Lorain County Resources

Lorain County Resources

Facts & Figures

County Seat:



1822 (December 22)

Parent County:

Huron, Cuyahoga, Medina.


495 square miles

Named For:

Named for the French Province of Lorraine at the request of Heman Ely, founder of the city of Elyria.


Central Northern Ohio, bordered on north by Lake Erie.


Flat to slightly sloping plain, parallel with the lake shore are three sand ridges, which vary from 40 to 150 rods in width; they are respectively about 3,7, and 9 miles from the lake, and are fertile.

Major Cities, Villages

Amherst, Avon, Avon Lake, Elyria, Grafton, Kipton, Lagrange, Lorain, North Ridgeville, Oberlin, Rochester, Sheffield, Sheffield Lake, South Amherst, Vermilion, Wellington.


1830:5,696,1850:26,086, 1900:54,857, 1990:271,100

People of Note:

Archibald M. Willard ("Spirit of '76 Painter), Harry B. Warner (Warner Brothers Film Producer), Keefe Brasselle (Actor), Myron Herrick (42nd Ohio Governor), Toni Morrison (Pulitzer Prize Author).

Historical Notes:

The first actual settlement in Lorain county was made by the Moravian missionaries who came from Detroit in 1786, with the design of going to their old home on the Tuscarawas, the scene of the massacre of 1782. They had reached a point on the Cuyahoga, as far as Independence township, known as "Pilgrim's Rest," when they received such information that they were fearful of proceeding farther inland. After remaining about a year, they journeyed westward until they arrived at the mouth of Black river, where they designed to make a permanent settlement. A Few days only elapsed, when a chief of the Delawares sent them a message warning them to depart. They then settled on the Huron river, two miles north of Milan, remained five or six years, were persecuted and driven away, and found a permanent asylum on the river Thames, in Canada.
A trading post was established in 1807 by Nathan Perry at th mouth of Black river. Actual clearers of the woods, said to have been from Vermont, planted themselves at the point in 1810. In 1808 Columbia received her first settlers; Ridgeville, Amherst and Eaton in 1810, all mostly from Waterbury, Conn. Very few settlers came into the county until the close of the War of 1812. The first settlement made in Elyria was in 1816, and by a Mr. Beach, with his family, who settled in the western part near the site of the present Haags Mill.
From: Historical Collections of Ohio in Two Volumes, An Encyclopedia of the State, Henry Howe,, C.H. Krehbiel & Co., Printers and Binders, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1888.

Historical Society

Lorain County Historical Society

509 Washington Avenue, Elyria, Ohio 44035-5128
Phone: 216.322.3341

Ohio Historical and Improvement Organization (O.H.I.O.)

73-1/2 South Professor Street, PO Box 0455, Oberlin, Ohio 44074
Phone: 440.774.1700

Genealogical Society

Lorain County Genealogical Society

PO Box 865, Elyria, Ohio 44036-0865

Convention & Visitor's Bureau

Lorain County Visitors Bureau

611 Broadway, Lorain, Ohio 44052-1803
Phone: 800.334.1673

County Courthouse

Lorain County Courthouse

308 2nd Street, Elyria, Ohio 44035
Phone: 440.329.5000

County Engineer

Lorain County Engineer
(Locator for cemeteries, townships, buildings, etc.)

247 Hadaway Street, Elyria, Ohio 44035
Phone: 440.329.5586

County Recorder's Office

Lorain County Recorder

Lorain County Administration Building, 226 Middle Avenue, Elyria, Ohio 44035
Phone: 440.329.5176

County Library

Lorain Public Library

351 6th Street, Lorain, Ohio 44052
Phone: 440.244.1192

Elyria Public Library

320 Washington Avenue, Elyria, Ohio 44035
Phone: 216.323.5747

Oberlin Public Library

65 South Main, Oberlin, Ohio 44074
Phone: 440.775.4790

Other Resources

Political Graveyard

 Lorain County Politicians

Lorain County Community College


Oberlin College


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