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.

  • 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.

  • 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
    Avon Lake

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

  • Lake Shore Railway Association

    Founded for the purpose of helping the community to appreciate and preserve its railroad history.

  • Little Red Schoolhouse

    The town's first public school, Little Red Schoolhouse was built in 1836 and also served as both a home and a tailor shop. The schoolhouse is now a museum that offers educational artifacts from the 19th century.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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