Vermilion Ohio News #History


Just east of downtown Vermilion on Rt. 6 on the north side of the road are an easily overlooked apartment complex, a gas station and a bank. On this acreage, as early as 1870 stood a picnic grove called Shadduck Lake Park. This pleasant grove became popular because the tree shaded area was accessible to horse-drawn buggies.

Vermilion was once known as the "Village of Lake Captains," and no other place has so many captains' homes in its historic district. Vermilion was initially settled in the early 19th century and formed as a village in 1837. In 1840, the US Corps of Engineers finished building the tow piers at the mouth of the Vermilion.

Lester Allan Pelton (September 5, 1829 – March 14, 1908), considered to be the father of modern day hydroelectric power, is one the most famous inventors of American history. Pelton invented the impulse water turbine. Lester Pelton was born in Vermillion, Ohio in 1829. His father was a farmer. He lived on Risden Road and attended the Cuddeback School.

Vermilion Ohio's annual Christmas Tree Ship event, when holiday trees are brought to shore by boat, is a recreation of a Great Lakes Christmas tradition that became legend when the Rouse Simmons, "The Christmas Tree Ship", sank in a November 1912 storm with a cargo full of Christmas trees. The legendary schooner, and its skipper "Captain Santa", continue to bring the spirit of Christmas ashore.

On December 7, 1941, Japanese planes attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor External, Hawaii Territory, killing more than 2,300 Americans. The U.S.S. Arizona was completely destroyed and the U.S.S. Oklahoma capsized. A total of twelve ships sank or were beached in the attack and nine additional vessels were damaged. More than 160 aircraft were destroyed.

Christmas at the Brownhelm Heritage Museum takes place on December 4, 2019 at Brownhelm Heritage Museum, 1355 Claus Road in Vermilion, Ohio. It will be a festive evening to socialize with friends at the little white country church, sing carols, and bid friends a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Join Brownhelm Historical Association.

Today’s Thanksgiving holiday has roots in a number of celebrations that occurred centuries ago in different regions of North America. Native communities had regularly given thanks for nature’s gifts for centuries before the arrival of Europeans on the continent. In May 1541, Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado led 1,500 men in a thanksgiving celebration.

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh.

In 1919 a group of investors from the Cleveland area purchased a wooded property with 600 feet of Lake Erie frontage in tiny “Vermilion-on-the-Lake”, Ohio. They cleared the land, and using the very logs they felled, built an approximately 10,000 square foot private community center.

Historical markers commemorate Crystal Beach Park at the north end of Nantucket Drive in Vermilion, Ohio. The markers are a collaborative effort of Crystal Shores Apartments and members of the family who used to operated the park. Craig Luther, 31, an Army veteran and reservist, is a maintenance technician for Crystal Shores Apartments.

The Vermilion On The Lake Clubhouse is celebrating 100 years. The Clubhouse has been in VOL since 1919. An Open House will be held on Sunday, December 15, 2019 from 2 pm to 4 pm. The Vermilion Community Band will play at 3 pm. Join the celebration for complimentary cake and coffee. Lemonade will be available for children.

Harbourtown Fine Arts Center seeks to preserve the past and build a future centered around the fine arts in Vermilion, Ohio. Located in the Vermilion Old Town Hall and Opera House, the Center hopes to restore the iconic building that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1883 and completed in 1884, Old Town Hall was the center of the village of Vermilion.