Put-In-Bay: The Construction of Perrys Monument by Jeff KissellWe have met the enemy and they are ours. . . . So wrote Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry to General William Henry Harrison following his decisive victory over a British fleet at the Battle of Lake Erie. Perrys victory served as a catalyst both for this battle and for ending hostilities in the Old Northwest Theater of the War of 1812. Captured here in over 200 vintage images from the Monument archives, is a pictorial and technical record of how a monument befitting this naval victory and the resulting peace became a reality.During the remainder of his life, the country heralded Perry as a national hero whose bravery and fortitude enabled the U.S. to win, or gain an honorable peace from, its war with England. A deserving result of this victory was creation of a monument to honor Perry and his men. The story of the construction of the monument is as thrilling as the bravery that inspired it-seen here are the original photographs taken by prominent Put-in-Bay photographer G. Otto Herbster, capturing the builders, architects, mishaps, and triumphs that occurred during the construction of one of Ohios most revered treasures.
Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial
Luis Gateway Arch. This year visitors can expect a refurbished appearance when the monument reopens as every single mortar joint on the surface was repointed. According to Barbara Fearon, who is the superintendent for the monument, the timing of these repairs could not have been more crucial. Fearon went on to say that those general improvements were also made to the grounds surrounding the base of the monument. Beginning this past weekend the memorial, including the visitors center and observation deck, will be open to the public every day from 10 a. Also, on Monday the 28th of May, the monument will host a Memorial Day celebration starting at 11 a.
Freelander and A. Seymour was chosen. Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial was established to honor those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of , and to celebrate the long-lasting peace among Britain, Canada and the U. The Memorial column, rising over Lake Erie, is situated five miles from the longest border in the world. Although the monument bears the name of Oliver Hazard Perry and six officers slain during the battle are buried under its rotunda, Perry himself is buried in Newport Rhode Island.
Visit Put-In-Bay Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial National Monument
We are new to the Great Lakes area and were so impressed with the history of this area. The park Learned History of the Lake and island. Major Ship battles and a nice 15 minute video. Great view
During the War of , control of Lake Erie was necessary for either American or British powers to gain the upper hand in the conflict. You can ascend over feet to the top of the column to get a wide view of Lake Erie, as well as some of the Canadian islands to the north. The monument museum also has plenty more information about Perry, the battle and the War of There are three flags just outside the monument, one American, one Canadian, one British, all hung at the same height to symbolize the lasting peace between the countries. But thanks to the colossal column just behind them, no one will ever forget who the best fighter on Lake Erie was that day. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of Atlas Obscura in your inbox.
This ft column is a powerful symbol of everlasting peace between nations. Completed in , it is the tallest Doric column in the world. Doric columns are noted by their simple capitals atop the column. The monument recently underwent a series of renovations and reopened in It also closes intermittently for cleaning and repairs. To get to the observation deck, visitors walk up 37 steps to the visitor center. Once they pay admission, a park ranger takes them up an elevator to the deck.