Every year, fourth-grade students throughout the state dive into Ohio History. The exploration of history, however, isn't confined to fourth-grade classrooms.

Every year, fourth-grade students throughout the state dive into Ohio History. The exploration of history, however, isn’t confined to fourth-grade classrooms.

This school year, embark on weekend adventures with family members of all ages to discover or re-discover more about Ohio’s unique past.

For this week’s Ohio History trip, we’ll explore the Lake Erie Shore.


It sounds a little different to look at a cemetery as being a “destination,” but the Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland is quite historic and deserves a visit if, for no other reason, than to visit the Garfield Monument.

The monument was dedicated in honor of James A. Garfield our 20th president, elected in 1890. It stands 180 feet tall and has 154 steps.

In the monument, you can view the caskets of the president and his wife, Lucretia, as well as historic stained glass and a beautiful dome. A great view of the city and lake can be seen from the outside area on the upper level.

The monument is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Along with the Garfield Monument there are many other notable people buried in the cemetery. Wade Chapel was built to honor Jeptha Wade, the founder of Western Union Telegraph Co., as well as the first president of the Lake View Cemetery Association.

This building is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Another place of interest is the Rockefeller Monument in honor of the family of John Davison Rockefeller the founder of Standard Oil Company. This monument is 65 feet tall, weighs 357,680 pounds and is made of the one piece of granite – the largest ever quarried for a memorial.

On your visit, take-in the Lake View Cemetery Dam dedicated in 1978 as the largest concrete poured dam (at that time) east of the Mississippi River.

A variety of tours are available including bus, self-guided and walking tours. Through these tours you’ll discover geology, horticulture, nature, animals, architecture and points of interest. There are picnic tables and hiking trails available.

More information is available at lakeviewcemetery.com. The Garfield Monument and Wade Chapel are open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 1 through Nov. 19. Guides are on site during these hours.

Lake View Cemetery is located at 12316 Euclid Ave. in Cleveland. For additional information call 216-313-9816.


Lake Erie, near Put-in-Bay, was an important part of U.S. history.

It was here that 557 brave patriots, under the direction of U.S. Navy Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, defeated the British. The battle in September 1813 played an important role as the battle at

Put-in-Bay was the turning point of the War of 1812. Not many school history lessons dwell on the importance of the battle.

This area offers many fun and historic adventures for families. Just driving your car onto one of Miller’s Ferries for the ride to the island is fun. Walk the island, take the island tour train or rent bikes or a golf cart during your visit.

Visit Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, which was established to honor those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie. Go up the 352-foot Doric column, standing above Lake Erie just five miles from the longest undefended border in the world. It is in the Village of Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island.

For more information visit www.shoresandislands.com.

Find Miller’s Ferry at 5174 E. Water St. in Port Clinton, 43452. The ferries do not run year round so check dates and times before you go. Additional information is available www.millerferry.com.


While in the area visit Thomas Edison’s birthplace in close by Milan. Thomas Alva Edison was an inventor of many things we all use today. He made our lives simpler by inventing the light bulb.

Edison’s home is open to visitors February through December. There, you will find many of his inventions on a guided tour with plenty of fascinating  facts important to our Ohio history.

The home was first opened by Edison’s wife Mina and his daughter Madeleine as a tribute to the beginnings of this great man. Many of his decedents are involved in caring for the home today.

Edison’s home is located at 9 Edison Dr. (off of state Route 13) in Milan.

For more information call 419-499-2135 or visit www.tomedison.org.

There is so much more to do in the area of Sandusky. Visit www.lakeerieshoresandislands.com for the up to date info on all the fun and history.

Make it a fall trip to enjoy the beauty the Ohio foliage offer.