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Milan (Ohio)

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Thomas A. Edison birthplace.

Milan is a city in Northwest Ohio. It is located in the south part of Erie County and the area known as The Firelands. Today it is best known as the birthplace of inventor Thomas Edison, who lived there until age seven. The Milan Canal, built in the mid-1800's led to Milan being the 2nd largest grain export port in the world during the 1800's, shipping grain from Ohio farms to the Huron River, into Sandusky Bay, Lake Erie, on to the Erie Canal, to it's destination in New York City. Milan was also a ship building community, building over 60 schooners that graced the Lake's and made it a center of commerce in northern Ohio. When the railroads laid track in Ohio, that was the demise of the Milan Canal. Milan survives today as a beautiful village in Northwest Ohio.

Get in[edit]

South of Sandusky, approx. 12 miles, on SR 250.

Get around[edit]

Being a small village, walking is very easy and most likely the easiest way to see the town, parks and museums. There is no public transportation. Since the Milan Canal dried up in the 1800's, no boat traffic is present. Much of the village is very flat with few hills.

See[edit][add listing]

Thomas Edison Birthplace Museum
  • The Edison Birthplace Museum, 9 Edison Dr. 1+ 419-499-2135. [1] The museum is adjacent to the home where Thomas A. Edison was born and resided until age 7, when his family moved to Port Huron, Michigan. The visit to the museum and the adjacent birthplace tour are well worth the $5.00 fee.
  • Milan Historical Museum, 10 Edison Dr. 1+ 419-499-2968 [2] Located on one acre of grounds and gardens, this seven building complex reveals Milan's unique heritage and includes the home of Dr. Leman Galpin, he attended the birth of Thomas A. Edison, who lived approx. one block away. It is a site well worth the visit and includes a blacksmith museum and a doll museum in the mix. Take time to see the 13 minute film on the Milan Canal, it will be time well spent.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • The Annual Mid-Summer Antiques Fest, Early July of each year.
  • ANNUAL Milan Melon Festival, downtown. Every Labor Day weekend.
  • Milan Historical Museum's Settlers Weekend, Third Weekend in October (Sunday only.) Annual. Free.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Hoover Potato Digger

Antique collectors will delight in Milan Village Square, loaded with antique shops all within easy walking distance from each other.

  • Sights and Sounds of Edison, 21 S. Main St. 1+ 419-499-3093 [3] Sale and repair of Edison Phonographs plus more.
  • Uncle Tom's Mercantile Shoppe, 3 Main St. 1+ 419-499-8509.
  • Hidden Creek Pottery, 41 E. Front St. On The Square (Corner of Front and Center streets), 1-419-499-3505, [4]. 11-5, Mon. - Sat.. Locally made pottery, fused glass, fine art and jewelry.  edit


Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Gingersnap Junction and Tea Room, 1 Main St. 1+ 419-499-9411
  • Invention Family Restaurant, 15 Main St. 1+ 419-499-2661
  • Jim's Pizza Box, 10 Main St. 1+ 419-499-4166

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Park Lounge, 51 East Front St. 1+ 419-499-2833
  • Wonder Bar Inc, 48 E Front St. 1+ 419-499-2777

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Colonial Inn South, 12211 Milan Rd
  • Hampton Inn Sandusky/Milan, 11600 US 250 Milan Rd.
  • Motel 6 Sandusky - Milan, 11406 US Highway 250 N.

Bed & Breakfast[edit]

  • Angel Welcome Bed & Breakfast, 2 Front St. 1+ 419-499-0094 [5]

Contact[edit]

Get out[edit]

Routes through Milan
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