Historical Society tours scheduled for Keeper’s House

Jun 21, 2023 | Entertainment | 0 comments

Marblehead’s John Starcher dishes up a steaming bowl of bean soup at the Wolcott Keeper’s House.

The Ottawa County Historical Society has announced the summer schedule for the Wolcott Keeper’s House, the 1820’s home of the Marblehead Lighthouse’s first keeper, Benajah Wolcott.

The authentically restored House at 9999 E. Bayshore Rd., Marblehead is now open for docent guided tours on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 1-4 p.m. now through Saturday, Aug. 26. The Wolcott family cemetery is available for self-guided tours.

The adjacent Museum/Gift Shop displays photos of the Wolcott family, and tools and artifacts like those used on homesteads in the early 19th Century. The gift shop offers a variety of gifts and souvenirs, as well as books about local history by local authors.

Special events at the Wolcott Keeper’s House include a visit by the Rotary Perch Wagon on Saturday, July 8, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., offering perch dinners, sandwiches and sides. Balladeers Steve and Lisa Ball will serenade diners for a laid back summer afternoon.

The annual Civil War Encampment returns on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., with members of the 14th Ohio Volunteer Infantry demonstrating camp craft and military drill techniques. Period music will be provided by Allan Howey with cornet, bugle, banjo and guitar.

Bean soup, cornbread, and cider will be available, and the Keeper’s House fireplace cooking crew will demonstrate their skills with authentic recipes to sample.

For more information, visit the OCHS website at www.ottawacountyhistory.org or their Facebook.

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