Lakeside Ohio Community Information

Lakeside, Ohio Community

Lakeside, Ohio is located on Ohio’s Marblehead Peninsula, in the heart of the Lake Erie vacation area. The 132-year-old Methodist community was created by a group of preachers in 1873. Their purpose was to build a camp for meetings and revivals, renew Sunday school teachers from around the area and provide social opportunities for the rural families from the area.

In the early years of Lakeside, visitors camped at sites overlooking Lake Erie and cooking was done outdoors. Then in 1874, the first dormitory-style building was constructed with men living on the first floor and women on the second. But as the crowds grew larger, it was clear more buildings would be needed, so the first unit of Hotel Lakeside was built in 1875.

Lakeside is among the first Chautauqua communities founded in the United States, in 1873. It has been a center for religion, education, cultural arts, recreation and relaxation for more than 135 years. Today, it thrives as one of the few remaining Chautauqua communities, offering summer-long spiritual, educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities for all who come here.

You'll experience this legacy each time you visit Lakeside, in the many programs and activities that take place on campus during the 11-week Chautauqua summer season. You'll also see Lakeside's legacy come alive as you walk the grounds. Many of the vintage cottages and community buildings are over a century old, and painstakingly maintained by multiple generations.

Lakeside is a unique and exciting place to vacation and visit. A wide variety of arts programs are offered nightly at 8:15 p.m. in it's historic 80 year old theatre, Hoover Auditorium. The likes of Eleanor Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart have graced the stage. The 2009 schedule includes Melissa Manchester, the Celtic group Leahy, the comedy of Fred Travalena, Debbie Boone, an evening with John McCutcheon & Tom Chapin, as well as a combined evening celebrating the Christian music of Phil Keaggy & Fernando Ortega. And don't forget our very own Lakeside Symphony Orchestra and yes, even Elvis!

The C. Kirk Jr. Rhein Center for the Living Arts is the place for fine arts, crafts, friendship, learning, teaching and sharing. Our schedule includes great classes from watercolor and oil painting to crocheting, knitting and spinning. Birdfeeder making, pottery and stained glass classes are also offered.

Whether you're in Lakeside for a day or the summer, it has an extraordinary seminar and lecture series with something for everyone!  And if you're a neighbor who lives around the corner, please come in and join us!  

Lakeside is a gated community committed to excellence in programming and facilities. In order to maintain our grounds and buildings, and to provide quality entertainment, speakers and recreational escapes, a gate admission fee must be paid to enter the grounds. This admission fee entitles you to free participation in many events and programs which include: Hoover Programs (with a Daily, Extended-Stay or Season Pass), outdoor recreation, lecture series, God Squad, Ring and Sing, Fun With Music, youth fellowship, cultural events, swimming lessons, tennis courts, tennis lessons, shuffleboard and shuffleboard lessons, morning recreation, supervised playground, lifeguards, swimming, fishing, teen events, programs for kids, volleyball, horseshoes, Sunday Worship, Vespers Services, 24-hour security, seminars, and Chaplains Hour .

For more information go to 236 Walnut Ave Lakeside, OH 43440 419-798-4461