Vermilion Ohio News #History


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 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.

Kwanzaa, a Swahili word that means “first fruits,” is a seven-day festival that honors African heritage in African-American culture. Kwanzaa takes place each year in the United States from December 26 to January 1 and celebrates family and community through music, dance, poetry, storytelling and art. Maulana Karenga, an African-American civil rights activist, first established Kwanzaa in 1966.

On December 25, people around the world celebrate Christmas. Some people celebrate by giving gifts. Children may be thanking Santa Claus for new toys. They may also be going to church with their families. Christmas has so many traditions and symbols associated with it that it's hard to determine exactly how it came to be the celebration it is today. Christmas has been celebrated around the globe.

Brownhelm Community Christmas takes place December 24th, annually. Santas visit all homes in Old Brownhelm delivering gifts, candy and fruit. In 1931 a young child, 8 years old, was told there wouldn’t be any Christmas presents for her. The Great Depression had taken its tole on Northern Ohio and her father was out of work. The little girl confided the heartbreaking news to her pastor of the Brownhelm Congregational Church.

Once a year, Jewish children all over the world play a game of chance called “dreidel” that uses four-sided spinning tops inscribed with Hebrew letters. The game is played during Hanukkah and commemorates a miraculous event that took place over 2,000 years ago in Jerusalem. The game, like Hanukkah itself, recalls the victory of a small band of determined Jewish fighters, led by Judah Maccabee, over an army of invaders.

During the Revolutionary War in the late 1700s many Connecticut residents were burned out of their homes by the raiding British. To compensate these citizens for their losses, the Connecticut Assembly awarded the "Sufferers" 500,000 acres in the western most portion of the Western Reserve, which came to be known as the Firelands. Settlement was slow due to the remoteness of the tract and the difficulties in reaching it.

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.