The Friends of Harbour Town, Inc. is an all volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to historic preservation and community enrichment within the City of Vermilion Ohio. The organization has been preserving and promoting the heritage of downtown Vermilion since the late 1960’s. Friends Of Harbour Town was fashioned to unite those interested in the revitalization, preservation, restoration and improvement of an area in the City of Vermilion designated as Historic Harbour Town 1837.
In 1967 a small group of concerned residents came together to discuss the deteriorating downtown business district and residential community of Vermilion. Through their efforts, research, fund raising and dedication to their community the group formed The Friends of Harbour Town, Inc. officially in 1968. They worked tirelessly to legally establish the old plat portion of the city as an historic district and to get it listed on the National Trust of Historic Places.
For over fifty years the organization has continued to be active and dedicated to the mission of historic preservation, continuing both new and old projects to enhance both the quality of life and the natural beauty that remains a vibrant portion of the Vermilion Ohio community. Over the past five decades hundreds of volunteers and Friends of Harbour Town members have come and gone; and some are still around, continuing to work to make the City of Vermilion the grand and elegant lady that she is.
Successful endeavors of The Friends Of Harbour Town include: scheduling and providing welcome services for tour buses to historic downtown Vermilion; development of tourism through the Historic Sites and Markers committee and headquarters located within the Historic District; and cooperative trade advertising with Vermilion Ohio merchants, the local visitors and convention bureaus, and the Greater Cleveland Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The Friends of Harbour Town’s expertise is represented by their active memberships with the following prestigious organizations: The National Trust for Historic Preservation; The Ohio Association of Museums and Historical Societies; The Cleveland Restoration Society; The Firelands Council of Museums and Historical Societies; The Lorain County Visitors and Conventions Bureau; and Erie County Visitors and Conventions Bureau.
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