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Sandusky in Erie County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Village of Venice
1816-1963
 
Village of Venice Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Dale K. Benington, June 30, 2009
1. Village of Venice Marker
View of the front side of this historical marker.
 
Inscription. [Marker Front]:
The first Venice flour mill was built on this site in 1822. Russell Heywood of Buffalo bought the mill in 1831 and rebuilt it in 1833. Fed by water from underground springs, the mill was in almost constant operation. Farmers from throughout northern Ohio and southern Michigan brought their grain to Venice for processing. Venice flour was an important staple for pioneers settling the Midwest. A six-hundred-foot pier on Sandusky Bay allowed cargo vessels to load flour for transport. By 1875, demand led to day and night shifts at the mill. After 122 years, the mill closed in 1945. The building was razed in 1962.

[Marker Reverse]:
Venice was laid out in 1816 by Maj. Fred Falley. By 1818, it was the largest village west of Cleveland. Venice took part in the region's wine industry. The Steuk family's vineyards were planted in 1865, with the Dora family beginning grape production in 1869. The Mantey Winery opened in 1880, and operates today as Firelands Winery. Of several communities of faith established in Venice; one remains. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church began as a mission of Zion Lutheran, Sandusky. Zion finished the "Venice Chapel" in 1914. Trinity Church was organized in 1926. The Village of Venice was annexed into Sandusky in 1963.
 
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Village of Venice Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Dale K. Benington, June 30, 2009
2. Village of Venice Marker
View of the reverse side of this historical marker.
 
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Congregation and the Erie County Historical Society.
 
Location. 41° 26.729′ N, 82° 46.21′ W. Marker is in Sandusky, Ohio, in Erie County. Marker is on Venice Road (U.S. 6) near Fremont Avenue (U.S. 6), on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sandusky OH 44870, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Sandusky (within shouting distance of this marker); Medusa Portland Cement Company (approx. 2.7 miles away); Snow's Grist Mill (approx. 3.8 miles away); Johnson's Island Prison (approx. 4.4 miles away); In Memory of Mason, Simonds & Mingus (approx. 4.9 miles away); First Battle Site (approx. 5 miles away); The Keeper's House (approx. 5 miles away); Johnson's Island (approx. 5.1 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This historical marker is located on the southeast corner of the T-intersection with Venice Road and Fremont Avenue. Both of these roads are part of US 6, which 0.6 miles to the south has a junction with state route 2, and then us 6 follows Fremont Avenue north to this intersection with Venice Road, where US 6 turns eastward. It is situated in what use to be the community of Venice, Ohio, which is now part of Sandusky, Ohio.
 
Village of Venice Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Dale K. Benington, June 30, 2009
3. Village of Venice Marker
View of the historical marker in the foreground with a view of the T-intersection of Venice Road and Fremont Street (along with the historical marker for Fort Sandusky) in the background.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on July 3, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 950 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 3, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
 
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