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Handless Jacques a Roadside Attraction in Marblehead

Handless Jacques in Marblehead, Ohio is an iconic roadside attraction near Lake Erie.

Handless Jacques stands along State Route 163 in Marblehead between a BP Gas Station and empty lot. You can’t miss this 20 (or 30) foot tall giant. And for those, like me, interested in taking a photo of this massive structure, you’ll find plenty of parking available.

Though this is the only location I remember seeing “Jacques”, interestingly, this is not his original home.  Jacques once stood in front of a sandwich place about an hour and fifteen minutes south of Marblehead in my hometown of Mansfield, Ohio.

In the late sixties and early seventies, he welcomed guests to Jacques’ Roast Beef sandwich shop on Lexington Avenue (State Route 42). In his outstretched arms, he held a large roast beef sandwich.  Eventually, the restaurant closed and Jacques was no longer needed at that location. At some point he was relocated, without his sandwich, to his current location, welcoming those visiting the small town that sits along the shore of Lake Erie.

Handless Jacques roadside attraction.
While Jacques is quite a sight, he’s probably not the attraction you’re visiting the area to see. Don’t miss the Marblehead Lighthouse State Park, the Keeper’s House and Johnson Island, site of a former POW camp for Confederate officers during the Civil War.  For more suggestions, check out Spotlight on Ohio’s Shores & Islands: Things to do in Sandusky.

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Penny Lynch

Monday 4th of March 2019

You mention Johnson Island. I thought that closed to the public years ago? I was lucky to have seen it a very long time ago. Beautiful, private island with a handful of homes.

Tonya Prater

Thursday 14th of March 2019

Johnson's Island is open but there really isn't much there other than the Confederate Cemetery and memorial- which is definitely worth the stop. To get on the island you have to drive across the causeway which does have a gate but for now you simply need to pay the toll and the arm on the gate will raise. I can't remember how much the toll is but you will need correct change so make sure you have quarters available. I believe on my last visit it was about 50 cents to $1. Protection Status
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