St. Paul's Parish has an amazing history

The congregation was formed in 1864. the church was built in 1865 making St. Paul's Episcopal Church is one of the oldest churches in Ohio. Still in its original wooden form, it is located just south of the downtown area of the village of Put-in-Bay, South Bass Island, Ohio.

History Tours are available Tuesday Mornings at 9am in the summer months or by appointment.
Contact St. Paul's at 419-285-5981 . If you have information related to our history, we would love to hear from you!


The records of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Put-in-Bay, Ohio, were transferred for microfilming to the Center for Archival Collections, Bowling Green State University in October 1984, with the cooperation of Reverend Neilson Rudd who was St Paul's rector at the time. The Bowling Green copies consists of copies of parish record books dating from 1865-1962, which include histories, financial abstracts, lists of communicants, baptisms, marriages, deaths and confirmations, as well as a church constitution and two letters regarding this church's membership in the Ohio Diocese. To view information about these records, click here:

Records are also located in:
Grace Luebke Local History Room Material Holdings
Harris-Elmore Public Library
328 Toledo Street (P.O. Box 45)
Elmore, OH 43416
These Records include:

  • Constitution April 10, 1908
  • Correspondence October 22, 1912, July 30, 1952
  • Record Book 1865-1962
    • The Journal of Jay Cooke by James E Pollard (1935) contains copies of some key documents and reflections on the sermons of various ministers at St Paul's

      Island Splendor by Robert Dodge talks about the development of the Church in Chapter 2. Articles about Jay Cooke also mention St. Paul’s.

      The University of Virginia has some letters written by Laura Cooke Barney in the 1860s. There are a few brief references to St. Paul's in her letters.

      The archives of the Diocese of Ohio has some records which may be seen by appointment. The Diocesan newspaper valled Church Life has short articles about the parish beginning with the editions published in 1912.

      The archives of the Reformed Episcopal Church may contain information about the years from 1869 to 1912.