Rising 352 feet into the air, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial is a powerful symbol of everlasting peace. The world’s most massive Doric column, a column with a simple circular capital on top, completed construction in 1915. It recently underwent a series of repairs and reopened in 2006.
Visiting the Monument
Perry’s Victory is located in downtown Put-in-Bay very near the Jet Express terminal. It sits on an isthmus on the island. An isthmus is a narrow piece of land that connects two larger sections.
Visitors pay an admission fee to access the observation deck near the top of the column. A park ranger escorts them via elevator to the top. A 37 step walk also leads to the visitor center.
Park Rangers are on hand to answer any questions visitors may have and inform them of the history of this column. Visitors can gaze along the largest undefended border in the world, a five mile stretch between Canada and the United States.
This monument is the only international peace symbol in the National Park Service. It stands 47 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty. Its observation deck 12 feet higher than the Lady Liberty’s torch.
Buried at the base of the column are three American and three British soldiers. The names of all the soldiers slain in the Battle of Lake Erie are also carved inside the walls of the rotunda. The construction was a multi-state effort to “inculcate the lessons of international peace by arbitration and disarmament.”
“Don’t Give Up The Ship”
Severely outnumbered during the Battle of Lake Erie, Naval Commander Oliver Hazard Perry and his troops held fast against the British troops. His famous line “don’t give up the ship” is now memorialized on souvenirs and flags throughout the island.
Part of the fabric of the island, the monument is a very special part of Put-in-Bay.