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VOL Historic Ballroom

VOL Historic BallroomIn 1919 a group of investors from the Cleveland area purchased a wooded property with 600 feet of Lake Erie frontage in tiny “Vermilion-on-the-Lake”, Ohio. They cleared the land, and using the very logs they felled, built an approximately 10,000 square foot private community center known as the Vermilion-on-the-Lake Clubhouse.

The big bands of that era were soon accompanied by couples dancing on polished hardwood floors beneath a glittering globe. Those original hardwood floors, framed by the original log walls, are still there today. Soon, “Vermilion-on-the-Lake” became a summer playground and a sparkling jewel for well-to-do residents of western Cleveland.

These pre-Depression era high rollers purchased summer cottages throughout the area and shared access to the clubhouse’s 600-foot pristine and sandy beach. Ladies with parasols strolled the boardwalk of the “Atlantic City of the Midwest”. As late as the 1950’s, top-notch entertainment attracted society’s elite to the “V.O.L.” to see the big bands of the day, including the leading edge sounds of the “Chuck Berry Trio” performing their hit “Maybellene” one summer Tuesday night in 1955.

But, alas, the luster faded. Rising lake levels reclaimed the pristine beach, the economy turned sour and many lot owners looked to sell. Maintenance waned and the original owners agreed to deed the property over to the “Vermilion-on-the-Lake Lot Owners Association”.

During the 1960’s “Vermilion-on-the-Lake”, which had been an incorporated village, was annexed by the then “Village of Vermilion” to create the current “City of Vermilion”.

The VOL (Vermilion-on-the-Lake) Historic Community Center remains today one of the only wedding venue’s still situated on Lake Erie’s shore. The ‘VOL CLubhouse’ as it has been called, demands only modest rental fees which assist the effort to save and renovate this historic building.

The Vermilion-on-the-Lake Lot Owners Association is a non-profit corporation formed under the laws of the State of Ohio as a service organization. Besides the restoration and operation of the Historic Community Center, their mission includes community service, involvement in the security of the area through our “Block Watch” program, providing a venue for community fellowship and political discussion, and providing education to our citizens about the history and culture of our area.

Through a recent affiliation with the Lorain County Historical Society, they hope to emphasize the historic nature of this unique building and encourage the businesses and foundations tasked with preserving our heritage, to lend a hand in restoring the Historic Community Center to its once glorious condition.

VOL Historic Community Center is located at 3780 Edgewater Blvd, Vermilion, Ohio 44089. Phone: (440) 967-4118

German’s Villa


In 1983 after many years of catering throughout Lorain County, John W. German had a vision to build his own party center. Mr. German loved catering to people, and taking exceptional care of them. John German was the best at doing this and he insisted that every employee take personal care of each guest. In 1985, German’s Villa was born and with the help of his son Cliff and wife Nancy, they have owned and operated German’s Villa with that same concept. It has been and will continue to be one of the premier party centers on Ohio’s North Coast.

German’s Villa has been known since the beginning, for its delicious food and unbelievable service. We make our clients feel “Right at Home” which is just the way Mr. German began more than 27 years ago. “Delicious food and the best service anywhere”, is their motto to every guest.

Thank you for thinking of German’s Villa. Your expectations will be fulfilled and you will be glad you selected this dedicated, hard-working family to take exceptional care of you and your guests

Respectfully yours,

John “Cliff” German

German’s Villa is the perfect venue for any wedding, anniversary or special occasion. With our crisp linen, sparkling table service and sophisticated atmosphere, German’s Villa presents a delicious array of gourmet foods. From the time your guests arrive until they leave, we are sure they will recall your special event with fond memories. Delicious food and the best service anywhere is their motto to each and every guest.

Please contact the office to arrange a tour of the facilities.

AmVets Post 22


Full Bar Service

Full linen Service – White, Ivory and All Colors

Great Accommodations for 250 guests

Weddings, Anniversary, Birthday, Showers, Corporate Events, Retirement, Meetings, Holiday Parties, School Functions, Association Gatherings and Fundraisers

For further information or to set a date:
Please Call:
Linda Hadaway @ 440-967-5610
Dorothy Cunningham @ 440-967-6582


American Legion

American Legion

Call the post at 440-967-2919 and ask for Don, Dennis or Mandi to find out about renting the hall or pavilion.


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