Sheffield Village is rich in human history that began several thousand years ago with Native American Indian occupation along the beach ridge of an ancient glacial lake (North Ridge) and at the confluence of streams tributary to the Black River. Archaeological evidence indicates that several Native American cultures established settlements in Sheffield over the ages, but by the mid-1600s few were left in northeastern Ohio.

Today, Sheffield Village is home to the French Creek Nature Center (Lorain County Metro Parks) and many miles of paved and earthen trails within Sheffield Village—the latest being the Steel Mill Trail which opened in May 2008, with high bridges over the Black River and French Creek. Sheffield is in a period of transition, as farmlands are being diminished and the Village becomes a modern residential and commercial center.

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