Wolcott Keeper’s House to open for the season; Celebrating 200th anniversary!

Jun 8, 2022 | Around Ottawa County, Featured | 0 comments

The 200th Anniversary Banner is up at the Wolcott Keeper’s House on the Marblehead Peninsula.

A volunteer cook prepares a delicious meal in the fireplace at the Wolcott Keeper’s House, just the way families did in the early 1800s.

The Wolcott Keeper’s House, 9999 E. Bayshore Road, Marblehead, will open for the Marblehead Lighthouse’s 200th anniversary season on Saturday, June 11, and mark the occasion with a special anniversary banner and a fireplace cooking demonstration.

Head cook Becky Shemenski will fix dishes from the early 19th Century using the restored fireplace. Visitors will be tempted to sample the offerings produced by Shemanski’s authentic skills and the unique aromas of fireplace cooking. The demonstrations highlighted daily life back in 1822, when newly-appointed lighthouse keeper Benajah Wolcott built the stone federal-style home for his new bride, Rachel Miller.

The house was built at the same time and by the same builder, William Kelly, as the Marblehead Lighthouse.

The house and museum/gift shop will be open for visitors that day from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thereafter, the regular Keeper’s House hours will be Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1-4 p.m.

Special Saturday events include a visit by the Rotary Perch Wagon on Saturday, July 9 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., with great yellow perch dishes and sides,  and music by balladeers Steve and Lisa Ball.

Saturday, Sept. 17, the Ottawa County Historical Society will participate in an Ohio Open Doors, with story tellers at the Keeper’s House sharing tales about the Wolcotts, and other early residents, the Danbury Peninsula, and life and events in the early 19th Century.

The annual Civil War Encampment on Saturday, Oct. 8, features the 14th Ohio Voluntary Infantry and the 73rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Band from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Other events include the annual potluck picnic on Wednesday, Aug. 24; and the dedication of the 21st historical marker in Ottawa County, at Holy Assumption Orthodox Church in Marblehead on Tuesday, Aug. 30, at 2:30 p.m.

A new rack card with the schedule and photos of past events is now available at local visitor centers, chambers of commerce, libraries and other venues throughout Ottawa County.

Visit the Ottawa County Historical Society’s website at www.ottawacountyhistory.org for updates and more information about the Wolcott House and other area history and historical sites.

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