Russells Point, Ohio: Our Lady of Fatima at Yacht Club

43-Foot-Tall. Unveiled in August 1964 by George B. Quatman, who died a month later. The marina where it stands was originally a Roman Catholic theme park.

Indian Lake Yacht Club

Address:
261 Chase Ave., Russells Point, OH
Directions:
From US-33 turn north at the Family Dollar sign (no stoplight) onto Clermont Ave. At the first stop sign jog slightly to the right, and continue on Clermont until it bends left. You'll see a line of tall bushes straight ahead. There's a building and road just to the right of it; follow that road to the statue.
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Our Lady of Fatima.

43-Foot-Tall Our Lady of Fatima in a Yacht Club

Once the centerpiece of a 1960s-era Catholic theme park (complete with music, fountain, and slowly rotating Our Lady), this impressive monument -- said to be one of the tallest statues of Mary in the U.S. -- now presides over the yacht club that took its place, albeit without the music, rotation, and waterworks. The theme park and statue were the creations of George B. Quatman, who wanted an atmosphere of good Catholic fun on the lake (no alcohol or rock 'n' roll). Follow the curve around the boat sheds and you will see her very impressive enclosure, as well as a tidy little garden ringed with the Stations of the Cross.

[Kitsa, 06/26/2021]

According to Mary's accompanying plaque, the amusement park operated from 1964 until 1984. "Mr. Quatman died one month after its opening."


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