48th Founder’s Day

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48th Founder’s Day

DeRivera Park, Put-in-Bay, Ohio


Celebrate the founding of Put-in-Bay by Hispanic merchant Jose DeRivera. Join us in DeRivera Park from 11am to 4pm for many vendors, hot dogs, strawberry shore-cake, root beer floats and lots of fun!

In 1854 a Spanish merchant name Joseph de Rivera bought South Bass, Middle Bass, Sugar, Gibraltar, Ballast and Starve Island for a price of $44,000. He began to develop to islands building a saw mill and a starve mill in the fall of 1854. He had the county engineer survey the area in 10-acre lots. In the first ten years, de Rivera sold 42 parcels of land in South and Middle Bass. He sold a quarter acre of land to the South Bass Board of Education for a dollar. The park downtown is named de Rivera Park in his honor. https://bportlibrary.org/hc/architecture/jose-derivera/

If you would like to participate as a vendor please email coordinator@visitputinbay.com for an event registration form.

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DeRivera Park

DeRivera Park, Bayview Avenue, Put-in-Bay, OH, USA