Lake County Museums

Welcome to Lake County! These museums showcase Lake County's amazing past from the summer Gentlemen Farms built by Cleveland's Millionaires to a lighthouse built by architect Jonathan Goldsmith, to the presidential home of James A. Garfield. We encourage you to visit them all!

Mentor Fire Museum - Old Station #1

The first fire truck arrived in the village of Mentor in 1921. Fire Station #1 was built on the corner of Jackson Street and Mentor Avenue in 1942. It housed two engines and some other apparatus. Originally manned by volunteers, the Mentor Village…

Lake County, Ohio County Home

The new Lake County History Center occupies a building constructed in 1876 by the Lake County Commissioners. The building replaced the former “Lake County Infirmary,” earlier known as the County Poor House, that had occupied the property since 1852…

Fairport Harbor Marine Museum and Lighthouse

The museum was founded in 1945 by the Fairport Harbor Historical Society, which is devoted to preserving and perpetuating the historic tradition of Fairport Harbor and the Great Lakes area. The original lighthouse was completed in 1825. The tower…

Finnish Heritage Museum

The museum is located on the corner of High and Third Streets in downtown Fairport Harbor, Ohio just two blocks from Lake Erie and one block from the Finnish Monument. The building served the village for years in various public service capacities and…

Historic Kirtland

Come visit Historic Kirtland, a small settlement in northern Ohio where members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gathered shortly after the Church was founded. Between 1831 and 1838, Joseph Smith and early members of the Church…

James A. Garfield National Historic Site

A front porch can serve many purposes. For some, a place to enjoy the breeze on a warm summer night. For others, a perch from which to keep eyes on what's happening in their neighborhood. In 1880, James Garfield used his front porch as a…

Kirtland Temple

From 1831 to 1838, Kirtland, Ohio, was a bustling community and headquarters of an energetic new religious movement under the leadership of Joseph Smith, Jr. With great determination and sacrifice, Joseph Smith and his followers constructed a…