Founded in 1833 by John Jay Shipherd and Philo P. Stewart, Oberlin is the home of Oberlin College- a liberal arts college featuring a world-renowned conservatory of music. Having met and bonded in nearby Elyria, the pair headed south on a mission to create a community and school that would be more in line with their religious beliefs. Riding through the forests in search of an ideal location, Shipherd and Stewart stopped to rest and pray in the shade of an elm tree.
Legend says that a nearby hunter witnessed a family of bears climb down a nearby tree. Although the bears saw the men, they turned away without harming them. Upon hearing this story from the hunter, the two ministers took this as a sign that they had selected the site of their community and school. The name of the said community would be named after Jean-Frederic Oberlin, a minister whose prior achievements in a poor and remote area, served as an inspiration to them.
Oberlin is also the birthplace of the Anti-Saloon League and the Hall-Héroult Process which reduces aluminum from its fluoride salts by electrolysis and made it possible to industrialize the production of aluminum.
Centered in Oberlin sits the public park, Tappan Square. Until 1965, this National Historic Landmark was home to the Historic Elm, where Shipherd and Stewart decided on the location of Oberlin to build their new found community and school. Today, a beautiful memorial stands where the historic elm once stood.
ATTRACTIONS AND HISTORIC SITES
Oberlin, OH offers a blend of arts, cultural, and historical activities as well as recreational fun - all while being mindful of our impact on the environment.
OBERLIN SUMMER THEATER FESTIVAL
Providing free productions during the summer months, the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival is a professional, not-for-profit summer theater program making meaningful theater classics accessible to all.
BIRENBAUM INNOVATION AND PERFORMANCE SPACE
The William and Helen Birenbaum Innovation and Performance Space—“the Birenbaum”—is a club-like venue in the lower level of the Hotel at Oberlin. By day it serves as a teaching space; by night it features conservatory performances and events.
BACK ROADS AND BEACHES
Enjoy leisurely summer days visiting stops along the Back Roads and Beaches trail, including art galleries, museums, historical sites, shopping, restaurants, and wineries.
ALLEN MEMORIAL ART MUSEUM
Always free and open to the public, the Allen Memorial Art Museum is home to over 14,000 works of art and ranks as one of the finest collections among any college or university.
LET'S GO TO A SHOW
Take in a first-run movie at the historic Apollo Theater, or enjoy several recital series, convocations, theater, dance, and opera performances at Oberlin College.
Zip-line through the tree tops at Common Ground Canopy Tours or enjoy the eight lane indoor pool, tot lagoon, water slides, playground, and fitness room at Splash Zone.
OBERLIN HERITAGE CENTER
Explore the history of Oberlin with a tablet tour, history walks, bus tours, or a do-it-yourself tour through the Oberlin Heritage Center.
Just minutes from the hotel are several award-winning golf courses including Oberlin Golf Club, Forest Hills Golf Course, and the Elyria Country Club