Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Linwood Park Entrance – Then & Now

Here's a familiar site to anyone who has traveled US Route 6 through Vermilion: the entrance gate to Linwood Park. The Curtis Teich postcard was distributed by Geo. H. Tremper of Sandusky, Ohio and dates from the mid-1940s.

According to its brochure, Linwood Park has been a vacation destination for families since 1884. It was founded by a group of Germans who were "inspired by the Methodist Sunday School Assembly at Chautauqua, New York." The group held church conferences, Sunday School assemblies and other religious services at the park.

Today, the private park is open to the public and entrance fees apply during the season. Visitors can spend the day at the beach, have a picnic in the Grove, or enjoy a game of tennis or shuffleboard.

Linwood Park is also home to some year-round residents.  Some of the privately owned cottages are available for rental.

To learn more about the history of Linwood Park, visit this website that was created by Ray Boas, the author of a book about the park entitled Through These Gates: Linwood Park. The website and book have an impressive collection of vintage postcards. A nice history can be found here on the website.

Here's my largely unchanged "now" view, photographed this past weekend on my way out to Sandusky on Sunday afternoon.

Here's the link to the Linwood Park website.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Nice blog! I didnt know linwood was open to public. Will be going, see what my old brain remembers. Thanks Dan