Canada and the UK. I had no idea that the Battle of 1812 involved a battle on Lake Erie. I learned so much today from reading the displays within the information center and it made me appreciate the War of 1812 even more. The views from the observation deck were amazing. We got to see Pelee Island(Canada), Middle & North Bass Islands, Catawba Island and Michigan. In awe and impressed. Even my 6 year old son enjoyed it.”
Ryan A: “Always enjoyable visiting Perry’s Monument. Unfortunately the Monument observation deck and plaza is closed to the public in 2017. They are doing repairs and cleaning. Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial’s Visitor Center remains open however, and is worth checking out. It’s free to enter. In the Visitor Center you can watch a 15 minute video chronicling the War of 1812 and Battle of Lake Erie. You can also learn about the peace that has endured since the War of 1812 amongst the United States, UK, and Canada. Finally, you can get a detailed look at the construction of the Memorial.”
Joe W: “This is one of my favorite places ever. Being from Ohio I am proud of the role that this state played in the War of 1812. I think that the Battle of Lake Erie has a significant place in the history of The United States of America. Oliver Hazard Perry is a National hero and I am so proud that he turned the battle against the World’s best Navy, at the time, and beat them by outsmarting them. The visitor center is a great place to visit when you are there. Enjoy the views from the top, the history, and the National park itself.”