COLUMBUS—State Representative Steve Arndt (R-Port Clinton) presented a House commendation to the Ottawa County Historical Society for 30 years of service as the operator of the Keeper’s House.

Built in 1822, the Keeper’s House was the home of the first keeper of the Marblehead Lighthouse, Benajah Wolcott. After his death ten years later, the U.S. Treasury Department appointed his wife, Rachel, as the keeper, making her the first female lighthouse keeper on the Great Lakes.

“I am pleased to commend the Ottawa County Historical Society on their thirty year stewardship of the Keeper’s House in Marblehead, Ohio,” said Arndt. “The Keeper’s House has been a symbol of the rich historical spirit of Ottawa County for hundreds of years.”

The oldest known building in Ottawa County, the Ottawa County Historical Society has maintained it for the last 30 years, recently funding significant structural repairs.

In further remarks, Arndt commented, “The Ottawa County Historical Society is a credit to the preservation of local history, and I look forward to seeing the impact of their work on future generations to come.”

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