When I was growing up we spent our summer vacations on Put in Bay Island in Lake Erie. My Aunt Ernie had a home on the island and we would visit her every year. We previously went to Fred’s childhood memories in Hayward WI, now it was my time to show him around my stomping grounds.
Put in Bay, Ohio, is a quaint community on South Bass Island—the southernmost of the Bass islands, located only 3 miles from Lake Erie’s south shore. Home to just a few hundred year-round residents, Put-in-Bay ’s population swells from April to late October, as over 750,000 visitors flock to the island to enjoy its many attractions.
We rented a golf cart and toured the island. One of the most memorable icons is Perry’s Monument.
Perry’s Memorial commemorates the Battle of Lake Erie that took place near Ohio’s South Bass Island, in which Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry led a fleet to victory in one of the most significant naval battles to occur in the War of 1812. Well apparently this was quite a big deal but when you are 10 years old, one of your more memorable signs look like this.
We went by her house.
And I remember where I learned what a frosty mug was.
And on Friday nights we went to the Crew’s Nest for perch.
I was not of drinking age but I do remember going past the winery on the way to town.
The center of town was built around the park by the water.
One of the iconic buildings still stands.
We took a trolley ride to hear more about the island.
One of the interesting facts we learned was about island life. There are about 450 full time residents. The ferrys stop running during the winter when the only way they can get supplies is hovercraft or airplane. They have a school with 82 students grades K-12. Many grades have less than 10 kids per grade. With the real estate taxes from the seasonal residents these 82 kids get a fantastic education.
We stayed at the amusement park Cedar Point.
And took the ferry to the island.
It was a long day of touring. It was nice to come back to this sunset.
Next up we head to frog city….guess where that is!