Nestled along the shoreline of Sandusky Bay, Whites Landing is a mix of longtime residents, recent retirees, vacation-home owners and day-trippers. The vibe makes the area feel like an escape. Which might be why it’s called Whites Landing in the first place.
Mae Neill, 83, who said she is the oldest resident still living in Whites Landing, told me the community is named after a local politician, Louis White, who lived and owned property in the area in the beginning of the first half of the 20th century.
I did a little research and found a copy of the 1930 United States Census for Townsend Township, Sandusky County, Ohio. The document stated White, who was 48, did indeed have a home on “White Road” and used it as a “summer resort.” His wife Mabel, 41, was the only other member of the household mentioned and White listed his occupation as “owner/manager.”
It was difficult to determine when the area adopted the name “Whites Landing.”
The community straddles two counties, Sandusky and Erie, and two townships, Townsend and Margaretta. It sometimes is spelled with an apostrophe and sometimes without. The only businesses in town are the Cove Inn, Cyclone Services and Bay Harbor Marina.
But what makes the area truly unique are the homes made with tufa rock.
This geological formation is commonly found in the Whites Landing area and builders used the jagged, white rock to erect homes decades ago.
The residents of this quiet and cozy community appreciate the remoteness and wouldn’t trade their piece of the bay for anything.