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Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry led his sailors to a famous victory over the British fleet in the Battle of Lake Erie on September 10th, 1813. The word “Victory” has been prominent in the history of Put-in-Bay ever since.
The island’s most famous landmark is Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial. The huge Hotel Victory was built in the 1890s on South Bass Island. A huge bronze statue called the Winged Victory was on the hotel’s property. To raise money, the developers plotted out cottage lots in Victory Woods surrounding the hotel. A prominent point on the western shore of the woods is called Victory Point.
Years later, near the charred ruins of the hotel, the Victory Park Resort was built. Bill Timmerman and Bob Stone ran the Victory Cabs, a taxi business, from the resort. Skip Duggan later ran the Victory Trolley around the Village. Also in the Village is Victory Ave., the little street the Crew’s Nest pool is located on. Most recently, the Put-in-Bay Winery at the Doller Estate has a wine called Victory Lap White, plus the small hotel next to the Reel Bar is called the Victory Station.
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