Historic Churches

Ohio’s smallest county is home to some of its most fascinating churches. Joseph Smith to John D. Rockefeller left their marks on Lake County’s churches.

This tour spans the entire county from the grandiose to the more simple. Explore the beginnings of the Mormon church, visit converted butcher shops now offering services, and find the county's Skinner organs playing their melodies high above the pews.

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…

First Church Congregational

First Church was founded on June 17, 1810 by Rev. Nathan B. Darrow, a missionary of the Connecticut Missionary Society. Thirteen people gathered in a small wood building which stood on the site of the present Lake County Courthouse. Those present…

First Presbyterian Church of Willoughby

The history of First Presbyterian Church of Willoughby began in 1833, when it was created through the Christian vision of nine members and the Reverends Chester Chapin and Truman Coe who organized the Presbyterian Society of Willoughby. In those…

Mentor Christian Church

Mentor Christian Church was organized in March, 1828 by Sidney Rigdon, a follower of Alexander Campbell. Campbell was a renowned leader of the movement which later became known as the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). There were fifty charter…

St. Hubert's Episcopal Church

The church has a rich and interesting history. On July 9, 1893, it was dedicated and named The Church of the Transfiguration and was located on Little Mountain. Twenty-three years later, it was moved to Salida Beach in Mentor-on-the-Lake and sat on…

Willoughby United Methodist Church

The Willoughby Methodist Episcopal Church was organized as a class in 1818 by the Rev. Ira Eddy, a young itinerant preacher of the Western Reserve. The class included a number of families who had come to this wilderness region from western New York…