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Erie Pennsylvania ~ Perry's Monument In Misery Bay On Crystal Point ~ Presque Isle State Park

Directions: From the Interstate 79/90 interchange, travel north on 79 to the end in Erie. Exit on West 12th St. (Pennsylvania Route 5). Turn left (west) on West 12th St., and then right on Peninsula Drive (Pennsylvania Route 832). Follow Peninsula Drive into the Park. Pick up a free park map at the park office or the Stull Interpretive Center.

If you are thinking about visiting Presque Isle, you will not be disappointed.  Visiting the peninsula is well worth your vist.  You will find many walking/biking trails and beaches.  You will also see lots of wildlife if you look for it.

If you want to go on a sight seeing boat tour, you will be able to catch this right near Perry's Monument.

Years ago, I found these houseboats.  Houseboats On Horseshoe Pond , Very well worth seeing, especially if you are interested in houseboats.

This monument was dedicated to Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, who was a prominent naval squadron leader during the War of 1812.

If you are up for a picnic, there are numerous picnic tables along the way.  These ones are right near Perry's Monument.   There is also numerous public restrooms along the way.  Public Restrooms are VERY IMPORTANT!!

Misery Bay and the Perry Monument

Misery Bay was the temporary home of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry's fleet during the War of 1812.
Six of his nine vessels, including two brigs - the Niagara and the Lawrence - were constructed in Presque Isle Bay using trees from the local vicinity, most likely from the peninsula. The shores and waters of Presque Isle protected Perry's fleet during construction. Perry and his men engaged the British in battle on September 10, 1813 at Put-in-Bay near Sandusky, Ohio.
After the battle, Perry and his men returned to Erie because of threats of another British uprising. During the winter of 1813-1814, many of Perry's men suffered from smallpox and were quarantined in Misery Bay, which received its name because of the hardships of that winter. Many of Perry's men died from the disease and were buried in the adjacent pond, now known as Graveyard Pond.
The hulls of the Lawrence and the Niagara were sunk in Misery Bay to preserve and protect them from the weather. They were later raised, and the Niagara has been rebuilt and is docked at the foot of Holland Street.
The Perry Monument on Crystal Point was built in 1926 to commemorate this significant battle during the War of 1812.

You can check more of the History Of Presque Isle


  1. I visited Erie many years ago. That would be a great place to visit the next time I go there.

  2. I visited Erie many years ago. We have been thinking about going back, this would be a great place to visit.

  3. What a beautiful place to visit. It looks so calm and peaceful.

  4. That looks like a beautiful place to have a picnic.

  5. I think this is the place where all the geese were pooping

  6. Emily4:59 AM

    What a beautiful place to visit. I love anywhere near the water.

  7. You know. I need to get out more often. I go to Erie, but never get to the places you mention.


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