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James & Crete: A Love Story

James & Crete: A Love Story

James & Lucretia Garfield’s Love Story What began as a marriage in November 1858 “based on the cold stern word duty,” turned into a 19th Century love story. James Garfield and Lucretia Rudolph probably should have never married. They were of very different upbringings ~…

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The Legacy of One-Room Schools

The Legacy of One-Room Schools

Dotting the back county roads, the casual traveler often passes by abandoned or second-third use repurposed remnants of a past era. These aging buildings may bring back remembered images, be seen as merely crumbling structures or reconnect you with a by-gone county era. Such is…

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Indian Point & the Whittlesey People

Indian Point Park: Ohio Historical Marker 27-43 – 2009  Lower Point – 12951 Seeley Rd Leroy Twp. Upper Point – 13165 Seeley Rd Leroy Twp As the fall season winds down, there is still time to enjoy a brisk hike thru history in one of eastern…

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Whatever Happened to Camp Klein?

Whatever Happened to Camp Klein?

The photo above shows a portion of the main entrance to the Camp Klein site, which today has been repurposed into Lake Metroparks’ Environmental Learning Center. Let’s look back at the history of Camp Klein  prior to its 1997 closing – before the 2001 purchase…

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Lake County Facts not found on the bottom of a Snapple Bottlecap!

Lake County Facts not found on the bottom of a Snapple Bottlecap!

Every Sunday morning in recent months I have enjoyed reading sports columnist Jeff Schudel’s educational ramblings entitled ‘I didn’t know that…until I read my Snapple bottle cap’.  This month’s entry shares with the reader 10 Lake County Facts not found, and most likely never to…

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Arsenic and Old Letters IV

Arsenic and Old Letters IV

Over a year has passed since the discovery in our collection of a letter written in 1839 containing the story of a possible murder.  Abel Randall in Bolton, New York, wrote to his brother, Jared in Kirtland, Ohio, about the exhumation of the body of…

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Painesville Beach State Park, Do You Remember?

Painesville Beach State Park, Do You Remember?

A favorite place for photographers, runners, lighthouse enthusiasts and families – Headlands Beach State Park has been part of Lake County from the very beginning. Lake Erie was originally much larger than it is today. People today won’t remember when an eastern outlet via the…

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Every Artifact Tells a Story; Concord Twp Site Recalls Walter Wellman and Connie Luhta

Every Artifact Tells a Story; Concord Twp Site Recalls Walter Wellman and Connie Luhta

  History surrounds us.  Whether it is past, present or in the making one can experience history daily.  Lake County may be Ohio’s smallest county but it has the most history.  Concord Township is not exception to this claim.  One need look no farther than…

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The Real Johnnycake Story & Concord Township

The Real Johnnycake Story & Concord Township

On the north end of Concord Township runs a road that motorists drive daily. It runs from the Painesville to the Mentor lines except for a brief stretch known as Button Road – Elijah Button was an early farmer. An 1820 Concord Township map mentions…

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Wedding Traditions of the Western Reserve

Wedding Traditions of the Western Reserve

  The first wedding in Lake County almost didn’t happen because the only preacher in the area at the time had “left the ministry.”  Pastor and Mrs. Moses Parks accompanied Ebenezer Merry at the end of the 18th century to Marsh Settlement near what is…

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