The cluster of white cottages perch over Lake Erie, connected by neat sidewalks and more than a century of history.

Civil War veterans, all members of the 103rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry, bought the 5 acres in Sheffield Lake in 1908, so they could reunite. The men from Cuyahoga, Lorain and Medina counties had marched and fought together for three years, and they wanted a space to gather their families.

Descendants still own the houses, and hundreds travel each August for eight days of catching up, playing games, sharing meals and honoring service. The public is welcome to visit the museum (the former reunion barracks) by appointment or attend two pancake breakfast fundraisers this fall.

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