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. Memorial Foundation/Civil War Museum
    Sheffield Lake

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

  • Amherst Historical Society & Sandstone Village

    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.

  • Benjamin Bacon House Museum

    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.

  • Columbia Historical Society
    Columbia Station

    Their mission is to present and preserve the history of Columbia Township in Lorain County Ohio from its founding in 1807 to current times.

  • First Church in Oberlin

    Meeting site for the Oberlin Anti-Slavery Society

  • Frank Lloyd Wright | Weltzheimer/Johnson House

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

  • Heritage Avon Lake - Folger Home
    Avon Lake

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

  • Kanisa House and the Dred Scott Garden

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

  • Lorain County Historical Society and Museum

    The LCHS serves all people and organizations by collecting, preserving, interpreting and presenting the history of Lorain County.

  • Lorain County Sacred Landmarks Initiative

    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

    The mission of the Lorain Historical Society is to preserve and interpret the history of the City of Lorain and to share that history.

  • Lorain Underground Railroad Station 100 Monument

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

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Park

    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

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

  • Oberlin Underground Railroad Marker and Garden

    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

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

  • Spirit of '76 Museum

    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

    Distinctive and well-known railroad sculpture and healing garden.

  • Vermilion News Print Shop Museum

    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.

  • Wellington-Oberlin Rescue Monument

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

  • Westwood Cemetery

    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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