The Ottawa County Historical Society offers a number of books and various “frontier” items for sale in the Annex located next to the Wolcott Keeper’s House. We are listing here our most popular items. If you wish to purchase any of these items, download the Order Form here, complete and mail it along with your check or money order as indicated.
Page & Stage Oral History 6-Volume Series: “The People of Ottawa County”
Lights at the Portage, A History of the Port Clinton Light Station, 1833-1952
By Richard J. Norgard (2017)
From back cover: Anyone fortunate enough to visit the charming lakefront community of Port Clinton, Ohio, is greeted by the sight of a diminutive lighthouse, white with forest green trim, overlooking the Lake Erie shore. Fortunate, indeed, because there is not another one like it anywhere. Beginning in 1896 the Port Clinton Lighthouse cast its steady red light over Lake Erie's sparkling blue-green waters for 56 years, guiding vessels safely into the harbor. Scheduled for destruction by the U.S. Coast Guard, local marina operators decided instead that the old light was worth saving and it remained under the watchful eye of caring family members. Sixty years later, in 2011, a group of dedicated volunteers set about restoring the Lighthouse to its original condition. The Port Clinton Lighthouse Conservancy accomplished what many thought impossible and in 2016 moved the restored light back to the Lake Erie Shore. This book tells the fascinating story of the Port Clinton's pier light, including its restoration and relocation. Norgard also reveals the untold saga of a young wilderness community's first lighthouse and the town's struggle to convince the government that its safety and indeed, its very livelihood, depended on its beacon of light. The book is also available for purchase at the Port Clinton Lighthouse located at 205 East Perry Street in Port Clinton.