Introduction to Oberlin, Ohio
Oberlin, Ohio is 7 miles SW of Elyria, Ohio (center to center) and 30 miles SW of Cleveland, Ohio. It is located in Lorain county.
Two Presbyterian ministers, Philo P. Stewart and John Shipherd, founded Oberlin in 1833. The duo named the area Oberlin honoring Jean-Frédéric Oberlin, who was an Alsatian minister. They wanted to establish a school to train Christian missionaries, as well as to create a religious community. Oberlin college was established in the city. Oberlin was also played an important role in the United States abolitionist movement in the mid-19th century.
Oberlin and Nearby Attractions
- Findley State Park
- Allen Memorial Art Museum
- Carlisle Reservation
- Apollo Theater
- Goodtimes Amusement Park
- Johnson Island Civil War Prison and Fort Site
Things To Do In Oberlin
Popular museums in and around Oberlin include the Milan Historical Museum, the Oberlin Heritage Center, Allen Memorial Art Museum and Inland Seas Maritime Museum. Vermilion River Reservation, Bradley Woods Reservation and French Creek Reservation offer opportunities for recreation, and activities such as fishing, boating, hiking and picnicking. Cooke House, which was the home of Eleutherus Cooke, congressman and state legislator in the 1840s, is a renowned historic site in Sandusky, near Oberlin.
Air transportation is available at Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport.
Oberlin Higher Education
Oberlin College is located in the city. Nearby colleges include Lorain County Community College, Baldwin-Wallace College and Ashland University.