Books About Avon Lake

The Avon Lake Story Continues by Sherry Spenzer.  Published in June 2018 in time for our bicentennial celebration and intended as a successor/followup to Milburn Walker’s Avon Lake Story.  $10.00 with all sales to benefit Kiwanis scholarships.  Buy it from the Kiwanis Club (they meet at the Library most Thursdays at 7pm) or at HAL events.




Socialites and Scofflaws:  Avon Lake’s Past was written by Sherry Newman Spenzer for Heritage Avon Lake and published in August 2016.  Sherry has generously donated all proceeds to Heritage Avon Lake.

It can be purchased from Amazon, but wouldn’t you rather buy it from us?  $15 plus tax ($16) at any Heritage Avon Lake event.  If Sherry is there, she’ll sign it for you, too!



Images of America
book-cover: Avon Lake was written by Gerry Vogel for HAL predecessor AL Historical Society and the Avon Lake Public Library and published in August 2011. Royalties are split between these organizations.

You can purchase the book from Heritage Avon Lake whenever we have special events. You may also purchase it from the publisher.



Images Of Rail: Lake Shore Electric Railway was published in 2009 as a collaboration between  local rail enthusiasts Thomas Patton, Dennis Lamont and Al Doane.  The Lake Shore Electric Railway connected Avon Lake to the world from the 1890s through the 1930s and changed our community’s form and function forever.  Purchase it at HAL special events or from the publisher.





The Avon Lake Story
Many grew up with an earlier book, Milburn Walker’s The Avon Lake Story, published by the Kiwanis Club in 1966. The Library has plenty of copies.


Avon Lake: A Journey In Time Volume 1 (1999) and Volume 2 (2007)
Abram, Nancy. Self-published, both available at the Library.


Cabin Boy
Dempsey, Vincent. New York: Coward McCann, 1956. Fiction set in turn-of-last-century Avon Lake. This book is in the public domain and can be accessed online here.


History of Avon Lake
Ennis, Edward. Avon Lake, OH: unpublished typescript, 1941. Available in Library‘s Avon Lake collection.


Avon Lake
Libey, Don. San Francisco: Campbell and Lewis, 2011. Fictionalized memoir.


History of Troy Township
Johnson, Eric. Avon Lake, OH: Johnson, 2007. Biography, including genealogy of Noah Davis.


Here I Thought I Was Normal: Micro Memoirs of Mischief
Satullo, Frank Rocco. Middletown, OH: Zone Free Publishing, 2013. Biography.