As a child, you may have enjoyed or despised your history classes – but as an adult, history so much more interesting! Here on the shores and islands of Lake Erie in Ohio, we have so many spots to learn about the history of the USA in this part of the country – let’s take a tour!
Right here in Milan, you can take a few steps from Angel Welcome Bed & Breakfast to the Edison Birthplace Museum, to learn all about one of history’s greatest inventors. Born in Milan, Thomas Edison’s home place is full of memorabilia and a great place to get a better sense of the man himself. As a Blue Star Museum, veterans plus five family members have free admission from Armed Forces Day to Labor Day. All individual military members, active & retired, are offered free admission, year-round. Valid military ID required.
The Thomas Edison Birthplace Museum – 9 N Edison Dr., Milan, OH 44846
Venture further afield (about an hour and a ferry ride away from the B&B) to learn about a battle of a war that is often skipped over – the War of 1812. Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial “was established to honor those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie, during the War of 1812, but in equal part it is here to celebrate the long-lasting peace between Britain, Canada and the U.S.” Coming up soon: Perry Education Days, May 24th-26th, 2022, with several activities being planned for the celebration.
Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial, 93 Delaware Avenue, Put-In-Bay, OH
A more somber piece of history can be found on an island off Sandusky Bay – the Confederate Stockade Cemetery, on Johnson’s Island. Once a prisoner of war camp during the Civil War, the island now holds the cemetery in which are buried as many as 267 Confederate officers and enlisted men. The cemetery is free to enter, but you will have to pay the toll for the ferry ride over to the island.
Confederate Stockade Cemetery, Johnson’s Island, Ohio
While in the area, consider a visit to the Maritime Museum of Sandusky – have a “boatload of fun” at this wonderful museum dedicated to the long maritime history of our area. You can board actual boats, see what’s being done at the boat building school and restoration workshop, and visit the Underground Railroad exhibit.
Maritime Museum of Sandusky, 125 Meigs Street, Sandusky, OH 44870
This little part of the country offers so much for the history enthusiast! These are just a few of the first-rate historical attractions in the Lake Erie Shores and Islands. We can help with an itinerary and directions when you stay with us at Angel Welcome – make your reservations today!