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City Overview

Amherst, Ohio... A Wonderful Place to Live, Work and Play By Teresa Gilles, Main Street Amherst and Jami Anderson, The City of Amherst

In 1811, the first land clearing in the Amherst area was done by Jacob Shupe. He brought with him a carpenter from Pennsylvania and together they built the first sawmill in Lorain County, as Shupe knew there would be a great need for lumber as settlers arrived. With lumber from his new sawmill, Shupe built the first frame house in this area next to a stream he later named Beaver Creek. This framed house still stands today on a hill near what is now Cooper Foster Park Road. Today, situated a stone’s throw from Lake Erie, Amherst is 7.12 square miles in area and with 12,021 residents, is the ideal hometown for people of all ages.


Amherst, Ohio Magazine & Community Guide | 2015-16

The City offers suburban, as well as urban living by retaining small town friendliness complete with commerce and industry, excellent public schools, St. Joseph Catholic School, University Hospital, numerous churches, parks, service clubs and other amenities that enhance the quality of life. Amherst has something for everyone. It is a great place for families, millennials and retirees. The City of Amherst has a statutory form of government administered by an elected fulltime Mayor and part-time Safety Service Director. The law director, auditor and treasurer are part-time positions and are elected to four year terms. City council members are part-time and elected to serve two-year terms. All city council and committee meetings are televised and open to the public. Among Amherst’s distinctive

Amherst 2015-16  
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