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At the November 18, 2019 Council Committee Meeting, Mayor Forthofer recommended that Council not purse a resident's recommendation to create a quiet zone that would permanently close Sunnyside Road. The Mayor cited compromised safety responses, a 5.4 mile detour, a low underpass on the detour route and the lack of north south access.

The 2019 Coat Drive has been extended by Insurance Partners Seibert Keck. Drop off new and gently used coats, hats and gloves up until December 6th at Insurance Partners, 5237 Liberty Avenue in Vermilion, Ohio. A coat alone can’t solve poverty, but it can change a child’s life for the better. For some kids, a brand-new winter coat is more than a coat.

Get out of the house this season with having to drive too far! Enjoy a specially selected movie every first Monday at 1 pm at Ritter Public Library free of charge. Check the calendar at for upcoming titles. Ritter Public Library is located at 5680 Liberty Avenue in downtown Vermilion, Ohio. Call (440) 967-3798 for more information.

Start your holidays off with the sounds of the season at Ritter Public Library Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 7 pm during the town-wide "Light Up Vermilion" event. Friends of Ritter present the Vermilion Music Association's concert band with a traditional program of favorite melodies. The concert is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.

Nominations are being accepted for the Vermilion High School Hall of Fame now through Tuesday, December 3. Send your nomination to Lisa Deliz, Principal, Vermilion High School, 1250 Sanford Street, Vermilion, OH, 44089. The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to honor those alumni who have gone on to significant success in life.

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.


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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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