April 7 — Tour the historic E & K (Engels & Krudwig) Winery
This MEMBERS ONLY event was a huge success. We toured the building and explored the many rooms that have been preserved. We also got to see part of the basement. After the tour we removed to the Bait House Brewery. You can find out more about this tour and the history of Wineries and Breweries HERE.

Tour Reservation

June 22 – Join us for  “A Walk Through History On Wayne Street”
Ed Stout, the Site Manager of the Cooke Dorn House, lead a group of 75 people on”A Walk Through History on Wayne St.” on Saturday, June 22nd. The tour  started at the limestone homes that Eleutheros Cooke built in 1827 and 1835 at 410-414 Columbus Avenue across from the Sandusky Library and ended at the Follett House at the SE corner of E. Adams and Wayne St.

Ed did a wonderful job pointing out unusual aspects of each house and sharing a history of the people who lived there. 
We hope he decides to do another one.

Many of these houses are on the tour or are located nearby. 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. This is the first time we offered this tour. 

Beecher House - Erie County Ohio Historical SocietyJuly 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.


The “East Water Street Rediscovered” tour – August 13 at 6 p.m.
This tour will leave from the  Mylander Plaza in downtown Sandusky and will be led by John Lippus, and will include stops at some of Sandusky’s most famous old buildings. You can also find out more about East Water Street (and West Water Street) on our website by clicking HERE. This is a new tour – so many people requested it.

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 special cruise on the Goodtime I (Thus, the Walk in the Water tour). There will be appetizers, a cash bar, 50/50 drawing, waterfront trivia with prizes and other activities. Did we mention one magnificent sunset? Our tour guide will be Jim Miller, recognized as the leading expert on Sandusky’s maritime history. This is a once in a lifetime cruise!

Tickets for this special event will go fast, and there is limited seating, so order your tickets now.
$30 ($25 for members of the ECHS)
$50 per couple ($40 for ECHS members)

You can charge your tickets here 

Walk in the Water Tour tickets

or send a check to

P O Box 944
Sandusky OH 44871-0994

November 17 – Annual Meeting & Banquet at the Sandusky Yacht Club
5:00 Social hour and cash bar

5:45 Dinner
6:45 Business meeting
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 set and make your dinner reservation.  Reservations must be received by November 9.


The Erie County Historical Society is pleased to have taken an active part in the City of Sandusky’ Bicentennial celebration. Here are just some of the events that we participated in or hosted:

February 3 – Andy Gibbs appeared as Underground Railroad Conductor John Parker in the Sandusky Library Program Room, presented the Erie Co. Historical Society
April 18 — Jay Cooke: Shaping Sandusky and the U.S., presented by the Erie County Historical Society – at the Sandusky State Theatre.
May 6 – ECHS held a MEMBERS ONLY historic walking tour of Washington Park at 4:30 pm.  The tour was followed by an optional social hour and dinner at the Sandusky Yacht Club. To participate – you had to be a member (Join for just $10)
May 19 – International Museum Day – 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 
July 4 – Speakers Series – One Day Event – The Sandusky Bicentennial Commission History Committee is organizing a “History Festival” which includes displays of historical artifacts from the area. The event took place at Adams School (2130 Hayes Ave, Sandusky). Speakers included:
10:30 am: John Hildebrandt: “Top 10 Significant Events in Sandusky History”
11:30 am: Jim Semons: “Sandusky’s First Photographer, Ernst Niebergall”
1:30 pm: Jackie Mayer: “Early Life and Becoming Miss America”
2:30 pm: Ron Davidson: “Daily Life in Sandusky 1818 and 1918”
3:30 pm: Jim Miller: “Maritime History” – All talks are scheduled for 15-20 minutes.
June 27 – Walking Tour – Explore Sandusky & the Underground Railroad  This tour was held in the memory of Esther Bates, Elaine Lawson, LoyBelle Poole and Janet Senne, founding members of the Sandusky Underground Railroad Education Center. They provided valuable information regarding Sandusky’s role in the URR movement, and they will be missed.
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 – Annual Membership meeting – at Chet and Matts Pizza. We had Confederate soldier Charlie Pierce, who gained infamy for his many attempted escapes from Johnson’s Island. Randy Koch gave a wonderful presentation, in costume!
November 18 – Annual Meeting & Banquet at the Sandusky Yacht Club – More details appear above.