Queen of the Lake III Restoration

$1,000 of $60k goal

Raised by 12 people in 2 months
J-me Braig-bogden  BUCKEYE LAKE, OH
In 1825 the Ohio Canal began construction and Buckeye Lake was dug to create a reservoir for the new Canal system.  The canal carried freight traffic from 1827 to 1861, when the arrival of railroads killed the market. By 1913, much of the canal system was abandoned after important parts were severely flooded. Even though the canals disappeared the lake continued to be a popular recreation destination through the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s when the Buckeye Lake Amusement Park was thriving as a tourist’s attraction. Even after the park closed in the early 70’s the lake continued to be a tourist attraction for visitors from all over the Midwest.

In 1998 the Buckeye Lake Museum was founded.  As with many non-profits, keeping the bills paid was always a constant battle.  In 2006 however, the museum received a generous donation of a 46-foot pontoon boat the “Queen of The Lake II" which became the main source of revenue for the museum.
The Queen II had ferried more than 50,000 people around the lake until 2014.

Unfortunately in 2015, due to a dam repair project which lowered the water level in the lake to only a few feet, the Queen II had to be dry docked.

In October of 2015, the museum received a generous donation of an 88 foot true sternwheeler.  With a substantial loan and lots of volunteer help the museum moved the sternwheeler from Zanesville to Buckeye Lake. Since it drafts only about 20” it will be the perfect boat for a shallow lake.

The museum is attempting to raise $60,000 to convert the sternwheeler to a dinner boat, recondition the interiors, refurbish the hull, and re-launch it as the “Queen of the Lake III” in Buckeye Lake.

As the director of the Buckeye Lake Museum I will be working directly on the conversion, and refurbishing of the Queen of the Lake III.  With your help and the help of our museum volunteers we hope to put a museum boat back on the lake to continue ferrying visitors around the lake.

J-me Braig
Director
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Update 3
Posted by Buckeye Lake Historical Society
4 days ago
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Volunteers are anxious to get started on restoration of the Queen III. What is stopping us? Money and building materials. Have a service you can offer? We need you.
Hope.. is what we have here at Buckeye Lake Museum
that this dream can come true. Join our restoration team.
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It has only been a little over a month we are so close to our first $1000.00 So wonderful to see this growing.
Looks like we are going to be able start some work on the restoration this spring.
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$1,000 of $60k goal

Raised by 12 people in 2 months
Created December 11, 2016
SL
$150
Stephanie and Bob Lowe
14 days ago
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JD
$50
Julie Deck
22 days ago
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What a great addition to the lake, thank you for making this happen!

TH
$100
Thomas Hall
23 days ago
GK
$100
Gregg & Jane Kearns
28 days ago
$100
Anonymous
1 month ago
JM
$50
Jodi Miller
1 month ago

I loving memory of my dear friend Jack Holmes. His obituary said: "In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Buckeye Lake Museum or Licking Twp. Fire Department."

MJ
$50
Michael Janks
1 month ago
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1
DS
$100
Dan Stricker
1 month ago
BM
$100
Betsy McPherson
1 month ago

J-me your a wonderful person that loves the beauty of Buckeye Lake Thank you for all you do for the community

$100
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