In theory, Facebook connects you to a universe of 1.8 billion people. But in practice, as several studies have shown, you only interact with around 150 of them — the people you already know.
A social network should allow you to meet people with the same passions as you. Facebook, however, makes it relatively hard to discover new people, focusing instead on matching up people who already know each other, or showing you information about new people in the larger context of Facebook, and not within a specific subject matter. Have you ever been scolded by Facebook for trying to friend someone you don't already know?
Facebook connects people who know each other, and makes money holding back information about people’s interests to sell to advertisers. This means that Facebook isn’t exactly motivated to introduce you to new people around the things you may have in common.
Vermilion Ohio Community is determined to recapture what social networks were intended to be — a way for us to forge meaningful connections with new people around the interests that are most important to us. You will have a much higher degree of control over what happens. The emphasis is connecting you to others who are like you, near you, and have similar interests.
The Vermilion Ohio Community is an online social hub for Vermilion Ohio residents and visitors to connect, share and communicate without the noise and clutter of the giant social media networks...and built just for Vermilion, Ohio.
Follow posts, join conversations, share photos, find events, join a group, create a poll, ask a question. You're in control of what you see and what you share. It's an online community for Vermilionites by Vermilionites.
You can join as an individual, a business or organization, or both!
Did you know you could escape to an island, just off the shores near Vermilion? The islands are a Midwest vacation hot spot. Just a short drive to a ferry ride from the mainland, or visit by boat, and you'll forget you are in Ohio! Whatever your pleasure, coastal relaxation or on-the-go excitement, the islands have got it covered! And it's all just minutes away from historic Vermilion, Ohio.
Kelleys Island, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is an outdoor-lovers paradise, while Put-in-Bay, on South Bass Island, appeals with abundant shopping and entertainment. You can also visit Middle Bass Island, which is dominated by vineyards, old homes, summer cottages, and a campground. Canada's Pelee Island is also accessible by ferry from Sandusky, but does require planning for an overnight stay - the ferry visits Sandusky only once a day in peak season.
The Lake Erie Islands can only be reached by boat or plane. Cars are permitted on all the islands; however, you’ll have greater freedom to discover each island’s natural beauty by bicycle or golf cart. Rental shops are located within walking distance of the islands’ ferry docks.
Kelleys Island is a nature-lovers’ paradise, whose modest commercial development lends to its appeal. Rent bicycles or golf carts to explore the scenic countryside, visit the largest prehistoric glacial grooves in existence, catch a bite to eat at an island eatery, or simply lounge at the Kelleys Island State Park beach. The island’s appeal ranges from natural spaces to rousing nightlife. Birds, wildlife, and hiking trails are abundant,. Enjoy miniature golf, volleyball, horseshoes, one-of-a-kind island shops and confectioneries, and making memories that will last a lifetime.
Put-in-Bay is a colorful, Victorian village on South Bass Island . Nightlife and live entertainment rule the summer weekends on this festive island, with national and regional musical acts and comedians. The island boasts a waterfront park, unique shops, eateries, and historical attractions. Explore caves, take a spin on a carousel, and sample the local vintage. Don’t miss Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, a 353-foot Greek Doric column that is the second tallest free-standing monument in the U.S. It commemorates Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s defeat of the British in the 1813 Battle of Lake Erie and stands as a memorial celebrating lasting peace between the U.S. and Canada . Take the elevator to the observation platform for a spectacular view.
Explore this island dominated by vineyards, old homes, summer cottages, and a campground. There are few man-made diversions here; instead, many attractions are nature-made: a rocky shoreline, expansive views, and interior wetlands. The Kuehnle Wildlife Area protects a variety of plants and animals. Its 20-acre pond is a favorite spot with bird watchers and fishermen. Still in development, the new Middle Bass Island State Park currently provides limited marina facilities and hiking trails.
Just minutes from Vermilion, discover the Lake Erie Islands.
Surrounded by tall trees and a split-rail fence, you can't miss the picturesque Bacon House Museum and Carriage Barn at Vermilion River Reservation's Mill Hollow. Walk through the original settler Benjamin Bacon's house, built in 1845. The museum features themes of daily living and puts an emphasis on the community life in Brownhelm, including the profound effect the railroad had on the economy and on people's lives. The museum is located at 51211 N. Ridge Road in Vermilion and is typically open on Sundays during during the Spring and Summers and during special events during the Fall and Winter. Call (440) 967-7310 for more information.
In 1817, Benjamin Bacon settled with his family along the top of the cliffs overlooking an oxbow in the Vermilion River that would eventually be called Mill Hollow. Soon afterwards, and at an early age, Benjamin was elected to the prestigious position of Justice of the Peace, and in 1824 was selected as one of the first commissioners for Lorain County. In 1835 he purchased an interest in a saw and grist mill that had been relocated to the oxbow in the river. A mill race was cut across the oxbow to increase the water power that turned the mill’s large water wheel. The mills were very successful and by 1845 had provided Benjamin the means to build a nice house across the road. When he died in 1868 at the age of 78, the house and mills were sold to John Heymann, a German immigrant new to the area.
Frederick Bacon was born in 1840, the youngest son of Benjamin and Anna, Benjamin’s third wife. In 1860, he enlisted in the Union army and fought in the Civil War for four years, after which he returned home to his wife Abigail (formerly Abigail Wells) and started a family in Brownhelm. In 1879, John Heymann sold the mills to Frederick Bacon. They’d been modernized with steam power after a fire destroyed them in October of 1876 which started after the close of business. Frederick now not only owned the mills, but also owned land in Geauga county and coal fields in Iowa. This diversity was very fortunate because with the advent of the railroad, fewer farmers needed to mill their grain locally and many local residents weren’t even farmers, but rather worked at the sandstone quarries instead. By 1901, the mills were no longer profitable and had to be sold and dismantled.
Frederick and Abigail had nine children, seven of whom never married. After Frederick’s death in 1901, his children continued to farm the river valley. By the late 1920s, only Sarah and Charles remained, and the house was rented to several people for decades until Charles’ death in 1957. Dorothy Bacon DeMuth, a distant cousin, inherited the property and donated it to the newly formed Lorain County Metro Parks. The Vermilion River Reservation became the first park in the Lorain County Metro Parks. The Bacon House was opened as a house museum in 1962 with the help of the Lorain County Historical Society. Today, the house is open Sundays and Holidays, Memorial Day to Labor Day, and scheduled private tours throughout the year.
Spanning two adjacent areas separated by the Vermilion River—Mill Hollow on one side and Bacon Woods on the other—Vermilion River Reservation is a favorite of picnickers, naturalists and anyone who just wants to enjoy its natural beauty. Just next to the Bacon House Museum, the Carriage Barn offers visitors information about the park and hosts nature programs. Vermilion River Reservation is located at 51211 North Ridge Road, just 4 miles south of downtown Vermilion, by the intersection of North Ridge and Vermilion Roads.
In the nearby farm fields and vineyards, depending on the season, Eastern bluebirds, red winged blackbirds, sparrows, cardinals, woodpeckers of all kinds and other common North American species abound. This fertile crescent also provides the natural microclimate for vineyard excellence. A wide range of soil types deposited by years of glacial movement and temperatures moderated by the most shallow of all the Great Lakes allows vintners to grow the traditional native varieties, French American hybrids, and the finest of European varietals.
Ohio has a history steeped in wine industry. The first cultivated grapevines in the U.S. were grown in Ohio, making Ohio the oldest wine-producing state in the country. Wines from this region have won medals around the country and produce a range of wines to suit any palate.
Northern Ohio ’s chillier climate is ideal for producing grapes for white Germanic wines like Riesling and fruity wines. Ohio is quickly becoming one of the top wine-producing states in the country, boasting nearly 3,000 acres of grapes, a yearly production of over 800,000 gallons, and more than 80 wineries - growing from 37 just nine years ago - that bring in an estimated $70 million a year.
Grapevine buds appear about mid-April. Blossoms and fruit development occurs in June. Fruit color and sugars develop in August. Harvest begins in mid-September and lasts though late October. Discover the beauty of Vermilion's Wing Watch & Wine Trail.
Capt. William Austin couldn't have known in 1812 that his ship would become a cherished symbol of a town that had not yet even been incorporated. The “Friendship” schooner flies on Vermilion’s official flag and welcomes visitors on our city signage.
Ohio Governor/Lt. Governor
• Richard Cordray/Betty Sutton (D): 1,863,270 (46%)
• Mike DeWine/Jon Husted (R): 2,091,322 (51%)
• Constance Gadell-Newton/Brett R. Joseph (G): 45,057 (1%)
• Travis M. Irvine/J. Todd Grayson (L): 72,889 (2%)
• Sherrod Brown (D): 2,163,725 (53%)
• Jim Renacci (R): 1,940,783 (47%)
Ohio Attorney General
• Steve Dettelbach (D): 1,908,048 (47%)
• Dave Yost (R): 2,147,433 (53%)
Ohio State Auditor
• Robert C. Coogan (L): 161,192 (4%)
• Keith Faber (R): 2,035,392 (51%)
• Zack Space (D): 1,839,926 (46%)
Ohio State Secretary
• Kathleen Clyde (D): 1,878,516 (46%)
• Frank LaRose (R): 2,089,170 (52%)
• Dustin R. Nanna (L): 94,901 (2%)
Ohio State Treasurer
• Rob Richardson (D): 1,852,467 (46%)
• Robert Sprague (R): 2,175,741 (54%)
Congressional Representative, 9th District
• Marcy Kaptur (D): 125,704 (67%)
• Steven W. Kraus (R): 60,685 (33%)
Congressional Representative, 5th District
• Bob Latta (R): 157,455 (65%)
• J. Michael Galbraith (D): 83,417 (34%)
• Don Kissick (L): 6,358 (3%)
Congressional Representative, 4th District
• Jim Jordan (R): 164,530 (65%)
• Janet Garrett (D): 86,969 (35%)
Congressional Representative, 7th District
• Bob Gibbs (R): 149,619 (59%)
• Ken Harbaugh (D): 104,636 (41%)
State Representative, 57th District
• James Johnson (D): 16,205 (37%)
• Dick Stein (R): 27,692 (63%)
State Representative, 89th District
• Steven Arndt (R): 30,648 (65%)
• Joe Helle (D): 16,402 (35%)
State Representative, 88th District
• Bill Reineke (R): 25,680 (66%)
• Rachel Crooks (D): 13,232 (34%)
State Supreme Court Justice
• Craig Baldwin: 1,320,144 (39%)
• Michael P. Donnelly: 2,046,142 (61%)
State Supreme Court Justice
• Mary DeGenaro: 1,591,067 (48%)
• Melody J. Stewart: 1,742,367 (52%)
Court of Appeals 6th District
• Joel M. Kuhlman: 104,590 (46%)
• Gene A. Zmuda: 123,842 (54%)
State Board of Education, 2nd District
• Jeanine P. Donaldson: 41,083 (18%)
• Charles Froehlich: 27,255 (12%)
• Kirsten Hill: 40,986 (18%)
• W. Roger Knight: 24,999 (11%)
• Sue Larimer: 37,287 (16%)
• Vicki Donovan Lyle: 27,503 (12%)
• Annette Dudek Shine: 29,584 (13%)