WELCOME TO HISTORIC ERIE COUNTY, OHIO
Erie County was officially created by an act of the Ohio Legislature in 1838. It was formed from parts of Sandusky and Huron counties, and it is named for the Erie, a tribe of Native Americans who once lived along the south shore of Lake Erie. It is the second smallest of Ohio’s 88 counties in terms of geographic size, only 626 square miles, including Kelleys Island, but its story is a remarkable one. Click HERE for more information on Erie County’s history.
It is the mission of the Erie County Historical Society to tell that story. The story is ongoing, it is written new every day, every month, every year. What we do, think, and say is influenced by what came before us. How we think about the past—what we choose to celebrate and what we choose to ignore—changes as well. History, including local history, is far from settled and is constantly changing as new information is unearthed and new filters are used to interpret what came before us. History really is alive.
Traditionally, the Society has focused on lecture programs and historical markers to tell the county’s story. This website adds new storytelling tools to open history’s doors. We invite visitors to travel back in time and visit our library of historic walking tours. We believe knowing and understanding something of the past gives a new level of appreciation to everyday life. We, the Trustees and Members of the Erie County Historical Society invite you to explore our website and experience the amazing history that Erie County has to offer.
Follow us on Facebook: Erie County Historical Society (the one with the historic marker on it!) to keep up with all the ‘historic’ news in Erie County and surrounding areas. This is the best place to discover what is happening.
We know that you have walked down our streets and wondered about some of the houses and businesses that you see. Here is your chance to explore the various cities, townships and villages in Erie County through these amazing walking tours. View before and after pictures, discover tidbits about the old houses and buildings that you see, and explore the many hidden treasures that only they eye (or a camera) can capture.
Click HERE to see which Walking Tours are available, or use these shortcuts:
The Underground Railroad Historic Walking Tour
Washington Park Walking Tour
Downtown Sandusky Walking Tour
Virtual Downtown Sandusky Tour
Kelleys Island Walking Tours
Our LAST event for the year is our 2018 Dinner and Annual meeting to be held on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at the Sandusky Yacht Club. Our Guest Speaker will be Jerel Scott and his presentation is on the history of coal loading in Sandusky. We will be posting photos of the event soon.
HERE IS WHAT WE ACCOMPLISHED IN 2018:
April 18 — Jay Cooke: Shaping Sandusky and the U.S., presented by the Erie County Historical Society – at the Sandusky State Theatre.
May 6 – SPECIAL MEMBERS ONLY EVENT! Join us for a special tour of historic Washington Park followed by dinner and drinks at the Sandusky Yacht Club. You must be a member to participate (it is a real deal at just $10). Join HERE.
May 19 – International Museum Day and museums across Erie County celebrate with free admissions and activities. What a great opportunity to explore the history of our communities.
May 23 – Walking Tour of Washington Park – at 6:00 pm. Walking Tour article in the Sandusky Register.
July 4 – Guest speaker series at Adams High School in Sandusky: John Hildebrandt: “Top 10 Significant Events in Sandusky History”; Jim Semons: “Sandusky’s First Photographer, Ernst Niebergall”; Jackie Mayer: “Early Life and Becoming Miss America”; Ron Davidson: “Daily Life in Sandusky 1818 and 1918”; Jim Miller: “Maritime History”.
June 27 – Walking Tour – Explore Sandusky & the Underground Railroad
July 25 – Walking Tour – Discover hidden gems in the Downtown Sandusky
August 22 – Walking Tour – Downtown Sandusky
September 26 – Walking Tour of Washington Park
October 7 – Attend our Annual Meeting – Randy Koch’s came as the Confederate soldier Charlie Pierce, who gained infamy for his many attempted escapes from Johnson’s Island.
November 18 – Attend our Annual Meeting & Banquet at the Sandusky Yacht Club – See the link above
How much do you know about Erie County and its remarkable history? Take our quiz and see if you are a Newbie or a real Historian.
Take this quiz and find out.
This was once Sandusky’s Post Office, now it is the home of the Carousel Museum. The number and quality of museums in our area is impressive and the Erie County Historical Society encourages both residents and visitors to visit these museums and historic sites to learn more about the story of Erie County and our neighboring counties. Click HERE to discover our amazing inventory of Museums and Historic Sites. There are over 30 historic sites and history museums in Erie County – ranging from the magnificent Glacial Grooves on Kelleys Island to the Firelands Historical Society, the oldest history museum in Ohio. Isn’t it time you explored our history?
The Erie County Historical Society has worked hard to make sure that the Historic Markers located in Erie County are maintained. We recently had several cleaned, stripped and repainted. Our historic sites should never be neglected.
We have over 70 historic markers in Erie County. Some mark the locations of buildings or sites that are no longer there, others celebrate the long and varied history of buildings that are still in use. It is truly a trip down memory lane.
YOU CAN HELP – Membership Form!
JOIN our organization with a simple $10.00 A YEAR MEMBERSHIP – JUST CLICK HERE FOR THE FORM.
The Sandusky Library contains a wealth of information about Erie County and Sandusky, including microfilm copies of the Sandusky newspapers dating back to the 1830’s (yes, you can read all about the Cholera epidemic or see what happened on the date of your birth) as well as collections of historic photos and stories. sanduskylib.org