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Remarkable Lake County

Welcome Association Executives and Industry Partners to the 2020 Virtual Conference Experience!

2020 OSAE Annual Conference August 31-Sept. 2

Discover some of Ohio's most popular travel destinations only twenty miles east of Cleveland on the southern shores of Lake Erie. Experience breathtaking vistas and more!

Where the Lake Erie shore meets with rustic hills, heritage destinations, delicious wines and two of Ohio’s Top 10 Beaches (Fairport Harbor and Mentor Headlands). Remarkable Lake County is home to six miles of scenic beaches, world-renowned Lake Metroparks, the James A. Garfield National Historic Site, Historic Kirtland, the Kirtland Temple, the Grand River Valley (Ohio’s Premier Wine Region) and several Fine Arts venues (Fine Arts Association- Willoughby, Mentor Fine Arts Center, Rabbit Run Theatre).

An important stop on the Underground Railroad: The Unionville Tavern, originally built as two separate log cabins in 1798, is the oldest tavern in Ohio. Long before Ohio became a state, it was once an active part of northeast Ohio's underground railroad. The log cabins were remodeled into the two-story saltbox-style inn with a covered carriage entrance and ballroom. The tavern was patronized by travelers, party-goers and runaway slaves in carriages, covered wagons and on horseback. In the mid-19th century, runaway slaves were given a temporary hide out inside the tavern on the first floor while guests enjoyed dancing upstairs in the ballroom. To leave or enter the tavern, slaves would take underground tunnels from the basement to a false headstone in the Unionville Cemetery. After leaving the tavern, slaves would go to Ellensburgh docks on the shores of Lake Erie to cross into Canada. The tunnels used by escaped slaves still exist in the tavern’s basement, but have been blocked off.

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What do you know about Remarkable Lake County?

Lake County is a county in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the population was 230,041. The county seat is Painesville. The county was established on March 6, 1840 from land given by Cuyahoga and Geauga Counties. Its name is derived from its location on the southern shore of Lake Erie.

The land that became Lake County was home to the indigenous Erie people prior to the arrival of the French in the region during the early 1600s, and considered by the French to be part of their colony of New France. Ceded to Great Britain in 1763, the area became part of the province of Quebec through the Quebec Act of 1774. Following the American Revolutionary War, it became part of the Connecticut Western Reserve in the Northwest Territory, then was purchased by the Connecticut Land Company in 1795.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 979 square miles (2,540 km2), of which 227 square miles (590 km2) is land and 752 square miles (1,950 km2) (77 percent) is water. It is Ohio's smallest county by land area but the third-largest by total area. It borders Ontario across Lake Erie.

Ridges on the Lake Plain physiographic region, and on which some roads are laid, are beaches formed by the various glacial lakes which occurred as the glaciers receded. Lake Maumee was the highest glacial lake at about 760 feet, and left Maumee II beach. Whittlesey beach, formed by Lake Whittlesey at 740 feet, is known as South Ridge. Arkona beach (Lake Arkona) is Middle Ridge and occurs at about 690 feet. North Ridge is the remnant of Warren beach (Lake Warren), at an elevation of 685 feet. Elkton beach is the northernmost ridge, at 625 feet, an occurred at the time of Lake Elkton. Lake Shore Boulevard follows Elkton beach in Mentor Township. Mentor Marsh, which is an abandoned channel of the Grand River, is an Ohio State Nature Preserve.

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