" How will our children know who they are if they don't know where they come from? "
That is what history is all about. Located at the mouth of the Chagrin River, Eastlake has had a history 300 years in the making. Lake Erie and the Chagrin River are common threads in the historical events of Eastlake's story. The Erie Indians were the earliest known occupants of the area known today as Eastlake / Timberlake. A recorded settlement of Erie Indians was noted on the banks of the Chagrin River in 1750. The year 1849 officially marked the designation of the Village of St. John. Finally, in September, 1948 the village of Eastlake is duly recorded.
The Eastlake Historical Society is currently working on the Arcadia Publishing book about the history of Eastlake. The society needs primary sources and input into the origins and histories of yacht clubs on the Chagrin River. Pat White, former commodore of the Chagrin Lagoons Yacht Club has met and shared some information and pictures. The Society is seeking input, photos, and testimonies from county residents and members of the other three local yacht clubs. Society members welcome people to visit the display rooms at City Hall each Thursday afternoon at 3pm. Visitors may stop by or contact the Society to make contributions to this community history book.