Schedel Arboretum & Gardens

WHERE:  19255 W. Portage River South Rd., Elmore, OH 43416


Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM- Last admission at 3:30 PM
Thursdays 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
​Sunday 12:00 to 4:00 PM  Last admission at 3:30 PM

The mission of the Schedel Arboretum & Gardens is to offer life enriching experiences, for current and future generations, by providing unique opportunities for the appreciation and study of nature and the arts."  The 17 acre garden estate is home to many unusual species of plant life uniquely incorporated into a landscape loving sculpted by human hands. 

NEW IN 2021:  Schedel is pleased to announce the opening of the Blair Museum of Lithophanes (3-dimensional translucent porcelain plaques which when back-lit reveal detailed images).  The collection is the largest in the world consisting of some 2,300 pieces and is the only lithophane museum in the United States.  Originally donated by collector Laurel Blair to the City of Toledo in 1993, the collection was housed in Mr. Blair's Old West End Toledo home until his death.  In July 2020, that collection was donated to the gardens.




Lakeside Heritage Society Archive & Museum

WHERE:  Archive---210 Walnut Avenue, Lakeside, OH; Museum--324 W. Third Street, Lakeside, OH

The Lakeside Heritage Society (LHS) houses its collection of historical records on Lakeside, the Marblehead Peninsula and the Chautauqua Movement in America in its new archives at 210 Walnut Avenue in downtown Lakeside. 

The archives will be open from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend Monday - Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m..  Volunteers will be present to respond to research requests.  Heritage Hall Museum which displays the LHS artifacts will be open during the summer season Tuesday - Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Scavenger hunts are offered each day for children. 

Guided walking tours are conducted on the Lakeside grounds on Wednesday and Friday mornings.   Lectures on local history topics are held on Sunday afternoons.

More information and a calendar of events is available on the website at or by calling 419-798-5519.

Federal and State covid-19 guidelines will be followed (required masks and social distancing).



Catawba Island Union Chapel Museum


WHERE:  5258 E. Porter Street, Catawba, OH

The Catawba Island Historical Society's museum at Union Chapel will open on Saturday, May 8.  Open to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and the 2nd & 4th Saturdays of each month until mid-October.  Hours will be from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  There is no charge for admission.

Union Chapel was built in 1888 to serve as a non-denominational Sunday school for area children.  To preserve the structure, ownership was transferred to Catawba Island Township in the 1990s and now leases the building to the Historical Society.   Several of the displays woven into the museum's overall "Timeline of Catawba" theme have been refined and updated. A new exhibit has been added in 2021 to honor the three Catawba Island soldiers who died in combat while serving their Country.

Federal and State covid-19 guidelines will be followed (required masks and social distancing).



Marblehead Lighthouse State Park

WHERE:  110 Lighthouse Drive (off SR 163-Main Street), Marblehead, OH
419-734-4424, ext. 2
Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society website:

WHEN:  12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. daily until Labor Day

The park grounds will be available dusk until dawn year round. The Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society offers tours of the Lighthouse, Keeper’s House and U.S. Lifesaving Station museums from noon until 4 pm daily, from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day weekend.

In the Lighthouse visitors can climb the 77 steps to the top of the oldest lighthouse in continuous service on the Great Lakes. Built in 1821 it is reputed to be the most photographed building in Ohio.  The 1880 Keeper’s House contains a gift shop and museum exhibits covering the lighthouse history and history of Marblehead. The beautiful Fresnel lens used in the lighthouse from 1903 until the 1960’s is on display.  The U.S. Lifesaving Station Museum is a replica of the structure built in Marblehead in 1876. It contains exhibits on the U.S. Lifesaving Service and a fully-restored 1931 Coast Guard surf boat on a marine railway. The exhibits cover rescue techniques and equipment and describe the transition of the Lifesaving Service into the U.S. Coast Guard in 1915.

The park grounds offer picnic and fishing opportunities, adequate parking and a newly-completed public restroom facility. The cost to climb the lighthouse is $3 for adults, with children under 6 admitted free. All other facilities and buildings are free of charge.

More detailed information, photographs, maps and our online Gift Shop can be found on our website at You can also follow us on Facebook.