Picnic Groves

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On-Erie Beach

On-Erie Beach played a significant role in the African American community in Northeast Ohio from the 1920s to the 1940s. Located in western Lorain, the beach may have been the only African American owned and operated beach in the area. On-Erie Beach lay along State Route 2, near present-day West 21st and Martin Drive. The […]

Victoria Park

Victoria Park was a picnic grove located along old Route 422 (East Washington Street) about two miles east of the village of Chagrin Falls. Various Black organizations enjoyed picnics, clambakes, and hayrides there in the late 1930s. The park’s origins are obscure, but its selection by the Tuxedo Club for the organization’s annual picnic in […]