Most Ohioans know and may have even visited Cedar Point, which claims it’s the second-oldest amusement park in the country after opening in 1870. But there’s actually a place just across the water that’s even older.
Johnson’s Island is only a short boat ride from Cedar Point, but it is difficult to get to by land, which made it a perfect place to be a prison for the Union in the Civil War. It held more than 10,000 Confederate prisoners during the war.
Recent efforts earned Johnson’s Island a National History Landmark designation, and portions of the original building have been excavated.
– Staff Reports, The 100 Companies