First things first, Put-in-Bay is a village located on South Bass Island who’s population is just under 150 people. That is one of the first Things You May Not Know About Put-in-Bay. The majority of those 150 people are full-time residents who remain on the island year-round. Yes, that includes the winter!
There is one school on the Island: Put-in-Bay School. The Put-in-Bay Local School District teaches classes from Preschool to the 12th Grade from South Bass Island, Middle Bass Island, and North Bass Island. 1975 holds the record for the largest graduating class of 14 students. Compared to 2019’s graduating class of four students. The school has many extracurricular activities including: cross-country, volleyball, basketball, and track. Go Panthers!
Fun fact: In 1895, George Linsky was the first graduate of Put-in-Bay School.
There is one gas station on the island. Put-in-Bay Gas Station, also known as Dynagard, is the only place on the island to fuel up vehicles. Bet that’s one of the Things You May Not Know About Put-in-Bay! In addition, the Put-in-Bay Gas Station works in conjunction with the Pit Stop food station. They have a wide variety of food options including soup, breakfast sandwiches, entrée meals, and snacks.
Island Hardware is the only hardware store on the Lake Erie Island. They offer a wide variety of hardware, automotive, and marine supplies. They also have a garden center. Island Hardware also carries the products residents may need in the winter like snow shovels and snow brushes.
Island General Store is the one grocery store on the island where you can purchase grocery items like frozen foods, fresh meats, produce, and ice. Island General Store carries those staple things you may have forgotten when coming to the island.
There are three places of worship on the Island: Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and St. John at the Bay Lutheran Church. Most people think there are just two “churches”, but there are actually three. Yet another of the Things You May Not Know About Put-in-Bay!
Put-in-Bay has a United States Postal Service post office, a First National Bank and a few ATM machines, along with two cemeteries.
Fun fact: The USPS does not deliver mail to island residents; everybody has their own PO Box at the Post Office.
Next time you visit the island as a tourist or vacationer, remember, Put-in-Bay is home to people like you and me.