Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial
Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial Put-in-Bay
High above Put-In-Bay 352 feet in the air, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial is a testament to everlasting peace and friendship between nations. This massive Doric column was built in 1915 and recently the monument underwent intense repairs in 2009, reopening in 2012. The monument was cleaned and received additional repairs in 2017.
Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial Details
The Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial monument sits on an isthmus near downtown Put-In-Bay. An isthmus is a narrow piece of land that connects two larger pieces of land. The isthmus is also what gives the island it’s unique appearance. Often times in the spring high water levels at Put-in-Bay flood the isthmus and actually separate the island for a period of time.
The monument is open daily throughout the summer season. Adults are $7.00 and children are free. The last elevator ride to the observation deck is 30 minutes prior to closing. Only a short walk from the downtown area and the Jet Express dock. Visitors pay the admission fee at the Visitor’s Center to gain access to the observation deck. The Visitor’s Center itself is free of charge. A park ranger will escort you to the deck via elevator.
Any questions you have can be answered by the park rangers available on the deck, about the monument or the island’s history. On a clear day, Canada can be seen in the distance, as well as Detroit. This 5 mile stretch between the US and Canada is the longest undefended border in the entire world.
The Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial Monument is the only international peace symbol within the National Park system. The column is 47 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty and the observation deck is 12 feet higher than the torch on the Statue of Liberty.
Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial History
The grounds in front of the column are one of the most popular space for events in the summer time. The park system is also a sponsor to a lot of these events.
Children and adults can partake in Art on Erie, which is a week-long arts and crafts festival held on the back porch of the monument. The Put-In-Bay Maritime Celebration in conjunction with the U.S. Brig Niagara is a celebration of the tradition and history of South Bass Island. Enjoy the festive atmosphere all week long, you can even take a tour of the ship. Make sure to arrive early to snag the best seats for the Fourth of July Fireworks at Perry’s Monument. There is music to accompany the display and makes for a memorable holiday on the island.
The monument is a symbol of the everlasting peace between the US and Canada as well as a community hub for the island. We’re grateful to have it and glad we can share with you!
Around the Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial
With the Monument being the most visible point on the island with its height, it is often used as a meeting or gathering point for family reunions or social events. The lush green lawn makes it a perfect backdrop for a Picnic lunch or dinner from one of several Put-in-Bay Restaurants that offer carryout including the Blue Marlin Bar & Grill, The Put-in-Bay Pizza Company and Mama Maria’s.