July 14, 2018, Saturday: OCHS--Event: Rotary Club of Port Clinton Perch Wagon

When: Saturday, July 14, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Where: Wolcott Keeper’s House, 9999 E. Bayshore Road, Marblehead, OH

The Ottawa County Historical Society hosts the Rotary Club of Port Clinton Perch Wagon.   Perch dinners and sandwiches with a side of hand-cut French fries will be available from the Rotary Perch Wagon-Ottawa County’s own ‘food truck’- Saturday, July 14, from 11:00-3:00 at the Wolcott Keeper’s House, 9999 East Bayshore Road, Marblehead. Tables will be provided to eat on the grounds of the historic stone home of Benajah and Rachel Wolcott, first keeper’s of the Marblehead Lighthouse. Carryout is also available.

       Port Clinton Rotary Members


An added feature this year is Ray Machar and his fireplace cooking crew preparing delicious scones and other 18th century inspired desserts to finish off the feast. 


OCHS Member

Ray Machar

Tours of the restored residence and cemetery will be ongoing throughout the day, as will browsing for souvenirs and local history books at the adjacent Annex/farm museum.  The Keeper’s House stone exterior was recently restored to its 19th century integrity, revealing the original quality stonework. The Wolcott Keeper’s House is a living history project of the Ottawa County Historical Society.  It is supported by donations, grants, and fund raisers.  Tickets for the annual drawing will be available at the Annex for $1 each or 6 for $5.00.  Prizes include a copy of the book, History of Ottawa County, the First 175 Years; a framed Ben Richmond print, Holiday Hearth; and a gift certificate from Starcher Enterprises of Marblehead. The annual drawing is during the October 13th Civil War Encampment.

August 1, 2018, Wednesday: OCHS---Board Meeting

When:  Wednesday, August 1, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.

Where:  R Coffee Corner, 3848 E. Harbor Light Landing Dr, Port Clinton, OH

The Ottawa County Historical Society regular meeting of the Board.  All welcome to attend!

August 4, 2018, Saturday: PCLC---Event: 2nd Annual Port Clinton Lighthouse Festival

When:  Saturday, August 4, 2018, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where:  Port Clinton Lighthouse, 205 E. Perry Street, Port Clinton

The Port Clinton Lighthouse is the last remaining timber frame pier light on Lake Erie.  Once common on our inland seas, only four of these unique structures remain on the Great Lakes today.  In operation from 1896 to 1952, the Port Clinton Lighthouse has been fully restored to its original condition, thanks to a dedicated group of local volunteers.  Come and enjoy the day along with area residents for the 2nd annual Port Clinton Lighthouse Festival.  For more information, visit






August 15, 2018, Wednesday: OCHS Annual Potluck Picnic

When: Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Wolcott Keeper's House, 9999 Bayshore Road, Marblehead

SAVE THE DATE----This year's OCHS annual summer potluck will be at the Wolcott Keeper's House.  See the restored exterior of the House and meet new friends and old.  Guests and members of the public welcome.  More details to follow.