- Monday to Friday: 9:00AM-5:00PM
- Saturday to Sunday: 9:00AM-5:00PM
- Closed: October 24 - May 19
Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial was established to honor those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie, during the War of 1812, and to celebrate the long-lasting peace among Britain, Canada and the U.S. The Memorial, a Doric column, rising 352 feet over Lake Erie is situated 5 miles from the longest undefended border in the world.
The Perry Peace Memorial and Visitors Center on Put in bay was built in honor of Oliver Hazard Perry, who defeated the British in a huge naval battle on Lake Erie that played a key role in the American victory in the War of 1812.
Western Lake Erie and the surrounding land areas on Ohio, Michigan and Canadian Ontario were the scenes of skirmishes and battles during the War of 1812. The American cause suffered a series of humiliating defeats at the outset of the struggle. General William Hull's invasion of Canada failed, and Hull, in disgrace, surrendered Detroit to the British in August 1812. The force under General James Winchester was annihilated at the River Raisin (Monroe, Michigan), in January 1813. British and Indian invasions of Ohio at Fort Meigs (Perrysburg) and at Fort Stephenson (Fremont) were repulsed in May and August. The turning point of the war in The Old Northwest came with Oliver Hazard Perry's victory over the British fleet in the Battle of Lake Erie, 10 September 1813. The naval victory made it possible for General William Henry Harrison to invade Canada and defeat the British and Indians at the River Thames in October 1813.
Put-in-Bay Harbor was used by Perry as a base of operations. From the Bass Islands, he could quickly sail to Sandusky Bay for conferences with Harrison or scout the British forces at Fort Malden (Amherstburg, Ontario), in the Detroit River. When the men and ships were not so engaged, there were training duties such as preparing the ships for actions and gunnery practice.
Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial's Visitor Center is open seasonally so check schedule. It is also free to enter. In the Visitor Center a visitor can watch the 15 minute film on the battle and learn about the War of 1812, Battle of Lake Erie, the peace that has endured since the War of 1812 amongst the US, United Kingdom, and Canada, and construction of the Memorial.
First the bad news. The Observation Deck, Rotunda, and Plazas will all be closed for the season. This is to allow workers to remove and replace the miles of mortar joints on in the memorial. The good news is the grounds and Visitor Center will remain open. We will be giving more and varied Ranger Programs than we have given in years past during the week. On weekends we will have a much enjoyed black powder musket demonstrations. One weekend a month we will pull the Park's Carronade out on the lawn for artillery demonstrations.
Summer months can be extremely hot and humid, with occasional and sudden severe thunderstorms. Fall and spring are pleasant with cool temperatures and brisk winds. During the Winter the Memorial and Visitor Center are closed. The grounds remain open year round. Be alert of snow and ice. Sensible seasonal dress is recommended for your visit and depending on your planned activities, should include accessories such as sunscreen, and extra water. All emergencies in the park should be addressed to 911. Poisonous plants and encounters with wildlife do occasional occur in the park. Animals to be cautious of are Red Wing Black Birds during nesting season, and the Lake Erie Water Snake, which is not poisonous but if provoked they can be aggressive.