July 11, 2020 Saturday: OCHS--Event: Rotary Club of Port Clinton Perch Wagon

When: Saturday, July 11, 2020, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 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’. Tables and chairs will be provided 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


Becky Shemenski and her fireplace cooking crew will provide a hearth cooking demonstration.
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 10th Lighthouse Festival Civil War Encampment.

October 10, 2020 Saturday: OCHS--Event: Lighthouse Festival Civil War Encampment

When: Saturday, October 10, 2020, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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

The Ottawa County Historical Society Lighthouse Festival Civil War Encampment honors Henry Wolcott, son of Benajah and Rachel. The Ohio 14th Volunteer Infantry encamps for the occasion. Special performances from 11 am to 3 pm by Ohio 73rd Volunteer Regimental Band with 15-piece authentic uniforms and instruments playing Civil War era music.  Fireplace cooking demonstration; docent guided tours; gift shop and museum open.  Bean soup, cornbread, and cider.   Annual fundraising drawing at 3:00 p.m.




November 15, Sunday: OCHS--Program: Fall Meeting of the Membership

When:  Sunday, November 15, 2020, 12:30 p.m.

Where:  Catawba Island Club, 4235 E. Beachclub Road, Port Clinton

Fall meeting of the membership with election of officers.  All welcome to attend!

Our main speaker has not yet been selected.  Please check back soon!

Cost:  $25 per person.  Make check payable to the Ottawa County Historical Society.    Please send reservations no later than Wednesday, November 11 to:

OCHS c/o

Patrick O'Keeffe

1011 Taft Street

Port Clinton, OH 43452