• Ribbon Cutting Celebrating 30 Years-2018

Brothers Ray and Edward Keller transferred ownership of the Wolcott Keeper’s House to the Ottawa County Historical Society in November of 1989.    Flash forward 30 years and one clearly sees the Society has taken tender loving care of the Kelly-built Benajah Wolcott family stone house.   On Wednesday, June 6, 2018 OCHS President Patrick O’Keeffe cut the ribbon to celebrate not only the past 30 years but help welcome future generations to the recently restored Wolcott Keeper’s House.

(3rd from L to R) Bill Coder, Paul Moon, Patrick O'Keeffe
  • Opening Day-2018

With hearth cooking setting the stage, the Ottawa County Historical Society opened its 30th year at the Wolcott Keeper's House on June 2, 2018.  OCHS members Ray Machar made hearty soup to welcome our season's first visitors and Karl Kessler provided a house history talk.  (Photos provided by OCHS member Kathy Leonard.)

 

   

 Ray Machar talks hearth cooking techniques with a guest.

  Guests from Delaware, Ohio with Ray Machar and Karl Kessler.   Karl Kessler with guests.

 

  • Spring Cleaning-2018

The cool weather and occasional drizzles aside, the frontier home is made ready for our 30th year at the Keeper's House!   This year the merry band of cleaners included our faithful Scouts and members of the Society.   From inside floor sweeping and washing to outside yardwork, including a trip to the cellar, a good day's work was capped by pizza at noon.  (Photos by OCHS member Kathy Leonard)

 

  • Christmas Social-2017
     

Benajah and Rachel Wolcott would have been right at home in their home at the Ottawa County Historical Society Christmas Social.  Firelands Symphony Orchestra members Brian Shifflet and Ron Brooker welcomed approximately 50 guests with holiday music.  The two continuously-lit fireplaces banked and stoked by OCHS member Ray Machar provided the sole source of Keeper’s House heat.  Ray and fellow OCHS member Becky Shemenski put the fireplaces to an additional good use making mulled apple cider and gingerbread cookies.   Even the weather cooperated with only a slight dusting of snow!   From the Wolcott Keeper’s House to yours, “Happy Christmas to all and to all a good-night”-Clement Clarke Moore.   (Photos by OCHS member Kathy Leonard).

   

Firelands Symphony Orchestra members Brian Shifflet and Ron Brooker.

  OCHS member Ray Machar and guests.   OCHS member Becky Shemenski.

 

  • Lighthouse Festival Civil War Encampment-2017

On October 14, 2017, the annual Lighthouse Festival Civil War Encampment at the Keeper's House honors Henry Wolcott, son of Benajah and Rachel. The Ohio 14th Volunteer Infantry encamped for the occasion. There were special performances by the Ohio 73rd Volunteer Regimental Band with 15-piece authentic uniforms and instruments playing Civil War era music.  Model railroad train depicting quarry work was on display in the Annex, courtesy Roger Jensen.  Frontier craft demonstrations, bean soup, corn bread, cider and hearth cooking enjoyed by all.  Partial funding support for this event was provided by a grant from the Ohio Arts Council.  (Photos by Doug Huber)

 

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  • Ottawa County Commissioners Meeting-2017

On September 14, 2017, the Ottawa County Commissioners held their bi-weekly meeting at the Keeper's House.  (Photos by OCHS member Kathy Leonard).

   
 (L-R) Assistant Clerk Theresa Elder; Commissioners Mark Stahl, Mark Coppeler, James Sass    (L-R) Jim Sass, Bill Coder, Linda Huber, Paul Moon