Put-in-Bay is rich in Historical Events. All summer long visitors enjoy re-enactments, cannon firings, mock olde-tyme villages, pyrate fests, and even a throwback softball game. Finally, find your Put-in-Bay historical event from the options below.

Tour the Benson Ford Ship House

Tour the Benson Ford Ship House
Jun 09

Benson Ford Ship House Tour On June 9th, 2024 There are two Ship House tours in 2024, you can find the link to tickets for both below, be sure to be conscious of the date you’re buying tickets for! FOR TICKETS TO THE JUNE 9TH TOUR, VISIT: http://bensonfordjune9.eventbrite.com/ FOR TICKETS TO THE AUGUST 18TH TOUR, VISIT: http://bensonfordaugust18.eventbrite.com/ On June 9th,  visitors to Put-in-Bay will have the opportunity to check out the interior of an amazing PIB landmark and one of America’s most unique homes. The Benson Ford Ship House, once a freighter owned by Henry Ford, cut in half and...

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Annual Jose DeRivera Founder’s Day Celebration
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Annual Jose DeRivera Founder’s Day Celebration
Jun 15

Hop on a Put in Bay ferry to be apart of one of the most heartfelt weekends of the summer is Founder’s Day. Jose DeRivera was a Hispanic merchant who purchased the South Bass, Middle Bass, Sugar, Gibraltar, Ballast, and Starve Islands for the sum of $44,000 in 1854. Then, Jose sold off parcels of the land to the community for a fraction of the price. He sold the school property for $1 and the St. Paul’s church property for $10. Founder’s Day is in place to celebrate the rich history, strong island heritage and the impact DeRivera’s good deeds...

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Annual Put-in-Bay Pyrate Fest
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Annual Put-in-Bay Pyrate Fest
Jun 28 - 30

For over 10 years in a row, pirates be invadin’ Put-in-Bay’s downtown harbor on Friday at 4:00 PM to open the Put-in-Bay Pyrate Fest. Grab your wooden leg and your pet parrot, because you’re going to need them. Saturday will be an exciting day for kids and adults full of fun activities. Make sure you don’t miss the Pirate Parade downtown and the Best Costume Contest this side of Lake Erie. Adults and children are both encouraged to participate in this hot Put-in-Bay Ohio summer weekend. Additionally, the best adult pirate costume wins a trip to the Cayman Islands! Sounds...

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Benson Ford Ship House Tour

Benson Ford Ship House Tour
Aug 18

Benson Ford Ship House Tour On August 18th, 2024 There are two Ship House tours in 2024, you can find the link to tickets for both below, be sure to be conscious of the date you’re buying tickets for! FOR TICKETS TO THE JUNE 9TH TOUR, VISIT: http://bensonfordjune9.eventbrite.com/ FOR TICKETS TO THE AUGUST 18TH TOUR, VISIT: http://bensonfordaugust18.eventbrite.com/ On August 18th,  visitors to Put-in-Bay will have the opportunity to check out the interior of an amazing PIB landmark and one of America’s most unique homes. The Benson Ford Ship House, once a freighter owned by Henry Ford, cut in half and...

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1191 Ashburn Ave

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Put-in-Bay Ohio Historical Weekend
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Put-in-Bay Ohio Historical Weekend
Sep 06 - 08

If you love great summer weather and good times, and you’re also a history buff, this is the Put-in-Bay Ohio weekend for you. Put-in-Bay Historical Weekend is a grand occasion where the island remembers its incredible place in American history with reenactments, live entertainment, and art. It’s an excellent opportunity to have fun, learn, and enjoy all the things to do in put in bay. The Battle of Lake Erie The War of 1812 was not going particularly well for the fledgling nation of America prior to September 10, 1813. The British mounted many successful campaigns against America in 1812, including...

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OHS Muffins vs Put-in-Bay Mossbacks Baseball Game
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OHS Muffins vs Put-in-Bay Mossbacks Baseball Game
Sep 08

America’s pastime makes its way to Put-in-Bay for one of the most unique events of the summer in Ohio. Put-in-Bay plays host to the Ohio Historical Society Muffins as they take on the Put-in-Bay Mossbacks! To bet on such sports, you can search for keywords like BETEND. You’ll see a game of baseball played by the original rules of the game from the 1800’s and old-timey uniforms to match! It’s like taking a step back in time to the America of yesteryear. This classic clash between Muffins vs. Mossbacks is proudly sponsored by Miller Boat Line. Muffins vs. Mossbacks Info...

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Put-in-Bay Ohio and South Bass Island have a long and storied history. There have been inhabitants on the Bass Islands for the past 2,000 years. The Island’s history as a resort community spans only the last century. The first Europeans to arrive claimed the Island for the Spanish Empire, it was later turned over to England and then to the United States.

Who Made History?

The island has served as a stop for smugglers, wine makers, pirates, hunters, the American Navy and missionaries. In summary, Put-in-Bay Historical Events honor these early peoples.