Founded in 1840, Lake County is Ohio's smallest county but when it comes to history it may stand atop the list. Seventy-nine properties in the county have been designated National Historic Sites. Another twenty-seven sites have garnered historical markers from the Ohio Historical Society. Lake Metroparks is offering a bus tour this month on Wednesday April 29. A brief lecture precedes a driving tour of some of our county's hidden architectural and historical gems. Revisit a cityscape when mansions dotted the Wickliffe and Kirtland communities. See some of the early homes in downtown Willoughby dating back to 1810. Travel the roads of Mentor, Painesville and other local townships for often missed gems dating back to the Western Reserve Era and early American history.
Tour Highlights include-
‘Couallenby’ – Harry Coulby’s humble beginnings belie his importance in county history. He became Czar of the Lakes as a shipping magnate and Wickliffe’s first mayor in 1916.
Mooreland Mansion- The Grand Summer Home of Edward Moore encompassed 1300 acres in its day. Built in 1898, it entrance was located where the Olive Garden currently occupies at the Great Lakes Mall. This interurban railroad baron’s family lived at Mooreland until 1981 on what is now Lakeland Community College.
Lantern Court – Warren and Maud Corning married in 1928 and within a year began construction of their Georgian-style home. An investment banker by trade this summer home became their full-time residence after WWII.
Other sites include Frank Rockefeller’s site, Mentor Knitting Works, Havel’s Florist and much more.
For tour information visit www.lakemetroparks.com