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.
The City of Vermilion, population 10,927, is nestled in both Erie and Lorain Counties and borders Lake Erie and the scenic Vermilion River. Our 16 block Historic Downtown Vermilion serves as the Central Business District (CBD), which consists of City Administration Offices and Municipal Court, many retail businesses, professional offices, waterfront restaurants, marinas, and entertainment.
Trains began running through Vermilion, Ohio starting in 1853. For over 140 years the rumbling, roaring, shaking, screaming tornados have rushed through the quiet village. Ships have come and gone in this little city by the sea, but they were never the acoustic monsters like the trains which roll along like wild demons in a race.
Downtown Vermilion, Ohio, "Harbour Town", is home to dozens of retail shops, restaurants, professional businesses, marinas, accommodations and tourist activities. Main Street Beach is a public swimming beach in downtown Vermilion, Ohio on the north end of Main Street. The Vermilion Lighthouse is located next to Main Street Beach in downtown Vermilion, Ohio. Enjoy the sandy beach in downtown Vermilion, recreational boating of every kind, jet skis, canoeing, sailing and more.
The Arts Guild features rotating exhibits of a new Artist of the Month, as well as special art shows and events. A wealth of art galleries abound in the Harbour Town district. The Vermilion Community Music Association, which features the Community Band, Community Chorus, and the Wind Jammer Dance Band, provides professional music services to numerous events throughout the year. The Vermilion Opera House, built in 1883 in the Vermilion Town Hall, is being restored.
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.
Vermilion is dressing up for the holidays! Light Up Vermilion! takes place on Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 5 pm to 8 pm in Downtown Vermilion, Ohio. During the 5th annual Light Up Vermilion, local businesses invite you in for extended shopping hours, festive window displays, and activities that will fill the evening. Here’s what’s in store for you and your family: Stop at Main Street Vermilion first.
The Vermilion, Ohio winter holiday season, running from late November through early January, is when Vermilion families take extra time to gather with family and friends — and express gratitude for life’s abundance. It is a season of giving thanks and gifts...and a time for community celebrations. Thanksgiving, observed on the fourth Thursday in November, marks the official start of the season.
PUBLIC ART VERMILION unveiled the first in a series of vintage postcard recreations on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at Tiffany's Flowers in downtown Vermilion, Ohio. This is the first in a series of postcards to be installed around Vermilion. Artists are Mike Sekletar and Brian Goodwin. Main Street Vermilion's PUBLIC ART VERMILION is the newest addition to its family of programs.
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.
Most boaters in Vermilion know they’re required to have a U.S. Coast Guard-approved wearable life jacket on board for every person on their boat. But boating safety advocates recommend that all boaters and passengers not only have a life jacket, but wear it at all times while boating. Accidents on the water can happen.
Art and creativity play an important part in historic downtown Vermilion. The Main Street Vermilion Arts Guild inspires and encourages artistic expression through their members — all local artists and craftsmen who display their work at the gallery inside the Main Street Vermilion Building at 685 Main Street. The gallery features watercolors and acrylics.