Mentor in Lake County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
For over 200 years, the Mentor Lagoons have had a major impact on northeastern Ohio and its people. Located on the site of a large estuary where the Grand River once flowed into Lake Erie, the area evolved into a large marsh. It was here in 1797 that Charles Parker, a member of Moses Cleaveland's survey party, platted lands for the Connecticut Land Company and established the "Marsh Settlement," the first in what later became Lake County. Throughout the twentieth century, attempts were made to commercially develop this natural treasure, the most recent occurring in 1996. The proposed destruction of the Mentor Lagoons' pristine lakefront, upland forest and riverine marsh prompted Mentor voters to call for its preservation. For the first time in Ohio's history, voters affirmed eminent domain action to protect open space. This led to the city's acquisition of the 450-acre tract, now known as the Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve & Marina.
Erected 2002 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, City of Mentor, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 17-43.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 41° 43.546′ Touch for map. Marker is near the entrance to the Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve & Marina. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8365 Harbor Drive, Mentor OH 44060, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Marsh Settlement (here, next to this marker); Mentor Lagoons Water Trail (a few steps from this marker); Mentor Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.9 miles away); Fairport Harbor Lighthouse (approx. 3.8 miles away); La Salle Expedition (approx. 3.9 miles away); Rose Capital of the Nation (approx. 4 miles away); Railroad Connection (approx. 4.2 miles away); Garfield's Farm (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mentor.
Also see . . . Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve. (Submitted on June 25, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Environment • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 25, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 599 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 25, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.