DISCOVER OUR HISTORY
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 is named for the Erie, a tribe of Native Americans who once lived along the south shore of Lake Erie. Including Kelleys Island, it is the second smallest of Ohio’s 88 counties in land area, only 252 square miles. With 374 square miles of Lake Erie and Sandusky Bay, the total legal size is 626 sq miles. Click HERE to discover our unique history.
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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
Our BIG event – the “Walk on the Water”
tour of Sandusky Bay’s historic lakefront and sunset cruise on the Goodtime I
September 4, 2019 6 p.m.
Click HERE to get your tickets
HISTORIC WALKING TOURS
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 the eye (or a camera) can capture.
The Underground Railroad Washington Park Downtown Sandusky Virtual Downtown Sandusky Kelleys Island Vermilion
The Erie County Historical Society has worked hard to make sure that the Historic Markers located in Erie County are maintained.
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.
We recently had several cleaned, stripped and repainted. Our historic sites should never be neglected.
April 7 — Tour the historic E & K (Engels & Krudwig) Winery This MEMBERS ONLY event was a huge success. You can find out more about this tour and the history of Wineries and Breweries HERE.
June 22 – Join us for “A Walk Through History On Wayne Street” presented by Ed Stout, site manager of the Cooke-Dorn House and a board member of the Old House Guild of Sandusky. This is one of Sandusky’s most historic streets and you will be regaled with stories about the history of some of the largest, most extravagant houses in Sandusky. Many of these houses are on the tour or are located nearby.
July 17 – Walking Tour of Underground Railroad sites in Sandusky. Yes! Back by popular demand – we will meet at 6:00 pm at the popcorn wagon. Can’t attend? You can take most of the tour online HERE.
August 13 – Join us for the East Water Street Rediscovered walking tour. John Lippus will lead this new tour as you discover some secrets surrounding some of these buildings.
September 4 (Wednesday) – ‘Walk in the Water’ tour of downtown Sandusky’s lake front industries, buildings, and the people who made it all happen. This year we are doing a sunset cruise on the Goodtime I! (Thus, the Walk in the Water tour). There will be heavy appetizers, a cash bar and one magnificent sunset. Tickets are now available, RESERVE YOUR SEAT HERE.
November 17 – Annual Meeting & Banquet at the Sandusky Yacht Club
5:00 Social hour and 7:00 Guest Speaker – Leslie Korenko will present the history of Kelleys Island. This is a ‘can’t miss’ presentation so watch for links to reserve your seat and make your dinner reservation. Reservations must be received by November 9.
MUSEUMS & HISTORICAL SITES
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 explore these museums and historic sites. 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?