Perry's Victory to reopen after $2.4M renovation

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PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio (WTVG) -- At 352 feet, Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial is hard to miss.

"Well, the memorial is a huge masonry structure made of granite on the exterior, concrete in the middle and then a brick liner," says Barbara Fearon, Superintendent of Perry's Victory,

For the past year and a half, this must-see attraction on South Bass Island was off limits to visitors.

It's been undergoing some much needed maintenance and repair work, mostly to those exterior layers.

There were also repairs to the five bronze doors, which were hit by vandals last year.

Roughly $2.4M later, this massive attraction run by the National Park Service is ready to reopen.

When visitors come up to the top of Perry's Victory this Saturday morning it will be the first time they can enjoy the view since October of 2016.

Because it's 103 years old, the first 103 visitors will get in free, courtesy of Huntington Bank. Lake Erie Shores and Islands will hand out Perry's Victory Quarters to the first 103 kids 15 and under.

It's all to honor those who fought and died in the battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812.

"I am very humbled, very privileged to be the superintendent of this site," continues Fearon, "and all of our employees here feel that way. We are all very excited to open to welcome the public on Saturday, very proud to be stewards of the special place."

Whether its your first time in a while or your first time ever, Perry's Victory stands ready for you to create new memories.

The ribbon cutting will be at 10:00AM Saturday, May 19, 2018. It's $7.00 for adults to ride the elevator to the top. Kids 15 and younger ride for free.