Kelleys Island Travel Guide

  • Inscription Rock
    Inscription Rock
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  • Karen at the Glacial Grooves
    Karen at the Glacial Grooves
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  • Karen in front of Kelleys Mansion
    Karen in front of Kelleys Mansion
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Kelleys Island Things to Do

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    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This huge flat limestone slab is located on the south shore of Kelleys Island at the edge of Lake Erie. Inscription Rock contains 122 pictographs of animals and human figures, believed to be the handiwork of prehistoric Indians. Archeologists consider it one of the finest examples of hieroglyphics in the Great Lakes area.

    Discovered partially buried by early settlers in 1832, today the fully exposed 21-feet by 32-feet slab is protected with a roof built by the Ohio Historical Society. The rock is an easy walk from the docks, just east of the shopping area of Kelleys Island.

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    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Mar 14, 2004

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    This historical landmark was built in 1861-1865, by Addison Kelley, an early settler. It is a three story structure, with widow's walk, constructed of native limestone quarried on the island. The mansion features an exquisite circular staircase which is self-supporting, high ceilings, hand-carved woodwork, a Venitian hand-cut skylite with rose colored windows, and three Italian marble fireplaces.

    On a late summer Sunday afternoon when we were walking past Kelleys Mansion a hand-painted sign in front announced: "Tours Today," A man with tousled hair and wearing a long sleeved white shirt was standing on the the front lawn. He turned out to be house's current owner, Mr. Lemley - an unusual but congenial character. We joined in with three other impromptu guests, and for $2.00 each Mr. Lemley took us on a personally guided tour. It was the best two dollars we spent that day.

    Karen in front of Kelleys Mansion
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Kelleys Island Warnings and Dangers

  • by vagabond2009 Written Aug 31, 2009

    The island and the islanders are great people, but beware of the police. They are unprofessional, inexperienced and poorly trained part-timers who love to misuse and abuse power. They left my dog, my purse and my computer in my vehicle over night without allowing me access or even removing them under their jurisdiction.. So were the windows left down leaving my belongings unsecured, or were the windows up and the doors locked with my dog in the vehicle in summer heat?They are ubiquitious since the island is small and they have nothing to do but look for "trouble." These officers (a term used lightly) wouldn't last a night on a real beat.

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Kelleys Island Off The Beaten Path

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    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Mar 14, 2004

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    Located on the north side of Kelleys Island, these are the largest and most spectacular example of glacial grooves in the entire world. A walkway, with stairs and a bridge, takes visitors around and over this fenced off international study site. Scientists believe the 400x35 feet grooves were scoured into the native limestone bedrock by the advance glaciers during the ice age, 18,000 to 30,000 years ago.

    This is a small island. To find the grooves simply follow the only road which circles the island, around to the north side, and you will see a sign pointing to the grooves and a small parking area.

    Karen at the Glacial Grooves
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