Introduction to Ashtabula, Ohio
Ashtabula, Ohio is 31 miles NE of Mentor, Ohio (center to center) and 53 miles NE of Cleveland, Ohio. It is in Ashtabula County. The city is part of the Cleveland - Lorain - Elyria metro area. The population of Ashtabula is 20,962.
The present day city of Ashtabula was first settled around 1803. It derived its name from an Indian term meaning "river of many fish". Ashtabula was incorporated in 1891. Before the American Civil War, Ashtabula included a number of stops on the Underground Railroad. These stops were used to help African-American slaves reach Canada in order to gain their freedom. Since the late 19th Century, the harbor of Ashtabula has been a large coal port.
Ashtabula and nearby Attractions
- Ashtabula Marine Museum
- Finish American Heritage and Museum
- Coast Guard Memorial Museum
- Hubbard House Museum
- Great Lakes Marine
Things To Do In Ashtabula
You can enjoy the scenic beauty of Lake Erie while staying at Ashtabula. You can also enjoy the views of the long coal ramp draping at the harbor. The Walnut Beach offers a swimming beach, wildlife preserve, picnic tables, basketball and volleyball courts, and a great view of Ashtabula's historic lighthouse. You can also visit the Hubbard House, Marine museums, and the Finish American Heritage and Museum. Shopping can be enjoyed at Lake Avenue Shopping Center, Harbor Plaza Shopping Center, and Ashtabula Plaza Shopping Center.
The nearest airport is Youngstown - Warren Regional Airport.
Ashtabula Higher Education
Kent State University - Ashtabula Regional Campus is the local university. Lakeland Community College, Edinboro University Of Pennsylvania, and Youngstown State University are other colleges and universities that offer facilities for higher studies.