If you are a history buff, you will want to make a stop in Sandusky, Ohio on your next vacation. There are tons of excellent historical sites in Sandusky! If you visit our page on the most unique and legendary places to visit in Ohio, you will find the most famous civil war historical site in Ohio, a military war prison – The Johnson’s Island Confederate Prison. If you visit the prison site and museum, there are several other places in the nearby area (about 30 minutes from the prison) that you may enjoy as well. The list is as follows:

Marblehead Lighthouse Museum (Marblehead)

The lighthouse is the oldest in continuous service on the Great Lakes.  It was constructed in 1821 by Sandusky stonemason William Kelly for $5,000.  It’s the only lighthouse in Ohio open to the public and is part of the Marblehead Lighthouse State Park.  We are open for tours of the Lighthouse, Keeper’s House and U.S. Lifesaving Station Museum from Memorial Day until labor Day each summer between noon and 4:00 pm.  The park has no gate and it is open for visitors to tour the grounds at any time.  There is public fishing from the shoreline and numerous picnic tables are scattered around the grounds.

The Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society staffs the park with our volunteers and our website can be found at www.marbleheadlighthouseohio.org.  (information above provided by the Lighthouse staff)

Maritime Museum of Sandusky 

The maritime museum has exhibits on shipwrecks, boating, and and ice harvesting. Take a step back in time and see how life was life on a ship! New to the museum, they have also added an exhibit on the underground railroad.

The pricing is $7 for adults, $6 for kids, and $18 for a family. They offer free admission for all active duty military from memorial day to labor day as well.

Follett House Museum

This four story museum and library showcases the history of Sandusky from the civil war time and beyond. View displays from various Ohio industries including shipping, textiles, fishing, and stone cutting. At the rooftop of the museum there is a widow’s walk where you can take in excellent views of the surrounding area. A block from the museum is the library where you can view various manuscripts, photographs, maps, and documents.

Veterans Home Museum 

View war artifacts, pictures, and books at this museum from the Spanish American war all the way through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Facer Park

Facer park contains a series of educational sculptures and displays built in 2005, recognizing the cities efforts in the underground railroad. Come here to view displays of the fearless people escaping the chains of slavery.

Cooke Dorn House 

Go inside and take a look at the way life looked like in the 50’s in Ohio. View antique furniture, a beautifully-landscaped yard, and exhibits on the history of the house. Walking through the house takes about an hour.

If you are staying in the area, don’t miss our page on nearby activities to do in Cleveland