Geneva-on-the-Lake is a wonderful little resort town on the shores of Lake Erie in north-central Ohio. Local legend tells of early 20th century camping trips to the area by John D. Rockefeller, Harvey Firestone and Henry Ford, but tourism had come to the area almost a century earlier. As industry started to spread along Lake Erie after Ohio became a state in 1803, a small fishing resort called Sturgeon Point House opened, catering to the local workers and to travelers passing through. Soon after the Civil War ended, a descendant of the founder of Sturgeon Point House opened a small picnic area overlooking the lake with a horse-drawn carousel as its main attraction. Soon, people were camping there too, and primitive cottages began to spring up. Originally catering mostly to the upper class, Geneva-on-the-Lake would transform into an affordable getaway for everyone in the first half of the 20th century with the spread of the automobile. Although the area declined in the seventies and eighties, it bounced back in the nineties and seemed to be doing really well when I visited recently. I loved the historic trail through town which told scandalous stories from yesteryear. From 1000 seat burlesque performances to cigarettes as game prizes and from topless selfies in photo booths to shooting galleries with live ammunition and alcohol it sounds like it was quite a place back in the day. It's much more family-friendly these days, or perhaps it's just our definition of family-friendly that's changed. No matter, it is a great little town with some fun history and a great view of the lake. Places like Eddie's Grill and Madsen Donuts seem to be old favorites (and rightly so), and the whole atmosphere of the town is one of summer fun and relaxation. I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed my day at lovely Geneva-on-the-Lake. 

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