The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


  • octagon mill Eight sides to this story

     They had twice as many sides as the typical bungalow and four times the charm. Efficient in use of space and materials, they were “green” buildings more than a century before energy conservation was an issue in American home construction.

    October 2, 2011 2 Photos

  • coveredbridge.jpg The above-ground railroads

    Look at a map of Ohio and find Lake Erie and the Ohio River. Now, draw the shortest possible line between the two.

    September 25, 2011 1 Photo

  • garlick.jpg Garlick flourished in county

    Of all the footprints left by the men and women who passed through Ashtabula County on the Underground Railroad, the impressions made by Abel Bogguess, better known as Charley Garlick, have been the longest lasting.

    September 18, 2011 1 Photo

  • XXX and the Gray ‘white rabbit’


    “Now a man of the house of Levi married a Levite woman and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. But when she could hid him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile.”
    Exodus 2:1-3, NIV

    September 10, 2011

  • lewisand clark.jpg Long, dangerous road to freedom

    The road that lead from the place of trial was between the two counties. Great numbers were by this time gathered together. They so managed to throw obstructions in the way of the carriage, that it could make only a zigzag course until both writs were served.                                         Milton was released into Ashtabula County and permitted to go free, the kidnappers in great wrath were taken in an opposite direction, and after a while, they were permitted to return empty-handed to Kentucky.
    Lewis Clarke,
    “Narrative of the Sufferings of Lewis Clarke”

    September 4, 2011 1 Photo

  • cef bicent 3.jpg Working on the Railroad

    More than 160 years after these observations about the Underground Railroad were published, the infrastructure and the spirit that ensured its vitality in Ashtabula County remain subjects of local pride and speculation.

    August 29, 2011 1 Photo

  • oldbrick.jpg Tavern on the turnpike

    Five months after Ashtabula County was organized, the county’s Common Pleas Court and commissioners took up a matter of extreme importance — the legal establishment of taverns.


    August 21, 2011 1 Photo

  • woodlighthouse.jpg Dark night on Lake Erie


    In terms of lives and ships lost,  the year 1847 stands out as one of the worst in the early decades of Great Lakes shipping.

    August 14, 2011 1 Photo

  • johnlamont.jpg Harpersfield’s soldier wizard


    He had “a cold gray eye, solemn visage and sinister aspect.” His Dutch neighbors said he could bewitch things and people at will, and his very presence struck terror in hearts of children. And he had a thirst for the blood of Native Americans, whom he blamed for the death of his only son.

    August 6, 2011 1 Photo

  • conneauttownship.jpg Naming the townships

    On July 4, 1838, the townships in the Ashtabula County took the form we know today, with one exception.

    July 31, 2011 1 Photo

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