Event Summary


Join us on the shores of Lake Erie as we introduce you to three notable and unique men: Captain Oliver Hazard Perry from the War of 1812, Rutherford B. Hayes, the 19th President of the U.S., and boyhood misfit turned genius, Thomas Edison. Each of these remarkable men shaped our nation in such a significant way that the impact was felt around the globe. We will also visit Johnson’s Island, site of great escapes and spiritual revival among Confederate prisoners held there during the Civil War.


Ferry to Put In Bay 1


Oliver Hazard Perry Memorial 2


Oliver Hazard Perry


Johnson’s Island Confederate Cemetery 3


Johnson’s Island Museum 4


Johnson’s Island Military Prison


Thomas Edison’s Home 5


Thomas Edison


Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Home 6


Rutherford B. Hayes


Bill Potter


Rich Fellowship

Included in This Car Tour

  • Admission to all venues
  • All guide and docent fees and gratuities throughout the tour
  • Ferry fees to/from Put in Bay
  • Electronic headset receiver for ease of hearing guides
  • Biblical/providential interpretation from Bill Potter
  • Rich fellowship with other brothers and sisters in Christ
  • Landmark Events’ signature service throughout the tour

Not Included in This Tour

  • Transportation, tolls and parking fees
  • Accommodations
  • Meals — plenty of places to picnic!

Ticket Information

Note: Early Bird rates shown below available through May 13.


(5-12)

Full Tour*

$69 $55

Wednesday Only

$45 $35

Thursday Only

$45 $35


(Over 12)

Full Tour*

$95 $79

Wednesday Only

$59 $49

Thursday Only

$59 $49


(See below*)

Full Tour*

$349 $299

Wednesday Only

$225 $179

Thursday Only

$225 $179

* Unlimited immediate family members of the same household, please.

Image Credits: 1 Put-In-Bay, by Kevin Payravi; 2 Perry Monument, by Alvintrusty; 3 Johnson’s Island Confederate Cemetery, by Chris Light; 4 Johnson’s Island Museum, by Robert Maihofer II; 5 Thomas Edison Home, by Mike Sharp; 6 Rutherford B. Hayes Home, by Shadow2700

Tour Highlights


You are invited to join veteran military historian Bill Potter — a graduate of both Cedarville University and the University of Dayton — to explore some of the most important historic sites of Northern Ohio.

As the bicentennial of the War of 1812 comes to a close, we will visit the location of the headquarters of one of the most important American officers in that war, a man whose eponymous middle name suggested what he would become best known for: courage and victory, Oliver Hazard Perry. From his base at Put in Bay in Lake Erie, Perry launched one of the most successful campaigns of the war, a great victory over the British Lake fleet at a time when American successes were few and morale had faltered. Join us to learn the lessons that the life of Perry can teach us.


Oliver Hazard Perry Memorial 2


Oliver Hazard Perry

Ohio has often been called “The Mother of Presidents” and among the best of them is Rutherford B. Hayes. Elected in a monumental controversy and scandal over the election results from Florida in 1876, Hayes followed his victory with the termination of reconstruction in the south, civil service reform, and a reassertion of the power of the presidency. At the end of his life he said his service in the Civil War, where he was wounded five times as Colonel of the 23rd Ohio Infantry, was the greatest honor of his life, having also served as both Governor of Ohio and President of the United States. We will visit both the elegant home and the Presidential Museum of Rutherford Hayes in Norwalk and discuss the providential events in the life of the 19th President.


Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Home 6


Rutherford B. Hayes

Ohio provided several large Civil War POW camps in the War Between the States. Johnson’s Island Prison in Lake Erie housed many officers and other Confederate soldiers and was the scene of a few incredible prison breaks across the ice of the lake, as well as significant spiritual awakening among the men housed there. Join us to hear the stories and remember the unusual providences and controversies of prisoner incarceration and the bitter hardship of such life during the war.


Johnson’s Island Confederate Cemetery 3


Johnson’s Island Military Prison

The history of science and invention rarely take their place among the most visited historic sites. The home of inventor Thomas Edison is an exception. Though his workshop was uprooted and transported to Michigan, his home remains in Milan, the birthplace of one of the great geniuses of America and the location of his early education and formative years.


Thomas Edison’s Home 5


Thomas Edison

Image Credits: 1 Put-In-Bay, by Kevin Payravi; 2 Perry Monument, by Alvintrusty; 3 Johnson’s Island Confederate Cemetery, by Chris Light; 4 Johnson’s Island Museum, by Robert Maihofer II; 5 Thomas Edison Home, by Mike Sharp; 6 Rutherford B. Hayes Home, by Shadow2700

Event Speakers


Bill Potter

Historian Bill Potter

An experienced historian and avid bibliophile, Bill Potter combines a lifelong study of American history with an uncommon ability to captivate audiences of all ages as he traces the providential acts of God throughout the ages. Mr. Potter has taught history in high schools and colleges, has led many tours of American and European historical sites and brings to each event a wealth of experience and knowledge. An experienced researcher and writer, Mr. Potter possesses a practical knowledge of antiquarian books, documents, and artifacts and has published several short books and has penned many articles and book reviews for publication. Bill has earned a well-deserved reputation as a man gifted in communicating the story of God’s providential hand in American history. As a father of eight children, he appreciates the necessity of passing on to the succeeding generations the richness of both our regional and national history. He and his wife, Leslie, reside in Georgia where Bill serves as an elder at Chalcedon Reformed Presbyterian Church.

Note: Following the tour, Bill Potter will be speaking at the Teach Them Diligently homeschool convention in Sandusky. Those desiring to attend will need to register separately through the TTD web site.

Event Schedule

Note: Schedule times are subject to change.


Wednesday, May 27

8:30am

Picnic pavilion at Catawba Island State Park

10:00am

Miller Ferry to Put in Bay

1:00pm

Miller Ferry back to Catawba

2:00pm

Johnson’s Island Cemetery

3:30pm

Ohio Veterans’ Home Museum

5:00pm

Optional dinner/lecture/fellowship time

Thursday, May 28

9:00am

Milan Historical Museum / Tom Edison House

1:30pm

Rutherford Hayes Home / Museum

3:30pm

Closing comments - Tour ends by 4pm

Note: Following the tour, Bill Potter will be speaking at the Teach Them Diligently homeschool convention in Nashvile. Those desiring to attend will need to register separately through the TTD web site.

Accommodations

For those attending the Teach Them Diligently Conference at the Kalahari Resorts, convention rates are available through Teach Them Diligently. If you are coming just for the tour, there is a wide variety of accommodations throughout the Sandusky area.

Ticket Information


Included in This Car Tour

  • Admission to all venues
  • All guide and docent fees and gratuities throughout the tour
  • Ferry fees to/from Put in Bay
  • Electronic headset receiver for ease of hearing guides
  • Biblical/providential interpretation from Bill Potter
  • Rich fellowship with other brothers and sisters in Christ
  • Landmark Events’ signature service throughout the tour

Not Included in This Tour

  • Transportation, tolls and parking fees
  • Accommodations
  • Meals — plenty of places to picnic!

(5-12)

Note: Early Bird rates shown below available through May 13.

Full Tour*

$69 $55

Wednesday Only

$45 $35

Thursday Only

$45 $35


(Over 12)

Note: Early Bird rates shown below available through May 13.

Full Tour*

$95 $79

Wednesday Only

$59 $49

Thursday Only

$59 $49


(See below*)

Note: Early Bird rates shown below available through May 13.

Full Tour*

$349 $299

Wednesday Only

$225 $179

Thursday Only

$225 $179

* Unlimited immediate family members of the same household, please.

If you have any questions, or if we can be of service in any way, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Study Preparation


Key People

Oliver Hazard Perry

President Rutherford B. Hayes

Lemonade Lucy

Bennett G. Burley

General Isaac Trimble

Henry Kyd Douglas

Thomas Alva Edison

Key Events

The War of 1812 and the Battle of Lake Erie

Election of 1876

Life in the midst of Lake Erie prison

Confederate plot to free prisoners on Johnson’s Island

World-changing inventions

 

Key Issues

War of 1812 causes and strategies

Civil War POWs

Ohio in the Civil War

The ending of Reconstruction

Abolitionism

Science and Providence

 

Recommended Reading List

A Signal Victory: The Lake Erie Campaign, 1812-1813 by David Curtis Skaggs

The War of 1812, by Benson Lossing

Oliver Hazard Perry: Honor, Courage and Patriotism, by David Curtis Skaggs

Portals to Hell: Military Prisons of the Civil War, by Lonnie R. Speer

Rebels on Lake Erie, by Charles Frohman

Johnson’s Island Prison During the Civil War, by Shepherd

Rutherford B. Hayes: Warrior and President, by Ari Higgenboom

The Fraud of the Century, by Roy J. Morris

The Wizard of Menlo Park: How Thomas Edison Invented the Modern World, by Randall Stross.






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