Time Traveler Series

Stories surrounding our local history

Welcome to the "Time Traveler Series" webpage, a captivating online destination that takes you on a fascinating journey through the history of our local area. Delve into the past as we uncover hidden tales, forgotten anecdotes, and remarkable events that have shaped the very fabric of our community. Through a curated collection of engaging posts, we invite you to become a modern-day time traveler, exploring the rich tapestry of our heritage, and gaining a deeper understanding of the people, places, and pivotal moments that have left an indelible mark on our surroundings. Join us as we unravel the mysteries of time and embark on an enthralling exploration of our local history.

Historical & Educational

Welcome Center in Sandusky has a Remarkable History

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Part of our Time Traveler Series There’s something intriguing about old buildings that draw you in. The history, the character, the stories embedded into the walls from generations of people who have walked the floor boards over the years. That’s why I, for one, was…

Historical & Educational

Shores & Islands Ohio | Holiday Traditions

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Part of our Time Traveler Series, this post was contributed to by both Angie George and Brian Shifflet, Shores & Islands Ohio Visitor Services Managers Christmas: For centuries, people around the world have held mid-December celebrations, but Christmas, as we know it in…

Historical & Educational

Tribal | Shores & Islands Ohio

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Part of our Time Traveler series As we recognize November as Native American Heritage Month and continue toward Thanksgiving, many may conjure the image of happy pilgrims and indigenous tribes dining and celebrating together. Like much of history, however, the reality of life…

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Part of our Time Traveler Series Spiritualism, at its simplest, is the belief that spirits of the dead exist and desire to communicate with the living. Spiritualism and its adherents abounded throughout Ohio and the nation during the latter half of the 19 th century and into the…

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Part of our Time Traveler Series If you have stopped by our Shores & Islands Ohio Port Clinton Welcome Center, you may have noticed a bit of a change in the flower beds bordering our parking lot. This spring our office crew planted over 600 native flowers and grasses that…

Historical & Educational

History of Vermilion's Crystal Beach

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Part of our Time Traveler Series Shores & Islands Ohio has a century-and-a-half-long history of providing the ying-yang of both thrills and relaxation to vacationers. Dating back to 1870, Cedar Point Amusement Park, also known as the Roller Coaster Capital of the World…

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Part of our Time Traveler Series On the side of a small lane in Marblehead, Ohio lies a rocky plain of former quarry land, that each May turns to a carpet of gold. The creator of this yellow glow is the Lakeside Daisy ( Tetraneuris herbacea ), an endangered plant that grows on…

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Part of our Time Traveler Series Rutherford B. Hayes may not be the first person to come to mind when one recalls presidential history, but his presidency, while contentious, has had a lasting impact on our nation. His presence in the Shores & Islands Ohio region and its…

Historical & Educational

The Big Ditch: Ohio and Milan Canal History

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Part of our Time Traveler Series On June 29, 1956, President Eisenhower signed a bill establishing the interstate highway system. But before modern-day interstate systems, natural features such as rivers, along with man-made waterways, acted as main transportation routes. Cities…

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Part of our Time Traveler Series Did you know that your Gin and Tonic has a connection to Shores & Islands Ohio? The quinine in tonic was essential to survival in the early days of European settlement in the region known as The Great Black Swamp. But let’s start at the…

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Part of our Time Traveler Series Winemaking has a long history in Shores & Islands Ohio. The region boasts two appellations, The Lake Erie Appellation, and the only island viticultural appellation in the United States, Isle St. George (the island itself is also known as North…

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Published June 2022 Time Traveler Series, guest post by Brian Shifflet, Visitor Experience Manager In late summer 1873, a small group of men, under the sponsorship of the Methodist Central Ohio Conference, cleared some land on the Marblehead peninsula. In this clearing they built…

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Published May 2022 The iconic Marblehead Lighthouse, one of the most photographed Lake Erie landmarks, will turn 200 years old this year and the entire community is poised to celebrate this momentous occasion. The oldest continuously-operating lighthouse on the Great Lakes has…

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Published May 2022 Time Traveler Series, guest post by Brian Shifflet, Visitor Experience Manager To understand the history of tourism in the Shores & Islands Ohio region, it helps to understand a brief history of tourism in the United States. While elite colonists and early…

East Shores

Thomas Edison: Born in Milan, Ohio

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Published December 2020 One of America’s most important inventors was born in the Lake Erie Shores & Islands town of Milan, Ohio, in 1847. The Village of Milan is quite proud to be the birthplace of invention and you’ll see it represented all over town, from the…

Historical & Educational

The History of Johnson's Island

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Published December 2020 The Shores & Islands area is known for its rich history and connection to milestone events in our country’s timeline. From Milan’s native son, Thomas Edison, to more light-hearted history with Knute Rockne perfecting the forward pass on…