Vermilion is a city in Erie and Lorain counties in the U.S. state of Ohio, on Lake Erie, about 35 miles west of Cleveland and 17 miles east of Sandusky.
Vermilion was previously described as the “Village of Lake Captains”, with many captains’ homes in the Harbour Town Historic District. Housing styles in the district include Victorian, Italianate, Arts and Crafts, and Queen Anne. Community-wide revitalization efforts have been promoted since the 1970s, encouraging property owners and citizens to retain historic qualities. The Vermilion Lagoons neighborhood is one of the first planned residential communities on the water in the United States, with construction starting in 1928.
Vermilion harbor features sandy beaches, recreational boating, jet skis, canoeing, and sailboats. Shipbuilding was once the major industry there. Vermilion is home to over 12 parks and facilities, including the Vermilion River Reservation, featuring the Bacon Woods and Mill Hollow areas on each side of the Vermilion River, which runs through the reservation and directly out to Lake Erie. Picnic shelters and trails are located in Vermilion.
The Vermilion School System provides public school education for area children from kindergarten through 12th grade, with vocational and professional education opportunities at the EHOVE Career Center. The Vermilion Institute of Technology (VIT) is a private, independent scholars institute involved in teaching and research.