The Island House

The Island House (HM2MHN)

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N 41° 35.637', W 82° 42.649'

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Datus and Sara Kelley built their home here
in 1843, known as
the Island House. It was located up the hill from the
steamboat landing and
the street from the island store (the Lodge,
1854). In 1873, Jacob Rush bought the property and built a 102-room hotel.
This "pleasure resort" was 224 feet wide and three stories
tall. It featured many amenities, including a bowling alley, billiard
parlor, bath houses, laundry,
barber shop,
livery stable,
and a
dancing pavilion (the Casino) overlooking the lake. A fire destroyed
the structure in November 1877.
Later owners
of the property where the hotel stood were
Clara Fann and George Schardt in
Frank Stang in 1895,
Jacob Kuebler in 1899,
and John
Himmeline in 1905. Himmeline sold the property to the Village for
use as a park in 1925.
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Year Placed2016
Placed ByWilliam G. Pomeroy Foundation, Village of Kelleys Island, and The Ohio History Connection
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 31st, 2019 at 5:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17G E 357414 N 5393892
Decimal Degrees-41.59395000, -82.71081667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 35.637', W 82° 42.649'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 35' 38.22" N, 82° 42' 38.94" W
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