Pleasure Grounds: 150 Years of Geneva-on-the-Lake


The story of Ohio’s oldest summer resort town, Geneva-on-the-Lake, is told through hundreds of historic and documentary photographs, first-person interviews and historical research in this 500-plus page volume.

“Pleasure Grounds” traces the development of GOTL from a simple picnic grounds first opened on Sturgeon Point in 1869 to a popular vacation spot for blue-collar workers from the Pittsburgh and Youngstown areas in the mid-twentieth century. The destruction of beach, 1965 riots and decline in the village damaged the town’s reputation as a resort, but a state park, lodge, wine industry and fresh investment have turned it around and are transforming into a new vacation hot spot for upscale visitors.

This massive volume has more than 500 images and 578 pages. It is fully indexed and includes maps. Size is 8.5 x 11 inches. Heavy-stock, silk laminate cover and high-quality paper for interior pages. Researched, written and designed in Ohio; printed in Ohio!

A must read for all GOTL lovers and visitors!

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Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 11 × 9 × 3 in


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