The Friends of Harbour Town, Inc. has relocated its offices to 995 State Street.
“This relocation is part of the move to sell Old Jib’s Corner which we are proud to report is in the hands of a new owner,” stated Kenneth M. Baughman, President of Friends of Harbour Town, Inc. “The new owner will be restoring the building, one of Vermilion’s original Lake Captain’s Homes, to a residence. With a decline in donations, it became necessary to consolidate our operations and reduce our overhead costs.”
“The Old Jib’s Corner has served us well over the years,” stated Baughman. “The Ship Shoppe and the various tea rooms which were operated in the rear of the building were always a destination location for tourists coming to Vermilion. Decades of tourism promotion by Diane Chesnut enhanced Vermilion’s image as a warm and welcome place to visit. We will miss our old house just as we miss Diane.”
According to Baughman, proceeds from the sale of the home will be spent towards improvements to Commodore’s Place, at the corner of Mill Street and Route 60.
“Last year we were able to employ some creative funding methods to replace the entire sidewalk in front of the old State Street School,” said Baughman. “Phase Two of this project will see a sidewalk replacement along the Mill Street side of our property.”
As time and funding permit, the organization will also be working to rehabilitate the old school building itself.
“Some of the proceeds from the Old Jib’s sale will also be used to insure placement of the Christmas greens and U.S. flags along Liberty Avenue and portions of Main Street,” stated Baughman. “As always, it is only through continued donations that these projects continue year after year. With donations to these projects we will be able to retain more funds for building renovations and for the major restoration project we intend to see completed.”
Donations to The Friends of Harbour Town can be mailed to 1307 State Street, Vermilion, Ohio 44089 or dropped off at Novotny Farm Market.