Historic Walking Tours

3-5 Hours

Walking tour #1: 

This is a video slideshow featuring 18 historic buildings and houses along E. Lakeshore Drive from the ferry dock to downtown. It is easily viewable online or on your phone or tablet. As you are walking along the lakeshore road, you can pause the video and read the text while comparing the new and old photos. Along this road you will find a house that was once a 50-room hotel and discover what happened to the 102-room hotel that was located right downtown.

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Walking tour #2:

Part 2 of the walking tour takes you to the heart of the island, the downtown, and partway down Division Street to the History Museum of the Kelleys Island Historical Association. Along the way you will discover the history of some of the oldest businesses on the island, learn about three churches, and find out which house was once a gas station.

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Cemetery tour:

Tour the Kelleys Island cemetery and view the unusual monuments. Pioneers, Civil War soldiers, children and old island families rest here.
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Kelleys Island and the Civil War

The soldiers of Kelleys Island tell their own stories about life during the Civil War. 100 of the 600 residents of this small island became soldiers and their stories can be found in Kelleys Island 1862-1865 - The Civil War, the Island Soldiers & the Island Queen.
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