Perry's Victory Monument Column to Reopen on Saturday August 26, 2006
(Received August 22, 2006)
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Perry's Victory Monument Column to ReOPEN on Saturday!
Superintendent Andy Ferguson announced today that the 352’ column at
Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial will once again be open
to the public. On Saturday, August 26, at 10 am the Perry's Victory
Monument will reopen after being closed for 64 days. The public is
invited to come experience the breath-taking view from the 317’
observation deck. On a clear day mainland Canada and Cleveland are
often visible as are the surrounding islands and coastline of Lake
Erie’s western basin. Of course, from atop the Monument, the location
of Perry's historic War of 1812 naval victory over a superior British
fleet is also very easily seen.
On June 22, a 500-pound piece of the fascia stone fell, crashing onto
the upper plaza in the evening hours. Fortunately no one was killed or
injured. A snow fence was immediately erected and the area posted.
Since that time it has been necessary to keep the Monument column closed
for fear that other pieces of Milford pink granite might become
dislodged, with more adverse results. The National Park Service has
since conducted two engineering studies leading to the determination
that the 13 fascia stones above the north entrance are quite secure.
The cause of the stone failure is generally being attributed to water
infiltration together with freeze-thaw cycles and their affects on
previous repairs, especially on the southwest corner.
By cordoning off the upper plaza with a chain-link security fence and
creating a protected walkway directly into the column, visitors can
safely enjoy a trip to the top of the tallest monument with an open-air
observation deck in the United States. Superintendent Ferguson said,
"With the safety measures that we have taken, we are now completely
confident that people can make the tour to the observation deck without
A chain-link security fence will remain in place around the upper plaza
until a temporary stabilization treatment can be put into place around
the other three sides. Meanwhile sandbags will be placed on the upper
plaza to "catch" any other pieces that might fall. This measure is
largely to protect the upper plaza from additional damage. A
comprehensive study of the entire monument structure is now in the
planning and the results will be used to determine the costs and best
way to repoint and repair the Perry's Victory Memorial in anticipation
of ceremonies and celebrations associated with the War of 1812 and the
Battle of Lake Erie.
The visitor center and grounds Perry's Victory Memorial have remained
open all summer, with interpretive programs and black powder
demonstrations continuing as scheduled. Events such as the Firelands
Symphony, the Barbershop Quartet concert and the 4th of July
Naturalization Ceremony have been well attended, but visitation is down
44% for the month of July. In addition to visitor’s spoiled vacation
plans, with the only source of income closed, Perry's Victory has
experienced form $500 to $1,500 a day in lost revenues.
Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial is open 7 days a week
through the end of October. Summer times of operation are 10 am to 6 pm
Sunday thru Thursday, 10 am to 7 pm Fridays and Saturdays. After
Historic Weekend (September 9-10) check for changes in times. The
entrance fee is $3 for visitors 16 and over. Children are free.
Andrew J. Ferguson
Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial P.O. Box 549 Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Office: (419) 285-2184
Fax: (419) 285-2516
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