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Join Harbourtown Fine Arts Center in holiday merriment as they celebrate the past, present, and future of Vermilion’s Old Town Hall and Opera House on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 6:30 pm. The evening will include hot hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, live performances, music, and dancing. This is a formal event, so break out your best winter wear.

As a partner of Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio, Vermilion School District, in partnership with the Vermilion Salvation Army, receives items that have been purchased and donated, and may occasionally receive food items that are past the product’s recommended date for best quality.

ermilion High School Drama Club presents "Closed for the Holidays", a spirited and heartwarming comedy with a healthy dash of Christmas magic. Perfect for the entire family. "Closed for the Holidays" takes place on Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7 at 7 pm in the VHS Auditorium.

The City of Vermilion Police Department is reminding Vermilion residents that the overnight parking ban begins December 1st and goes until March 31st. Warnings will be issued for the first week. 452.14 ALL NIGHT PARKING DURING WINTER MONTHS. (a) During the period from December 1 of each year to March 31 of each succeeding year, no person shall park a motor vehicle on public streets.

Brownhelm's Old Fashioned Holiday at The Benjamin Bacon House, hosted by Brownhelm Historical Association (BHA), takes place Saturday, December 7, 2019 and Sunday, December 8, 2019 from 2 pm to 6 pm at the Benjamin Bacon Museum at Mill Hollow Park in Vermilion, Ohio. Travel back in time to 1862 for a holiday gathering at the Benjamin Bacon House.

The sounds of music ring out at Ritter Public Library! A series of free music programs open to the public will feature area singers, songwriters and more. The series is produced by the Friends of Ritter, the library’s active volunteer group whose mission is to promote use and enjoyment of the library. This year, audiences enjoyed programs featuring a harpist.

Friends of Harbour Town is getting ready to deck the City of Vermilion with Christmas Boughs and Bows. Volunteers are needed to help put them together at the Old Town Hall. Bring your friends and family and help continue this annual Harbour Town tradition. Volunteers are needed for Christmas Bough and Bow Making on Saturday.


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Discover Vermilion Ohio

Vermilion, Ohio is the crowning jewel of the south shore of Lake Erie. From quaint shops to fine dining, the arts, entertainment and unmatched festivities, Vermilion truly has it all. Be reminded of a simpler time when an afternoon at the beach, a hand-dipped ice cream cone and a stroll along Main Street made your day special. Stay for a day, maybe two, and take home a memory that will last forever.

Downtown Vermilion

Downtown Vermilion, Ohio, "Harbour Town", is home to dozens of retail shops, restaurants, professional businesses, marinas, accommodations and tourist activities. Main Street Beach is a public swimming beach in downtown Vermilion, Ohio on the north end of Main Street. The Vermilion Lighthouse is located next to Main Street Beach in downtown Vermilion, Ohio.

Vermilion Parks & Beaches

Vermilion Ohio is home to several beautiful parks and beaches. Enjoy a picnic, a scenic hike, a bike ride, beautiful views, fabulous sunsets, playgrounds, sports activities, a dip in the water, botanical gardens and more at Vermilion's parks and beaches.

Main Street Beach

Main Street Beach is a public swimming beach in downtown Vermilion, Ohio on the north end of Main Street. Main Street Beach features an observation deck, a kayak/canoe launch, benches, an ADA mobility mat, and a concession stand.

Vermilion Ohio Lighthouse

The Vermilion Lighthouse is a replica of the original lighthouse that was later moved to Lake Ontario. Known as the "Town of Sea Captains," Vermilion was without a lighthouse for 63 yrs. The lighthouse is located next to Main Street Beach in downtown Vermilion, Ohio.

Vermilion Ohio Recreation

Swimmers of all ages enjoy our sandy beaches located in Historic Downtown Vermilion and either side of the city. Recreational boating of every kind, jet skis, canoeing, and sail boats adorn the Vermilion harbor, where ship building was once the major industry.

Attractions & Events

Free concerts, outdoor movies, museums, galleries and more are offered throughout the year in Vermilion, Ohio and surrounding areas. Discover all the arts and entertainment that Vermilion has to offer. Discover Vermilion Ohio's Arts & Entertainment.

Vermilion River & Lake Erie

The Vermilion River, which flows into Lake Erie, endows marina facilities with more than 1,000 boat slips and ramps for easy access to the Lake, earning Vermilion the title of the “Largest Small Boat Harbour on the Great Lakes.” Lake freighters are a regular sight on Lake Erie making their way through the Great Lakes.

Boat Ramps & Guest Docks

Vermilion Ohio invites you to visit our public guest docks and boat ramps. You are in the center of Vermilion's historical district and within easy walking distance of many quaint specialty shops, groceries, ice, restaurants, fast food, historical homes, overnight accommodations, professional services and the beach.

Ultimate Railfan Destination

Trains began running through Vermilion, Ohio starting in 1853. For over 140 years the rumbling, roaring, shaking, screaming tornados have rushed through the quiet village. Ships have come and gone in this little city by the sea, but they were never the acoustic monsters like the trains which roll along like wild demons in a race. Freight of all kinds flies through the city, and as far as we can foresee, it will continue for 140 more years. Such is life in a railroad town.

Vermilion Ohio History

History tells us that the Erie Indians lived along the south shore of Lake Erie until their murderous extinction by the warlike Iroquois from upper New York State in 1655. Then around 1700 the Ottawas, Hurons (Wyandottes) and Chippewas gradually returned to the area for furs to sell to the French traders until they too were pushed out of their hunting and trapping grounds by the pioneering white man. Few Indians remained by 1800. One historian said, "Lake Shore Ohio was an Indian borderland. Indian habitation was a nervous, restless one punctuated by wars, international rivalries and disasters."


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