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Kelleys Island History Books


​​The history of Kelleys Island has been chronicled in wonderful detail in more than a few books. As a result, there is no way that we could give you any type of meaningful account of how this Island community came into existence or grew into the destination that it is today. Some of these books ​​feature personal reminiscences, others contain detailed first-hand accounts from the Islanders, and others provide brief historical stories intermingled with art, recipes or family recollections. Each has a unique take on the Island's history. ​Here are some of the books that we offer for sale in our GIFT SHOP.....

The Kelleys Island series
Chose your book

​​The Beginnings and Tales of the Lake Erie Islands by Jessie A. Martin - This is a somewhat rare, and definitely hard to find, book by Jessie A. Martin, Island author. It contains a collection of short stories about the Island. 128 pages, published in 1988, $20.95.


​​Images of America - Kelleys Island by John Sabol - John Sabol's book contains pictures showing scenes from ​the Island over the years.

$21.99

Big Chuck and Lil John on Kelleys Island - This is our, oh so very popular, DVD of the TV special that Big Chuck and Lil John did about Kelleys Island. A little new, a little old, and a comprehensive tour of the island.​ $10.00


The Honorable Peter White - A biographical Sketch of the Lake Superior Iron Country by Ralph D. Williams, with numerous illustrations. Pub 1905, reprinted 1986. 205 pages, hardbound, $10.00


Peregrine, Daring, Exciting, Canoeing Adventures by Stanley Potokar. A canoe they found led to an adventure ​that would take ​them across Lake Erie in the 1930's. They traveled to Kelleys Island, the Detroit River, Canada, Walland Canal, Lake Ontario, St. Lawrence Seaway, Hudson River, Montreal, New York and Vermont, among other places. Stanley spoke at the April 1999 meeting of the Kelleys Island Historical Assoc. 116 pages, published in 1990, $7.50

Kelleys Island Homes & Sites - A sampling of island homes and sites, compiled by the Kelleys Island Historical Association - This special edition contains descriptions of 50 houses and historic locations on the Island. Each page contains a photo and a nicely concise description of the location. Ever wonder when that house was built, or who lived in that other house, what about those ruins on Division Street? Your answers can be found in this book. We are offering a special price of just $5.00.


The History of Kelleys Island by Norman Hills
The first and original book about the Island's History. A History of Kelleys Island, Ohio, by Norman Hills, was originally published  in 1925 and reprinted in 1982. The book is divided into chapters such as the Early Settlers, The Island's Military Record, The Wine Industry, Winter Crossings, The Lodge and the Island House. This hardbound edition contains 155 pages.​​​​​​​​​  $10.00


The Extraordinary History of Kelleys Island (in 6 volumes) by Leslie Korenko
Kelleys Island 1810-1861, 1862-1865, 1866-1871, 1872-1876, and 1877-1884 and 1885-1893. These five books provide a detailed look at the discovery and development of the island, as told by the Islanders themselves, in their own words. Each book contains articles, stories, letters and court cases, that provide an intimate, and often very funny look at life on the island. Be transported back in time. The set contains over 2500 pages, hundreds of pictures and an extensive index and bibliography. $24.99 each or $120 for all six.