Sunset over the Bay looking toward
Cedar Point from the shores of Taylors Resort, Marblehead Ohio
Brad Dolch Marblehead, Ohio
Head west 25 minutes to the Marblehead Peninsula and begin your adventure at the oldest continueously operating lighthouse on the Great Lakes. The Marblehead Lighthouse State Park features picnic grounds, breathtaking views of the outer islands and massive sheets of native rock. The Lighthouse is open for tours Monday through Friday during June, July and August. Visit the on-site museum for fascinating local history, lighthouse memorabilia and artifacts.
When leaving Johnson's Island, continue one-half mile east on Bayshore Road (Route 163) to the historic Keeper's House, home of the first Lighthouse keeper Benajah Wolcott. This house is open the same hours as the Marblehead Lighthouse. A pleasant stroll down the street alongside the House takes you back in the woods to the restored Wolcott Cemetery. Across the street from the Keeper's House will find Battlefield Park dedicated to the War of 1812.
Harpster-Davenport Guest House
1751 County Road 308, Bellevue, Ohio 44811
Confederate soldiers, 206 of them, are buried on Johnsons Island, a former Civil War prison. The island, surrounded by Ohio’s Sandusky Bay its name from L.B. Johnson who bought the land in 1852. Today, there's not much on this private island except some homes and the remains of what was once Johnson's Island Confederate Officers Prison. No prison buildings are left, but a black iron fence-enclosed cemetery protects the graves of 206 Confederate soldiers who died here, all marked with headstones of white Georgia marble, placed here in 1890.
Guarding the rows of white markers is an impressive bronze statue of a Confederate soldier, sculpted by Sir Moses Ezekiel. As is customary for Civil War statues, the soldier faces north so as not to signal defeat; hence, the soldier looks out into the bay rather than back at the cemetery grounds. Another marker lists the names of the 206 who are buried here (helpful since many of the headstones have become unreadable over the years).
At one time, some 9,000 Confederate soldiers and civilians reportedly were housed on the island, which was chosen because of it offered convenient access for supplies and maintenance, needed for a prison of its size (originally, it was designed to hold 2,500 prisoners). At one time, there were at least 40 buildings outside the stockade, including officers' barracks, barns and stables. From April 1862 until September 1865, more than 10,000 Confederates are believed to have come and gone. Although only 206 soldiers are buried here, some estimates show the total deaths at the prison may have exceeded 300 during the Civil War.