Vermilion Ohio News #History


Louis Wells, a Cleveland contractor, began the Vermilion Lagoons project as a means of keeping his men busy during the Great Depression of the 1930s. By 1931 the first house and the beach house had been built and the lagoons were dredged and most of the wooden piling secured. The first house was located just to the south and west of the beach house on the Erie Lagoon and belonged to a Mr. Comstock.

After a brief Brownhelm Historical Association (BHA) business meeting, Author R. C. Durkee will present: Good Guys or Bad Guys: The Rum Runners of Lake Erie on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Historic Brownhelm School & Museum. Come early for refreshments and meeting. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Prohibition in the United States.

Since 1971, federal employees and school children have enjoyed a three-day holiday weekend each February. The long weekend is often filled with Presidents’ Day sales—no long weekend for many hardworking retail employees—family time, and relaxing. Yet despite the holiday often being referred to as “Presidents’ Day” in practice, the official federal holiday continues to be known as “Washington’s Birthday.”

A concert with Chu Dat Frawg, hosted by Brownhelm Historical Association, takes place on Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 5:30 pm to 8 pm at the Historic Brownhelm School at 1940 North Ridge Road in Vermilion, Ohio. Local acoustic band, Chu Dat Frawg, will play from 6 pm to 8 pm; doors open at 5:30 pm. There are 100 tickets available for $5 per person on a first come, first served basis at the door.

Love, Cupid, hearts, chocolates, cards and flowers are everywhere - it's Valentine's Day! On February 14, Americans celebrate love and friendship. But where did this holiday of affection come from? The origins of Valentine's Day are murky. We do know that the ancient Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia, a spring festival, on the 15th of February.

Come Whet Your Palette and paint the "Vermilion Lighthouse" to support the Harbourtown Fine Arts Center in downtown Vermilion. A Vermilion Lighthouse Canvas Painting Fundraiser for Harbourtown Fine Arts Center will take place on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at 736 Main Street in downtown Vermilion, Ohio.

Brownhelm Historical Association (BHA) will host a monthly meeting and historical program on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Historic Brownhelm School & Museum, 1940 North Ridge Road in Vermilion, Ohio. Following a brief business meeting, BHA member Eric Rivet will present: OHIO: Mother of Presidents.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America. We commemorate as well the timeless values he taught us through his example — the values of courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service.

The Vermilion Archival Society has recently acquired a lot of photos and needs help identifying the people pictured in them for historical records. If you love to reminisce and look at old photos with local origins, you can help. Join the group on Monday, January 13, 2020 at 7 pm in the Community Room of the Ritter Public Library.

One of the first explorers of the Vermilion area was Simon Kenton (April 3, 1755 - April 29, 1836,) a famous United States frontiersman and friend of the renowned Daniel Boone, the infamous Simon Girty, and the valiant Spencer Records.Simon Kenton was born in the Bull Run Mountains.

Around the globe people have celebrated the beginning of the new year for millennia. 4,000 years ago Babylonians celebrated the the new year during the first new moon in late March after the vernal equinox — the day with an equal amount of darkness and sunlight. c. 2000 B.C. the new year was celebrated around the time of the vernal equinox.

As 2019 comes to an end and you are thinking about your charitable giving, Harbourtown Fine Arts Center (HFAC) urges you to support one of the most iconic historic buildings in downtown Vermilion, Ohio. Vermilion's original Town Hall and Opera House is an historical treasure. Vermilion Town Hall was built in 1883 and features the original meeting and social hall, three smaller rooms which were used as concessions and administrative offices.