Oberlin, OH
  • 12,731 Population
  • 8.85 Square Miles
  • 848 Businesses

A Fun Fact About
Oberlin, OH

Oberlin is sometimes cited as “The Town That Started the Civil War” because of a letter sent by the Governor of Ohio to Abraham Lincoln urging him to repeal the Fugitive Slave Law. The Oberlin-Wellington Rescue is detailed in Nat Brandt’s book The Town That Started the Civil War.

At one time Wellington was the Cheese Capital of the U.S. Wellington had strong access to highly productive farm land and was located on a major rail line connecting to the population centers on the eastern seaboard and was at the edge of the western feasibility range for ice based refrigeration for rail transport.

The Allen Memorial Art Museum, with collections that place it among the top five college art museums in the nation, was established in 1917.

The Apollo Theatre, one of the few continuously running, single-screen movie houses in the country, was established in 1913.

Oberlin College students can rent original works of art from the renowned Allen Memorial Art Museum for $5 per semester. Students have works by Picasso, Warhol and other well-known artists hanging in their dorm rooms.

John Heisman (for whom the Heisman trophy is named), started his coaching career as Oberlin’s first football coach. He was undefeated in his first season.

Oberlin, OH is partnering with Wellington Village, OH.