History

Lorain County has a rich history indelibly tied to the water. Steel mills and shipyards set up shop close to the easy transportation and runaway slaves passed through Lorain County to access Lake Erie as a means to freedom. Although sailboats and pleasure crafts have replaced shipbuilding enterprises and luxury homes fill the shipyards, local museums are filled with reminders of the past.

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  • 103rd O.V.I. Civil War Museum
    Sheffield Lake

    Civil War relics and artifacts the 103rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry.

  • Amherst Historical Society & Sandstone Village
    Amherst

    The Amherst Historical Society's mission is to promote and educate the general public of the history of the Amherst area.

  • Avon Historical Society

    The Avon Historical Society was formed in 1964 and now meets in the beautifully restored Old Town Hall of 1871.

  • Avon Lake Historical Society
    Avon Lake

    The Avon Lake Historical Society strives to connect interested parties to shine a light on our past, and preserve it for our future.

  • Avon Lake Landmark Preservation Society-Folger Home
    Avon Lake

    Preserving the historic Thomas Folger Home, built in 1902, in Avon Lake, Ohio.

  • Benjamin Bacon House Museum
    Vermilion

    Walk through the original settler Benjamin Bacon's house, built in 1845

  • The Burrell Homestead
    Sheffield Village

    1820 stately brick house that served as a branch school for the Oberlin Collegiate Institute and later was a station on the Underground Railroad.

  • Commemorative Air Force-Cleveland Wing
    Elyria

    Join the Cleveland Wing of the Commemorative Air Force in our endeavor to maintain our classic World War II SNJ-4 trainer located at Lorain County Regional Airport.

  • First Church in Oberlin
    Oberlin

    Meeting site for the Oberlin Anti-Slavery Society

  • Frank Lloyd Wright | Weltzheimer/Johnson House
    Oberlin

    Oberlin College's Weltzheimer/Johnson House is a late example of Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian houses.

  • Kanisa House and the Dred Scott Garden
    Elyria

    African American Cultural Programs were designed by the founders in 1970 to uplift and inspire African Americans and the community.

  • Lake Shore Railway Association
    Wellington

    The Association is a non-profit organization founded for the purpose of helping the community to appreciate and preserve its railroad history. They currently run trips on 6 miles of track in their 1950's era diesel locomotive a few times yearly.

  • Lorain County Historical Society and Museum
    Elyria

    The LCHS mission is to serve people by collecting, preserving, interpreting and presenting the history of Lorain County.

  • Lorain County Sacred Landmarks Initiative
    Elyria

    The Lorain County Sacred Landmarks is an educational program that aims to research and document the history, art, and architecture of Lorain County.

  • Lorain Historical Society
    Lorain

    The Lorain Historical Society (formerly the Black River Historical Society)/Moore House Museum was formed in 1981 to preserve the history of the City of Lorain.

  • Lorain Underground Railroad Station 100 Monument

    This historic landmark can be found at the Black River Landing in Lorain.

  • Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
    Beachwood

    It opened in '05 with a simple mission: to build bridges of tolerance and understanding by sharing Jewish heritage through the American lens.

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Park
    Oberlin

    Three monuments specific to African American history stand in the park.

  • North Ridgeville Historical Society
    North Ridgeville

    North Ridgeville Historical Society celebrates the city's heritage and invites everyone to visit the Historical Museum on the first floor of the Old Town Hall.

  • Oberlin Heritage Center
    Oberlin

    Visit the Oberlin Heritage Center to explore the history of this small town with nationally significant stories.

  • Oberlin Underground Railroad Marker and Garden
    Oberlin

    Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison visited Oberlin and dedicated a bench in the park as part of her "Bench by the Road" project.

  • Peter Miller House Museum
    Avon Lake

    Tours of the house, featuring early Greek Revival architecture, are available throughout the summer and by appointment April-November.

  • Pittsfield Township Historical Society
    Pittsfield

    Established for the purpose of collecting and preserving historical information and artifacts pertaining to the history of Pittsfield Township.

  • Spirit of '76 Museum
    Wellington

    Museum contains the history of painter Archibald Willard, artist of the famous "Spirit of '76." The museum also contains Revolutionary and Civil War artifacts.

  • Talcott Hall Sculpture and Healing Garden
    Oberlin

    Distinctive and well-known railroad sculpture and healing garden.

  • Vermilion News Print Shop Museum
    Vermilion

    The Vermilion News Print Shop Museum is situated in a quiet neighborhood of century homes, churches and an old township hall in the heart of the Vermilion's Harbour Town 1837 Historic District.

  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial of Lorain County
    Amherst

    A non-profit organization whose sole mission is to build a Memorial and museum to honor the 98 men from Lorain County who gave their lives in Vietnam.

  • Wellington-Oberlin Rescue Monument
    Oberlin

    Monument to the Wellington-Oberlin rescuers that participated in the 1858 rescue of fugitive slave John Price.

  • Westwood Cemetery
    Oberlin

    Here lie former slaves, famous abolitionists, and many who have become known as Oberlin's faces of change. Click here for a map to guide you through Oberlin's faces of change who now rest here.

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