Note: For shipping cost when ordering multiple publications, please contact the LCHS office at, call 440-322-3341, or write to the address below. Make check payable to "LCHS."
Lorain County Historical Society
284 Washington Avenue
Elyria, OH 44035


This book is a pictorial history presented by the Lorain County Historical Society.This 128 page, over 200 vintage image, soft cover book was written by LCHS Director William Bird and LCHS Secretary Robert Ebert. This is the newest publication from LCHS and part of the Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing. Published August 2014.



Lorain County: The Early Years

This book is a pictorial history presented by The Elyria Chronicle-Telegram and the Lorain County Historical Society.

Price $42.00 (tax included)

Mailed outside Ohio: $45

Mailed within Ohio:  $47

Come One, Come All

$5.00 (add $1.75 for shipping/handling)

A history of the Lorain County Fair.

Country Boy

$5.00 (add $1.75 for shipping/handling)

Growing Up in Northern Ohio in the 1820s.


City Beautiful in a Small Town

$5.00 (add $1.75 for shipping/handling)

The Early History of the Village Improvement Society in Oberlin, Ohio.


The Garford Company and Its Output

$1.00 (add $1.00 for shipping/handling)

A reprint of a Garford Company advertisement booklet, makers of motor cars and trucks, Elyria, Ohio.


Indian Hollow Road: Volumes I & II

$16.95 each volume or $30.00 for the set (add shipping/handling: $3.50 per book or $5.00 for the set)

by Joanne Meade Webster

Vol. I: Letters and reminiscences tell the story of an average American family as they joined the westward trek between 1828 and 1865. During the Civil War the sons and grandsons fight for the Union cause.

Vol. II: Includes a complete two-volume index of all family names mentioned in the text. Now join those same family members as they struggle with the confusion and antagonisms of the post-war period. As with Volume One, numerous old photographs add much visual impact to the text.


Down Through the Years in Elyria

Hard Cover $32.00 (add $4.50 for shipping/handling)

Originally Compiled in 1967 by Katherine G. Thomas, reprinted by Elyria Biographical and Historical Commission.

This publication is great for those who have become interested in researching their family and the history of Elyria and Lorain County, or just for those fascinated by the intriguing stories to be found in this highly detailed publication.

The wealth of Elyria and Lorain County stories, historical data, and family genealogies contained in this remarkable volume are enhanced by the very complete name index; in addition, the Biographical and Historical Commission has supplied ten pages of vintage photos showing the heritage of Elyria and the county.

This publication is printed on acid free paper by offset lithography. Bound in red peroxylin-coated library buckram, it is stamped in rich gold. The end sheets, with which the text and binding are held together, are cloth reinforced. This is a collector's volume, long to be used and admired.

The author, James B. Thomas (1881-1956), was a native of Virginia, a graduate of Elyria High School (1901) and Cornell University (1904), with a degree in civil engineering. In 1908 he married Mary Katherine Garford, daughter of A. L. Garford (Elyria auto manufacturer and industrialist); and he was later employed for a time at the Garford Company. Besides his civil engineering career, Mr. Thomas was active in many community organizations (Community Chest, Rotary, Round Table, Garden Club and the Lorain County Historical Society) and civic affairs. He wrote several regular columns and fetures for the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram, including "Down Through the Years in Elyria: (from 1949 to 1955)," which in 1967 were collected into book form by his widow, Katherine Garford Thomas.


Elyria in Vintage Postcards

Soft Cover $20.00 (add $3.00 for shipping/handling)

by Benjamin J. and Anne Fischer Mancine

Elyria was settled on the Black River near two 40-foot waterfalls, which aided milling operations and encouraged industry. Its proximity to Lake Erie further promoted travel and trade. Elyria in Vintage Postcards picks up Elyria's history 90 years after her founding in 1817, when postcards were all the rage. This fashionable mode of communication resulted in the preservation of these images of historic Elyria. This book will take you on a tour of the town through vintage postcards. Visit Elyria's now-defunct movie theaters and hotels during their prime. View Black River bridges, old mills, and an early hydroelectric plant. Discover buildings that were destroyed by fire, bridges destroyed by flood, train wrecks, and devastating snowstorms. And take a rare peek inside Elyria's early businesses, schools, and churches. This book represents the best of the more than 600 postcards in the authors' collection.


Strange Tales from Ohio

$13.99 + $0.88 tax each (also add $3.50 shipping & handling)

by Neil Zurcher

An updated and revised edition of the popular book about Ohio's offbeat history, by Neil Zurcher -- the author of Ohio Oddities and Ohio Road Trips.

Learn why residents of Blueball, Ohio, erected a monument to a pig. Witness the birth of the Inflatoplane (an inflatable airplane, of course) in Akron, and revisit Ohio's last public whipping, near Dayton. Read about the Funeral Home Museum... the Curse of Leatherlips... the world's first recorded automobile accident... the oldest Revolutionary War veteran... cemetery rootbeer... the man who invented disposable diapers...

A treat for anyone who enjoys discovering the real wonders of the Buckeye State! 


Ohio Oddities

$13.99 + $0.88 tax each (also add $3.50 shipping/handling)

by Neil Zurcher

The Buckeye State has no shortage of strange, silly, goofy, quirky, eccentric, and just plain weird people, places, and things -- if you know where to look. And no one has looked in more places for Ohio's oddities than Neil Zurcher, the popular Fox 8 TV travel reporter who makes his living on the road seeking out unusual destinations. This book collects the most remarkable things he's found in and about the Buckeye State, including:

Mysteries. Like the "bottomless" Blue Hole of Castalia and Ashtabula's famed Headless Chicken -- who lived without a noggin for 38 days.

Big things. Like the World's Largest... Crystal Ball... Gathering of Twins... Easter Basket... Cuckoo Clock...

Peculiar claims to fame. Like the "Oldest concrete road in America," the "World's fastest pumpkin carver."

Strange collections. Like the Objects Swallowed by Citizens of Lima; the nation's only vacuum cleaner museum; and the world's largest collection of popcorn poppers and peanut roasters.

Notable citizens. Like Balto the Wonder dog, cheesemaking firewalker Komar the Magnificent, and Buckeye Chuck, the weather rodent.

And the just-hard-to-explain. Like the Wellington ATM shaped like a Victorian horse and buggy or Ohio's strange attachment to the bathtub from the U.S.S. Maine.

The 1858 Oberlin-Wellington Rescue: A Reappraisal

$9.99 + $0.63 tax each (also add $2.00 shipping/handling)

by Ronald M. Baumann, published by Oberlin College.

VHS Video: The History of Lorain County Townships

$10.00 + $0.63 tax each (also add $3.00 shipping/handling)

Compiled by Jim Smith as part of the 2003 Ohio Bicentennial celebration.