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Old St. Patrick’s Church

Wellington, Ohio 1849 Old St. Patrick’s church was originally a one room school house. The school was no longer needed when the village consolidated its schools in the early 1900s. Meanwhile, St. Patrick’s parish was founded in 1858, to serve mainly Irish railroad workers. The parish outgrew its first church, and in 1906 bought the current structure at an auction, for $700 dollars. The... read more

First Congregational United Church of Christ

Wellington, Ohio 1896 The congregation was organized in 1824 and first met in a log school house. In the 1840s the church split, with the splinter group taking a more strongly anti- slavery stance. The two sides reunited in the late 1840s. In 1878-79 a brick church was built on the site. According to the History of Lorain County, Ohio, published in1879, “During a winter revival meeting the church ... read more

First United Methodist Church

Wellington, Ohio 1867 Circuit riding preachers led the Methodist services in Wellington until the congregation was organized and built a log cabin church in 1825-26. In 1835, a brick edifice was built on the site of the present church. At the time the current church was built, it was considered “the best Methodist Church in Ohio .” (History of Lorain County, 1879). The church’s most ... read more

Columbia Baptist Church

Columbia Station, Ohio 1900 Nineteen settlers formed the congregation in 1832. The first church on the site was built in 1840-48 and was torn down to make space for the current church. The church is located at the main intersection of the township, adjacent to the township hall, a cemetery, and another church. The sanctuary contains two beautiful stained glass windows. The Columbia Stone Quarry Co.... read more

First Church in Oberlin, United Church of Christ

Oberlin, Ohio 1842 Original Name: Congregational Church of Christ Congregationalists, mainly settlers from New England, organized the church in 1834. The congregation met in temporary settings until the current church was built in 1842. By 1860 it was among the largest Congregational churches in the country. Along with Berea, Tallmadge and other settlements in the Western Reserve, Oberlin was founded... read more

Christ Church Episcopal

Oberlin, Ohio 1859 The parish, originally in LaPorte, was organized in 1836-1840, as the first Catholic Church formed between Cleveland and Sandusky . In 1865 the church building was moved to the present site in Grafton. The parish name was changed from St. John of the Cross to Immaculate Conception, and work began on the new building. Newly opened stone quarries brought German, Irish, and Polish ... read more

Immaculate Conception Church

Grafton, Ohio 1867-1871 The parish, originally in LaPorte, was organized in 1836-1840, as the first Catholic Church formed between Cleveland and Sandusky . In 1865 the church building was moved to the present site in Grafton. The parish name was changed from St. John of the Cross to Immaculate Conception, and work began on the new building. Newly opened stone quarries brought German, Irish, and Polish... read more

First Congregational Church

Painesville, Ohio 1862 The Connecticut Missionary Society organized the congregation in 1810. Named “The First Church in Painesville,” it was organized under the Plan of Union, linking the Congregational and Presbyterian church policies. After leaving the “Union,” the church was first Presbyterian for a decade, then independent for another decade on the slavery issue, and finally in 1862 it became... read more

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Medina, Ohio 1884 The congregation was established in 1817. Two earlier churches, a log church and a frame building, housed the congregation until the present church was completed in 1884. A parish hall and an office wing are later additions. The stone for the building was quarried locally, in Berea. The bell in the belfry was taken from the original wooden church. In 1937, to celebrate the 120th... read more

United Church of Christ Congregational

Medina, Ohio 1881-82 The church was organized in 1819. For several years it shared a log church with the Episcopalians, who now have a stone structure next door. The current church is the second on the site, which is adjacent to the town square, in downtown Medina. The congregation has been part of the town since its founding. During the Abolitionist Movement, the church split over slavery; all members... read more
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