Introduction to Shelby, Ohio
Shelby, Ohio, in Richland county, is 44 miles SW of Elyria, Ohio (center to center) and 66 miles SW of Cleveland, Ohio. Part of the surrounding Mansfield metro area, the city is not isolated and is home to some 9,821 residents.
The Shawnee, Wyandot, Delaware, and Mohican tribes of Native Americans were the original inhabitants of this region. White settlers arrived in 1818, and among the early settlers was Revolutionary War veteran James Gamble, Mr. & Mrs. Henry Whitney, Stephen & Sarah Marvin, and Mrs. Deborah Moyer. Gamble's Mill, a horse-powered grist mill, operated in the area, and the post office, which was named Gamble's Mill Post Office, was established in 1826. James Gamble planned the community in 1834 and named it "Shelby" in honor of the Revolutionary War hero and the first governor of Kentucky, Gen. Isaac Shelby. The village of Shelby was incorporated in 1853, and in 1921, it was reincorporated as a city.
Shelby and Nearby Attractions
- Tiffin Glass Museum
- Cooke House
- Milan Historical Museum
- Malabar Farm State Park
- African Safari Wildlife Park
- Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
Things To Do In Shelby
Shelby offers easy access to several museums and places of historical interest including the Tiffin Glass Museum, Milan Historical Museum, Edison B irthplace Museum, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Cooke House, and Harding Home. Malabar Farm State Park offers facilities to enjoy hiking, horseback riding, fishing, picnicking, and camping. African Safari Wildlife Park is another popular destination. Among other attractions near Shelby are the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Goodtimes Amusement Park, Schedel Arboretum and Gardens, Six Flags Wyandot Lake, and Columbus Zoo & Aquarium.
Air transportation is available from the Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport.
Shelby Higher Education
North Central State College, Ohio State University - Mansfield, and Ashland University are some of the colleges close to Shelby.