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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Lorain County, Ohio

Clickable Map of Lorain County, Ohio and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Lorain County, OH (74) Ashland County, OH (51) Cuyahoga County, OH (294) Erie County, OH (144) Huron County, OH (91) Medina County, OH (44)  LorainCounty(74) Lorain County (74)  AshlandCounty(51) Ashland County (51)  CuyahogaCounty(294) Cuyahoga County (294)  ErieCounty(144) Erie County (144)  HuronCounty(91) Huron County (91)  MedinaCounty(44) Medina County (44)
Elyria is the county seat for Lorain County
Adjacent to Lorain County, Ohio
      Ashland County (51)  
      Cuyahoga County (294)  
      Erie County (144)  
      Huron County (91)  
      Medina County (44)  
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1 Ohio, Lorain County, Amherst — 14-47 — Sandstone Center of the World
The City of Amherst was founded in 1811. Beginning in 1847, Amherst developed and prospered around the sandstone industry and its associated quarries. This sandstone proved to be an important economic blessing to our early settlers and is the . . . Map (db m5525) HM
2 Ohio, Lorain County, Avon — 6-47 — Norton S. Townshend, M.D.(1815-1895)
A progressive farmer, physician, and legislator, Norton S. Townshend lived in Avon from 1830 until his death. His introduction of field drainage tile significantly increased the productivity of Avon farmland. A well-educated country doctor, he . . . Map (db m5529) HM
3 Ohio, Lorain County, Avon — Timeline of Dr. Norton S. TownshendAntislavery Politician, Agricultural Educator
A progressive farmer, physician, and legislator, Norton S. Townshend had a residence in Avon from 1830 until his death. His introduction of field drainage tile significantly increased the productivity of Avon farming. A well educated country . . . Map (db m96124) HM
4 Ohio, Lorain County, Avon Lake — 28-47 — Peter J. Miller House / Adam Miller & Family
The Peter J. Miller House was constructed around 1830 and is one of the last remaining pre-Civil War lakefront houses in Lorain County. The architecture is Greek Revival. Peter Miller married Ruth Houseworth in 1828. They had five children. In . . . Map (db m143225) HM
5 Ohio, Lorain County, Columbia Station — Columbia Baptist ChurchNational Register of Historic Places
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m186555) HM
6 Ohio, Lorain County, Columbia Station — 17-47 — Columbia Township
Founded in 1807 Columbia was the first continuously inhabited settlement in Lorain County. Harmon, Levi and Azor Bronson, Calvin Hoadley, Jared Pritchard and others formed the Waterbury Land Company to buy the township from the Connecticut Land . . . Map (db m134194) HM
7 Ohio, Lorain County, Columbia Station — Columbia United Methodist Church
Site of the first dedicated house of worship in Lorain County. The first Methodist service in Columbia Township occurred in 1818 in the home of the Widow Burke. Methodists continued to meet in homes until 1830 when the first church building was . . . Map (db m175661) HM
8 Ohio, Lorain County, Elyria — About The Ely Square Bicentennial Fountain
For 200 years and counting, Elyrians have been proud to call Ely Square the city's central gathering place. Donated by the city's founder Heman Ely, the square has long featured a series of fountains. Each unique to the generations they've . . . Map (db m202679) HM
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9 Ohio, Lorain County, Elyria — Becker-Haynes Building
This property is listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m202688) HM
10 Ohio, Lorain County, Elyria — 1-47 — Birthplace of Easter Seal Society
The nation-wide Easter Seal movement, the first major voluntary effort to provide treatment for the crippled, was founded on this site with the organization of the Ohio Society for Crippled Children by Edgar F. (Daddy) Allen, April 22, 1919.Map (db m158975) HM
11 Ohio, Lorain County, Elyria — 30-47 — Edgar F. “Daddy” Allen
Elyria businessman Edgar “Daddy” Allen (1862–1937), founder of Easter Seals, is buried in this cemetery with his wife Blanche and son Homer. In 1907 Allen lost his son because of an interurban train crash. The lack of adequate . . . Map (db m158976) HM
12 Ohio, Lorain County, Elyria — Elyria Korean War Memorial1050-1953
In memory of all the men and women who served their country with dedication and bravery during the Korean War.Map (db m202562) WM
13 Ohio, Lorain County, Elyria — Elyria Vietnam Conflict Memorial1965-1974
In memory of all the men and women who served their country with dedication and bravery during the Vietnam Conflict.Map (db m202563) WM
14 Ohio, Lorain County, Elyria — Elyria War Memorial
You've never lived 'til you've almost died… for those who fought for it, life has a flavor the protected will never know." Scribed on a c-ration container by a soldier during the Vietnam War
Elyria Veterans' . . . Map (db m214539) WM
15 Ohio, Lorain County, Elyria — First United Methodist Church
This propert is listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m202686) HM
16 Ohio, Lorain County, Elyria — In Memoriam[World War I Memorial]
This monument dedicated to the memory of members of the United States Armed Force from Elyria, Ohio who gave their lives in World War 1.Map (db m202678) WM
17 Ohio, Lorain County, Elyria — 3-47 — King Solomon Lodge No. 56Free and Accepted Masons
King Solomon Lodge, the first Masonic Lodge in Lorain County, was chartered on December ll, 1821, with Heman Ely as Worshipful Master. Ely (1775-1852), a prominent land developer, founded the City of Elyria in 1817, and built the first grist . . . Map (db m144070) HM
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18 Ohio, Lorain County, Elyria — 18-47 — Lorain County Community College
Lorain County Community College opened its Abbe Road facilities on October 3, 1966, making it the first community college in Ohio with a permanent campus. At the time, three buildings had been completed on the 250-acre site— Engineering . . . Map (db m224984) HM
19 Ohio, Lorain County, Elyria — 16-47 — Monteith Hall
Monteith Hall was built in 1835 as the residence of Reverence John Monteith (1788–1868) and family. Before coming to Elyria as the first superintendent of the new high school, Rev. Monteith was an educator and minister in Detroit, Michigan. He . . . Map (db m143985) HM
20 Ohio, Lorain County, Elyria — Patriotic Sacrifice Forever RememberedWorld War II — 1941 - 1945 —
Dedicated to the noble deeds of the men and women of this county who served their country and gave their lives in time of strife and to the lasting memory of their sacrifice.Map (db m202684) WM
21 Ohio, Lorain County, Elyria — Saint Andrews Episcopal Church
This propert is listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior St. Andrew's Episcopal Church 1872Map (db m202685) HM
22 Ohio, Lorain County, Elyria — Saint Mary's Church
This propert has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m202687) HM
23 Ohio, Lorain County, Elyria — Soldier’s Monument
1861 – 1865 Elyria to her heroes who fought and her martyrs who fell that the Republic might live Fredericksburg Gettysburg VicksburgMap (db m136369) WM
24 Ohio, Lorain County, Elyria — The Founding of Elyria
Elyria’s founding party left West Springfield, Massachusetts on February 20, 1817. Heman Ely brought his personal staff of Miss Anna Snow and an African American youth named Ned. They were accompanied by Ebenezer Lane, an Ely relative; Luther . . . Map (db m143834) HM
25 Ohio, Lorain County, Elyria — 29-47 — Tragedy at 5th Street and Middle Avenue
On Memorial Day in 1907, interurban car 123 crashed into the rear of interurban car 129 at the intersection of 5th Street and Middle Avenue. Eight passengers died including Homer Allen, son of Elyria businessman Edgar F. Allen. Inadequate . . . Map (db m144078) HM
26 Ohio, Lorain County, Elyria — U.S.S. Maine
In Memoriam U.S.S. Main Destroyed in Havana Harbor February 15th 1898 This tablet is cast from metal recovered from the USS MaineMap (db m202561) WM
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27 Ohio, Lorain County, Elyria — United Spanish War Veterans Memorial
United Spanish War Veterans Department of Ohio Memorial Major Woodworth Camp No. 62 and Ladies Auxiliary No. 23 1898 - 1902Map (db m202677) WM
28 Ohio, Lorain County, Elyria — United States Post Office
This propert is listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior United States Post Office 1915Map (db m202689) HM
29 Ohio, Lorain County, Kipton — 24-47 — Great Kipton Train Wreck
On April 19, 1891, a head-on collision between two trains of the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway occurred at the Kipton depot. Eight people lost their lives, and the depot was heavily damaged. The crash occurred when a fast mail train . . . Map (db m96536) HM
30 Ohio, Lorain County, Lorain — Black River Bridgeway Trail
Discover the Signs and Signals of People and Nature Modern human influence surrounds this park. Although the Black River Valley seems to be spared from development, this valley has been used for Native American settlements . . . Map (db m177053) HM
31 Ohio, Lorain County, Lorain — 4-47 — Founding of Lorain, Ohio
At the mouth of the Black River in April, 1787, Moravian missionary David Zeisberger attempted a settlement of Indians but was ordered further west by unfriendly Delaware Indians. On July 16, 1834, a plat of this site was filed by Conrad Reid, . . . Map (db m192163) HM
32 Ohio, Lorain County, Lorain — 31-47 — General Quincy Adams Gillmore
Quincy Adams Gillmore, considered one of the greatest military engineers and artillerists of the Civil War, was born to Quartus Gillmore and Elizabeth Reid Gillmore at this location in l825. He attended Norwalk Academy and taught high school in . . . Map (db m143353) HM
33 Ohio, Lorain County, Lorain — 10-47 — Helen Steiner Rice
Helen Steiner Rice was born on May 19, 1900, in Lorain, the daughter of Anna and John Steiner. Demonstrating an early propensity for writing, Helen planned for college, but her father's death during the 1918 Spanish Influenza epidemic kept her . . . Map (db m67511) HM
34 Ohio, Lorain County, Lorain — Lakeview Park War Memorial
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35 Ohio, Lorain County, Lorain — 25-47 — Lorain Station 100
Prior to the Civil War, Ohio was a leading state for enslaved Americans of African descent traveling the Underground Railroad to freedom in Canada. For these fugitives, their final stop in Ohio was a Lake Erie port community in the north. One . . . Map (db m143281) HM
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36 Ohio, Lorain County, Lorain — 32-47 — Lorain West Breakwater Lighthouse / Saving the Lorain Lighthouse
On October 22, 1913, Congress appropriated $35,000 to build a light- and-fog station at Lorain harbor. Construction began after plans were approved in 1916. The concrete structure was finished and light placed in service in 1917, but the station . . . Map (db m143276) HM
37 Ohio, Lorain County, Lorain — Quincy A. Gillmore
In memory of Quincy A. Gillmore, 1820–1888. Born on this farm. Major General in Union Army, Civil War 1861–1865.Map (db m143361) HM
38 Ohio, Lorain County, Lorain — 20-47 — ShipbuildingLorain's First Industry
Side One Lorain's shipbuilding industry began when Augustus Jones and William Murdock began constructing wooden sailing vessels on the west side near the mouth of the Black River. The sloop General Huntington was the first boat launched . . . Map (db m67504) HM
39 Ohio, Lorain County, Lorain — 8-47 — The Lorain Tornado, 1924
Just after 5:00 P.M on June 28, 1924, a tornado swept off Lake Erie directly into downtown Lorain. Within five minutes, seventy-eight people lost their lives. Fifteen died in the old State Theatre that stood upon this site, as an audience of two . . . Map (db m67510) HM
40 Ohio, Lorain County, Lorain — Trading Post
In 1807 a Trading Post with the Indians was established near this site by Nathan Pery, Jr. that resulted in the settlement of Lorain which in pioneer days was known as the Mouth of the Black River.Map (db m5547) HM
41 Ohio, Lorain County, Lorain — Valley Of The Giants
Despite all the logging and development in this valley over the last few hundred years, some giant trees have survived. These modern giants give only a hint of the giants of the past. A Giant's Tale A giant tree grew near this spot over . . . Map (db m177055) HM
42 Ohio, Lorain County, Oberlin — 30-47 — Antoinette Brown Blackwell and First Church in OberlinAntoinette Brown Blackwell (1825–1921)
First Church was built by the Oberlin Community in 1842-44 for the great evangelist Charles Grandison Finney (1792-1875). He was its pastor, headed Oberlin College’s Theology Department, and later became College president. In the mid-19th . . . Map (db m144079) HM
43 Ohio, Lorain County, Oberlin — 21-47 — Charles M. Hall and Frank M. Jewett
Aluminum pioneer Charles Martin Hall was born in 1863 in Thompson, Ohio (Geauga County), and moved with his family to Oberlin in 1873. Hall graduated from Oberlin College in 1885, studying chemistry under Professor Frank Fanning Jewett . . . Map (db m224994) HM
44 Ohio, Lorain County, Oberlin — 26-47 — Downtown Oberlin Historic District
The intersection of Main and College streets has been the center of Oberlin since the town and college were founded in 1833. The first downtown buildings were made of wood and were destroyed by a series of spectacular fires. The first college . . . Map (db m144173) HM
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45 Ohio, Lorain County, Oberlin — Oberlin and the Underground Railroad — Historic Underground Railroad Site —
A key junction on the Underground Railroad in Oberlin, Ohio connected at least five routes that led from slavery to freedom. No fugitive in Oberlin was ever returned to bondage. Freedom seekers lived openly in the town, and were supported by its . . . Map (db m144166) HM
46 Ohio, Lorain County, Oberlin — 13-47 — Oberlin College and Community / Abolitionism in Oberlin                 
Oberlin College and Community. Founded in 1833. Reverend John Jay Shipherd and Philo Penfield Stewart envisioned an educational institution and colony dedicated to the glory of God and named in honor of John Frederick Oberlin, . . . Map (db m144277) HM
47 Ohio, Lorain County, Oberlin — 9-47 — The Burrell-King House
Jabez Lyman Burrell (1806-1900), originally from Massachusetts, built this house in 1852. Burrell made his living as a cattleman and farmer, but devoted much of his time to serving the cause of abolitionism, helping slaves who had escaped the South . . . Map (db m101111) HM
48 Ohio, Lorain County, Oberlin — Welcome to Oberlin Heritage CenterMorgan Street Bridge Railing
This fence is made from railings that graced the Morgan Street Bridge from circa 1880 to 2008. Oberlin Heritage Center volunteers devoted many hours to salvage, repair and installed them here for all to enjoy.Map (db m144251) HM
49 Ohio, Lorain County, Oberlin — 47-23 — Westwood Cemetery
Shortly after Oberlin Colony was established in 1833, a two-acre burying ground was set aside south of Plum Creek in the area bounded by Main, Morgan, and Professor streets. By 1861, however, with the town and Oberlin College growing and the Civil . . . Map (db m144282) HM
50 Ohio, Lorain County, Oberlin — 27-47 — Willard Van Orman Quine
Willard Van Orman Quine was one of the greatest philosophers and logicians of the 20th century. Born in Akron on June 25, 1908, Quine studied philosophy and logic at Oberlin College (B.A. 1930). He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard . . . Map (db m144178) HM
51 Ohio, Lorain County, Sheffield Lake — 2-47 — 103rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry
The 103rd O.V.I. was recruited for Civil War service from Cuyahoga, Lorain, and Medina counties. The Regiment was organized at Cleveland in August, 1862, and served until 1865 in campaigns at Cincinnati, Knoxville, Atlanta, Franklin, Nashville, and . . . Map (db m67469) HM WM
52 Ohio, Lorain County, Sheffield Lake — 15-47 — Burrell Homestead
In June 1815, Captain Jabez Burrell settled this land after coming from Sheffield, Massachusetts. Five years later the brick homestead was constructed. Five generations of the Burrell family occupied the homestead continuously from 1820 to January . . . Map (db m67503) HM
53 Ohio, Lorain County, Sheffield Lake — 12-47 — Jay Terrell and his "Terrible Fish"
Around 1867, along the shale cliffs of the lakeshore of Sheffield Lake, Jay Terrell found fossils of a "terrible fish" later named in his honor as Dinichthys Terrelli. This animal, now known as Dunkleosteus terrelli, was a massive arthrodire (an . . . Map (db m67502) HM
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54 Ohio, Lorain County, South Amherst — Honor Roll
Erected in appreciation of those of South Amherst and vicinity who gave their services in the World War. 1917-1918 J. M. Adams • L. A. Adams • E. Anderson • H. Barnhardt • A. Barricilli • D. Barricilli • J. W. Bruce • Wm. . . . Map (db m202676) WM
55 Ohio, Lorain County, South Amherst — Veterans Memorial
We gratefully remember all of our veterans who answered their country's call to duty in a time of need and stood in harms way so that this great nation might remain the land of the free and home of the brave.Map (db m202674) WM
56 Ohio, Lorain County, South Amherst — 33-47 — Village of South Amherst Town Hall
The Village of South Amherst incorporated in 1918. Mayor Fred Ruth and village's council authorized a special election on February 22, 1919 so that the village could issue bonds to establish a town hall. The village used the funds to buy the house . . . Map (db m202560) HM
57 Ohio, Lorain County, South Amherst — World War II Memorial
Dedicated by Brownie Girl Scouts in memory of those who sacrificed their lives in World War II John Jones • Charles Carland • Paul Shairba • Andrew Vassie • Maynerd Jones • Walter Ruth • John Klimosewski • John SzekelyMap (db m202675) WM
58 Ohio, Lorain County, Wellington — Archibald M. Willard
This tablet was erected by Wellington residents to honor the memory of Archibald M. Willard creator of the “Spirit of ’76” who conceived the idea for his famous inspirational painting on this public square, henceforth . . . Map (db m38796) HM
59 Ohio, Lorain County, Wellington — First Congregational ChurchNational Register of Historic Places
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m191375) HM
60 Ohio, Lorain County, Wellington — First United Methodist ChurchNational Register of Historic Places
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m191552) HM
61 Ohio, Lorain County, Wellington — Herrick Memorial Library
This Library was erected by Hon. Myron T. Herrick once our fellow citizen, always our friend. He dedicated it to the memory of his Father and Mother, Timothy R. Herrick and Mary Hulbert Herrick and presented it to the Township of . . . Map (db m191379) HM
62 Ohio, Lorain County, Wellington — 5-47 — Horr Cheese House, 1865 / Myron T. Herrick (1854-1929)
Side one: Horr Cheese House, 1865 As late as the Civil War era, cheesemaking in Ohio remained largely a cottage industry. After investigating new processes and obtaining pledges for a reliable milk supply from area farmers, brothers . . . Map (db m38814) HM
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63 Ohio, Lorain County, Wellington — Howk Memorial Park
Wellington gratefully acknowledges the gift of the land for this park and square made by Mr. and Mrs. Alonson Howk who were among the area's earliest settlers, arriving in the Fall of 1818Map (db m229103) HM
64 Ohio, Lorain County, Wellington — Huntington Civil War Memorial
Panel A: In grateful Memory of the Volunteers from Huntington Who offered up their Lives to Preserve the Federal Union in the Great American Rebellion Panel B: Sergt. E.A. Sprague Gauley River Va. Oct. 9, 1861 Æ . . . Map (db m38832) HM
65 Ohio, Lorain County, Wellington — Myron T. Herrick1854-1929
Governor of Ohio • Farmer, Huntington • Teacher, Brighton • Banker, Cleveland • Memorial, Wellington • Ambassador, FranceMap (db m229104) HM
66 Ohio, Lorain County, Wellington — Spirit of ’76In Memoriam
Center marker, front: Revolutionary War 1775-1783 War of 1812 Civil War 1861-1865 Spanish American 1898-1901 World War 1917-1918 World War II 1941-1945 Korean War 1950-1953 Vietnam War 1961-1975 Center marker, . . . Map (db m38810) WM
67 Ohio, Lorain County, Wellington — The Cheese Industry in Wellington
Wellington was the hub of the Nation’s cheese-processing industry in the last half of the 19th century. The rich pasture lands of southern Lorain County, enterprising farmers, selective cattle breeding and astute businessmen contributed to the . . . Map (db m191331) HM
68 Ohio, Lorain County, Wellington — Veterans Monument
Dedicated to the Honor and Sacrifice of our Men and Women Who served our Country in times of War The erection of this monument made possible by the gifts of the citizens of the community, the assistance of the Huntington Grange, the efforts of . . . Map (db m38829) HM
69 Ohio, Lorain County, Wellington — Vietnam Veterans MonumentIn Memoriam
To those who died in Vietnam Kenneth C. Marley Davis A. Jones Gary W. Perkins Timothy J. Cottrell Richard M. Logan Sydney A. Cottrell They shall not have died in vainMap (db m38809) HM
70 Ohio, Lorain County, Wellington — Wellington
”The Spirit of ‘76” painted by Archibald M. Willard who lived hereMap (db m191313) HM
71 Ohio, Lorain County, Wellington — Wellington
Early home and burial place of Archibald M. Willard painter of the famous ”Spirit of ‘76”Map (db m191340) HM
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72 Ohio, Lorain County, Wellington — Wellington Town HallNational Register of Historic Places
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m191550) HM
73 Ohio, Lorain County, Wellington — Wellington, Ohio Established 1818Elevation: 854 ft. • Latitude: 41.17 N • Longitude: 82.22 W
The Wellington-Oberlin Slave Rescue The Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 enabled slave owners to enlist federal marshals to recapture their runaway slaves even in free states, so getting across the Ohio River was no guarantee of safety to an escaping . . . Map (db m191343) HM
74 Ohio, Lorain County, Wellington — Wells BuildingNational Register of Historic Places
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m191554) HM
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