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Wolcott Keeper’s House summer season

Some of the 2013 Wolcott Keeper's House volunteers by the fireplace,  left to right: Larry McHale, Jan McHale,  Bob Bredbeck, Barbara Sminchak, volunteer coordinators  Bill and Sharon Coder  OCHS president  Paul Moon and vice president Rich Norgard Some of the 2013 Wolcott Keeper's House volunteers by the fireplace, left to right: Larry McHale, Jan McHale, Bob Bredbeck, Barbara Sminchak, volunteer coordinators Bill and Sharon Coder OCHS president Paul Moon and vice president Rich Norgard

The Wolcott Keeper’s House’s summer season starts Monday, June 10, with Monday through Friday hours from 1-5 p.m. through Aug. 30th.   Trained docents and greeters are on hand to answer questions and to share the history of the 1820’s stone home of the first keeper of the Marblehead Light, Benajah Wolcott.   The house is also open June 8 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Last week new and experienced volunteers gathered at the Wolcott Keeper’s House, 9999 Bayshore Road in Danbury, to get reacquainted and to get ready to greet and inform the thousands of visitors that come throughout the season to enjoy the restored home, the museum, and adjacent historic cemetery, and to learn about life on the Firelands frontier.

The Keeper’s House site was in the middle of one of the first skirmishes of the War of 1812, and celebrated the bi-centennial of that event last year.  Docents are versed in that event and other events in the site’s long history, and are ready to share stories with visitors.   Special 2nd Saturday open house are scheduled each month through October from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., with Music in the Firelands on July 13, and a Civil War encampment on October 12.  

The Wolcott Keeper’s House is a project of the Ottawa County Historical Society, who purchased and restored the home in the 1990’s, and uses it as a venue to share local history.  The house and grounds and programming are supported through donations, grants, and fund raising.  This year’s fund raising raffle prizes include:  "The Marblehead Destination Bracelet" a $195 value, from  Emilys GSE Jewelers in Port Clinton, a $75 Gift Certificate for Martha & Molly’s in Marblehead. a framed Richmond print "The Keepers House" and a Heritage queen size Quilt & Shams, also from Martha and Molly’s. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 at the Keeper's House Annex or any OCHS member.

For more information go to www.thekeepershouse.org.   To volunteer, call 419-798-5832.

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