Historic Island Hosts Fundraiser
The year was 1910, Colonel Wells and his wife Jane bought Orchard Island with a plan to plant peach trees. Flash ahead to the year 2014 as the Queen of the Lake ll transportated over one hundred people to the Orchard Island Tour.
Dressed in the jazz period style of the early 1900's, guests wandered through Orchard Island, enjoyed cocktails, dined on beef tenderloin and listened to wonderful Island and Big Band music. Hosts Grant and Susan Douglass opened their three island homes to guests. Orchard Island is one of 21 islands located on the waters of Buckeye Lake.
The island, developed in the late 1800's, began as the Colonel’s Peach Orchard. After a harsh winter wiped out the crop, cottage development began soon after. On a historic note, the Buckeye Lake Yacht Club held their first meeting on Orchard Island.
Dinner was catered by John Doneff from Island House in Millersport. DJ Jeff Cox, known as “Foxie Coxie” delighted the crowd with his music choices. The fundraiser, to support the Buckeye Lake Historical Society and Museum, was a complete success.
Our thanks to everyone who participated in this delightful event.
In honor of being such wonderful hosts of the Orchard Island Tour,
J-me Braig, Museum Director, awarded Grant & Susan Douglass Lifetime Memberships, in the Greater Buckeye Lake Historical Society.
The sweet, demure, couple have resided on the island for 18 years and restored two of the three cottages to their original state.
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