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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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Concord Township-opoly

Concord Township-opoly

Lake County may have officially evolved in 1840 as an outgrowth from the counties of Trumbull and Geauga but Concord, Ohio has its earliest beginnings some 43 years earlier.  Surveyors tasked by the Connecticut Land Company to explore and record the lands of the Western…

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Annual Meeting Review

Annual Meeting Review

At last night’s Annual Meeting, we welcomed in Superintendent John Shepard from Painesville City Schools to talk with us about the history of education, and history IN education. While we were all surprised by his pop quiz (no fair!), it was even more amazing to hear…

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Arsenic and Old Letters Part III

Arsenic and Old Letters Part III

In the Part II of “Arsenic and Old Letters”, a little bit of census material had been found to help determine that Nathan Place and his new, young wife, Lucy Robins Place had moved away from New York to Lenawee County, Michigan where they owned…

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Eastern Lake County Beginnings

Eastern Lake County Beginnings

In the heart of the Connecticut Western Reserve, the Painesville-Grandon-Fairport area was the epicenter of lands surveyed by the Connecticut Land Company in 1796. Land long occupied by various Indian nations for untold generations gave way to incoming settlers. This early history is told by…

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Saving Mentor’s History

Saving Mentor’s History

For many years now I have shared brief glimpses of local history with my followers, both in print and at select events in person.  These stories offer a glimpse into a past that the general public has never seen or known.  Most of what is…

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A Few Female Firsts

A Few Female Firsts

Mentor City Council made history on January 5, electing Councilwoman Janet A. Dowling as president of Mentor City Council.  She is the first woman president of City Council in its 53-year history.  Dowling was a 1967 Graduate of Mentor High School and attended Lakeland Community…

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Tempus fugit and tempus mendaci & MMXVI

Tempus fugit and tempus mendaci & MMXVI

Time – it flies and it drags.  It is precious and it is wasted.  We are told that time waits for no one, and we’re told that time stands still.  Which is it?  As a youth whole summers whooshed by in a blur.  One moment…

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Year End Report

Year End Report

We are entering into a new year – our 78th to be exact. This past year has offered new beginnings and (as to be expected in a historic site) fantastic old traditions and finds, including a murder mystery from the 1800’s. Our mission at the…

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