Venice Days: West End has its own story to tell

SANDUSKY Venice is on the map with a marker in tow. But this isn't Venice, Ita
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010



Venice is on the map with a marker in tow.

But this isn’t Venice, Italy.

The Village of Venice was annexed into Sandusky in 1963. A marker was dedicated in the village’s memory Saturday morning, at Venice Road and Fremont Avenue, as part of the first annual Venice Days Charity Event.

People from near and far gathered for the dedication service which included a word of welcome from Mike Markley, chairperson of the Venice Days planning committee.

In April 2007 the idea to dedicate Venice came up through church members, he said. Markley said he contacted the Erie County Historical Society to gather background information on the village and to inquire about having a marker installed.

“At that time the challenge became paring down that information for the text we have on the marker,” he said.

Janet Senne, president of the society, aided in the process.

“Our marker program has been an important gift to our community,” she said.

Out of the more than 40 markers installed in Erie County since the program’s 1961 inception, the new Venice marker sits closer to another marker than any others in the program.

A few feet away from the Venice marker is a “Fort Sandusky” marker, the first installed, Senne said.

“What goes around comes around,” she said with a laugh.

City commissioner and west side resident Dan Kaman also shared a proclamation.

“It is truly country living in the city,” he said about the area, adding that he has been a McCartney Road resident for 19 years.

The dedication ended in prayer by Pastor Philip Gardner of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Venice became a village in 1816 and by 1818 it was the largest of its kind west of Cleveland, according to the marker. The village industry was based around a flour mill, which closed in 1945, and also the winery industry.

Activities planned for the rest of the afternoon included a classic car show at Dorn Park, children’s games, a quilt show and a bake sale. The Sandusky Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol also hosted a 75th anniversary celebration.

Venice Days lasts through a 10:30 a.m. community worship service today at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.

All proceeds raised this weekend will be donated to The Lutheran Memorial Home’s Alzheimer’s Association and The Commons of Providence Memory Care Unit.