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.
Civil War relics and artifacts representing the 103rd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
The Amherst Historical Society's mission is to promote and educate the general public of the history of the Amherst area.
Walk through the original settler Benjamin Bacon's house, built in 1845
1820 stately brick house that served as a branch school for the Oberlin Collegiate Institute and later was a station on the Underground Railroad.
Oberlin College's Weltzheimer/Johnson House is a late example of Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian houses.
Heritage Avon Lake strives to connect interested parties to shine a light on our past, and preserve it for our future.
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.
The LCHS serves all people and organizations by collecting, preserving, interpreting and presenting the history of Lorain County.
The mission of the Lorain Historical Society is to preserve and interpret the history of the City of Lorain and to share that history.
This historic landmark can be found at the Black River Landing in Lorain.
Three monuments specific to African American history stand in the park.
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.
Visit the Oberlin Heritage Center to explore the history of this small town with nationally significant stories.
Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison visited Oberlin and dedicated a bench in the park as part of her "Bench by the Road" project.
Tours of the house, featuring early Greek Revival architecture, are available throughout the summer and by appointment April-November.
Museum contains the history of painter Archibald Willard, artist of the famous "Spirit of '76." The museum also contains Revolutionary and Civil War artifacts.
Monument to the Wellington-Oberlin rescuers that participated in the 1858 rescue of fugitive slave John Price.
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.