For trips this summer and anytime try our National Parks…
Perry’s Victory and International Peace Monument:
Built in honor of those who fought and died in the Battle of Lake Erie, but also in honor of the long peace between the United States, Britain, and Canada. The monument is located only five miles from the longest undefended border in the world. Construction of the monument began October of 1912 and the moment was opened to the public on 13the June 1915. It did not become a National Park Service Memorial until 1936.
Aboard the Niagara Commodore Perry won the first US Navy fleet action and captured an entire British squadron. Perry reported “Dear General (Harrison): We have met the enemy and they are ours. Two ships, two brigs, one schooner and one sloop. Yours with great respect and esteem, O.H. Perry”.
The monument itself is located on Lake Erie’s beautiful South Bass Island within the limits of Put-in-Bay village. The tour cost adults 3 dollars, while children are admitted free and involves a walk up through the winding stairs of the monument and ends with time spent at the top of the monument where visitors are treated to a gorgeous view of South Bass, the surrounding islands, and Lake Erie. The tour will probably take forty-five minutes or less, leaving plenty of time for lunch, dinner, or an extended stay in the beautiful village of Put-in-Bay.
Put-in-Bay village offers a variety of shops and restaurants. There is a State Park camp ground, cabins, hotels, and bed and breakfasts available for relaxing vacations on the Lake Erie Island. And don’t forget boat-owners, Put-in-Bay has a marina located walking distance from the village’s downtown!
From the mainland to South Bass Island Jody recommends Miller’s Ferry in Port Clinton, OH (whether you are on foot, bicycle, or motor vehicle).