The View From Here
South Bass Island is the island you see toward your left (west) and has also been called "Put-in-Bay" for the harbor from which Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry launched his successful naval battle against the British fleet under Robert H. Barclay during the War of 1812. This naval victory was a major turning point in the war and is commemorated by Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial, a granite column rising 352 feet. Visitors have a spectacular view of Middle Bass and North Bass islands to the north.
As you read this plaque, you are facing north and the large island directly in front of you is Kelleys Island. Ferry service operates seasonally, transporting tourists and island residents across the 3 nautical mile span.
Visitors, to Kelleys Island State Park can witness the awe-inspiring Glacial Grooves, a 400 ft long trough, deeply sculpted in the limestone bedrock by, the force cf the glacial ice that created the Great Lakes some 18,000 years ago. It is the largest easily accessible geologic formation of its type in the world and is a National Natural landmark. Vestiges of the Kelleys Island Lime and Transport Company,
The Lake Erie Islands have been referred to as the "wine islands" owing to the highly profitable vineyard operations that date to the mid-1800s. The combination of the limestone soil and lake climate favored the cultivation of grapes for wine. In the early 1900s, large passenger steamers plied the waters between the islands and mainland and vacation resorts began a tourist industry which continues to flourish to this day.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War of 1812 • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1812.
Location. 41° 32.199′ N, 82° 42.745′ W. Marker is in Marblehead, Ohio, in Ottawa County. Marker is on Lighthouse Drive 0.1 miles east of Ohio Route 163, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 110 Lighthouse Dr, Lakeside Marblehead OH 43440, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Marblehead Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Lake Erie (within shouting distance of this marker); The Light / The Keepers of the Light (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The View From Here (within shouting distance of this marker); Johnson's Island
Credits. This page was last revised on April 19, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 18, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 18, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.