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North Coast Concert Band performing at Wolcott Keeper’s House

North Coast Band performance at Wolcott Keeper's House in 2012.

Stirring band music and an ice cream social will bring the best of summer to the Wolcott Keeper's House, 9999 E. Bayshore Road, Marblehead this Saturday, July 12.  The 65 member North Coast Concert Band is returning for a 2 p.m. performance in the natural amphitheater behind the 1820's stone home of the first keeper of the Marblehead Lighthouse.  

Ice cream and desserts will be available in the Museum/Gift Shop adjacent to the House.  Bring a folding chair or blanket, and enjoy live music and sweet treats in the peaceful, historic setting.  Docent guided tours of the historic home begin at 11 a.m., and food service starts at noon.  Parking and restroom facilities are on site.  The Keeper's House is located 2 1/2 miles southwest of the Marblehead Lighthouse.

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Wolcott Keeper’s House opens June 10

The Wolcott Keeper's House, 9999 Bayshore Road, Marblehead, will open for the 2014 summer season on Tuesday, June 10 from 1-5 p.m.  Volunteers recently prepared with an informal training session with volunteer coordinators Bill and Sharon Coder refreshing memories on the place of the 1820's stone home in the history of the Firelands, and in the ongoing War of 1812 commemoration. Visitors frequently ask why the house is 2 1/2 miles away and isn't next to the lighthouse. Marblehead's first Lighthouse keeper, Benajah Wolcott, owned a farm on the peninsula, and the new lighthouse was a moderate overland walk from the back of his farm before Bayshore Road existed. 

Docents share other stories from the early history of the peninsula, and Wolcott's service in the Revolutionary War and as a member of the survey team for the Firelands land grant.  The property has a small museum and gift shop, and an assortment of books and DVD's about area history.  The house is a project of the Ottawa County Historical Society, who purchased it in 1989, restored it, and uses it as a venue for sharing the history of the Firelands and early Ottawa County. Music, military reenactments, frontier craft and fireplace cooking also make the Keepers House a popular destination for summer visitors.  

The 2014 schedule is 1-5 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from June 10 until August 28. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. from June 14 through October 11. Special events include Music in the Firelands, with frontier music and the North Coast Concert Band on July 12, hearth cooking on the Keeper's House fireplace September 13, and a Civil War encampment October 11 during the Lighthouse Festival.  

Visit our website, www.keepers.house or call 419-798-9339 for more information.  The house is open by appointment for groups. There are restroom facilities and accessible entry.

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Wolcott Keepers House had a busy clean up day

Friends of the Keeper's House and Boy Scout Troop 331 installed new carpet in the Museum/Gift Shop, washed windows, picked up pine cones and tree limbs in the yard, and mulched the flower beds on clean-up day last Saturday. They also cleaned the inside of the House, preparing it for a fresh coat of paint. 

Members of Scout Troop 331 assisting were Gilbert Marez, Nolan Johnson, Nate Borgio and leaders Curt Laubner and Ray Johnson.  Keeper's House friends participating were Phil Edwards, Sally Heximer, Rich Vedell, Nel Adcock, Suzy Dunham Wittenmyer, Rich Norgard, Jim Blm, Pat O'Keefe, Dick Taylor, and Bill and Sharon Coder.  

The summer season for the Benjamin Wolcott Keeper's House, restored 1820's home of the Marblehead Lighthouse's first keeper, starts on Tuesday, June 10.  Hours are 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and every Saturday from June 14, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The house is located 2 1/2 miles southwest of the Marblehead Lighthouse at 9999 East Bayshore Road. Phone 419-798- 9339 or check keepers.house for more information.

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