Perry's Victory And International Peace Memorial was established to honor Oliver Hazard Perry's victory over a British fleet in the War of 1812; and, in equal part, to celebrate the long-lasting peace between Britain, Canada and the United States. By defeating the British—the first time an entire British fleet was captured—the American's took control of Lake Erie and with it, most of the old Northwest. The victory helped persuade the British to cease hostilities and enabled the United States to claim the Northwest at the peace talks in Ghent one year later.
If You Go
Check out the observation platform. The open air observation deck is 317 feet above Lake Erie. On a good day the observation deck offers a panoramic view of the Lake Erie Islands and the shorelines of Ohio, Michigan, and Ontario. Be sure to check with the park about accessibility and hours before you go!
Did You Know?
Construction on the monument began in October 1912 and it opened to the public on June 13, 1915. It became a National Park Service Memorial in 1936.