The annual Indian Lake third grade Logan County history field trip was May 4 and 7. One of the stops was the Indian Lake Historical Society’s Orchard Island Post Office on Post Office Island. There was a unique Model A truck and a Model T car, both of which may have been around at the time the post office was operating in 1912-1926.
Approximately 150 students received hands-on discovery of how the mail system worked over 100 years ago. They saw how the post office functioned as a local meeting place for the community and how mail was received and sent. One student’s great grandmother is 100 years old and likely used this exact post office while living around the lake.
The children heard about the lake history and function from State Park Manager George Sholtis. He discussed how the lake was made, the area wildlife, park camping areas, and how it is managed and maintained. He also explained erosion and how important it is for everyone to help keep our parks clean and safe for all to enjoy.
These were two great days for the Indian Lake Area Historical Society volunteers and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to share local history with children. A few storms blew in during the visits, but we managed to make the days very educational and beneficial. One young boy left saying, “I love history”, which is the goal of these hands on field trips.
The children were given a packet with history about the historic Orchard Island Post Office, old stamps from around the years the post office operated, and an ice cream treat donated by Russells Point Dairy Queen.
A special thank you to the Indian Lake schools for including us in their field trip and Todd McCormick, curator of the Logan County Historical Society for coordinating the visits.
Submitted by Charlie Strete, Indian Lake Area Historical Society.