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.
Since 1965, the mission of the Erie County Historical Society is 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 is an attempt to add new storytelling tools to the effort. We invite visitors to travel back in time and visit our three historic walking tours created in partnership with the Sandusky Library.
We believe knowing and understanding something of the past gives a new level of appreciation to everyday life.
Thank you for visiting Erie County.
The Trustees and Members of the Erie County Historical Society