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The Monroe House (1866) is one of the Heritage Center's three historic buildings and includes the main office.

Oberlin is located about 35 miles southwest of Cleveland, near interstate highways I-480, I-80, and I-90.  The address of the Oberlin Heritage Center's office is 73 1/2 South Professor Street in Oberlin and the 1/2 means we are located in the middle of the block and very difficult to find.  Visitors using GPS or search engines should use our parking lot address of 20 West Vine Street, which is just behind Midas Muffler at the corner of Main Street (State Route 58) and Vine Street at the southern end of downtown Oberlin. The brick Monroe House, where our offices are and tours begin, is located at the end of the parking lot. Visitors can walk around the Monroe House fence to our front door.

Note: History walks may start in alternate locations.  See our event calendar and tour information for start locations.

 

 

 

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Directions:

From the East (and Cleveland)

Take I-480 west and continue on the four-lane divided highway until you exit at route 511, the Oberlin exit. NOTE: The name of this highway changes from I-480 to Route 10 to US Route 20. Just stay on the same highway and follow the signs that say Oberlin. It is marked US Route 20 toward Norwalk by the time you get to the Oberlin exit. After exiting the highway, go straight at the 4-way stop. You are on Route 511 (Lorain Street). Go 1.1 miles. Just as you enter the city limits, turn left at the Y intersection onto College Street. Continue straight on College Street through one traffic light (Park Street). At the next light (Main Street), turn left. At the next light (Vine Street), turn right. Midas is on that corner. Turn right into the parking lot adjacent to the Midas building and bear left toward the back of the parking lot. Proceed as far as possible and park against the wood rail fence. You are behind the brick Monroe House. Walk through the opening in the fence and follow the stone and brick walkway to the front door.

From I-80/the Ohio Turnpike: From the East

Get off at the Amherst-Oberlin Interchange (Exit #140). Take Route 58 south. As you enter Oberlin Route 58 becomes Main Street. Continue south on Main Street through the intersection at College Street. At the next light, turn right onto Vine Street. Midas is on that corner. Turn right into the parking lot adjacent to the Midas building and bear left toward the back of the parking lot. Proceed as far as possible and park against the wood rail fence. You are behind the brick Monroe House. Walk through the opening in the fence and follow the stone and brick walkway to the front door.

From I-80/the Ohio Turnpike: From the West

Take the Baumhart Road Exit (#135/7a). Turn right and go south on Baumhart Road, cross 113 at the light, continue south to Route 511, turn left, and go two miles into Oberlin. After entering Oberlin, continue on Route 511 (Lorain Street) to Main Street (Route 58) and turn right. Continue south on Main Street through the intersection at College Street. At the next light, turn right onto Vine Street. Midas is on that corner. Turn right into the parking lot adjacent to the Midas building and bear left toward the back of the parking lot. Proceed as far as possible and park against the wood rail fence. You are behind the brick Monroe House. Walk through the opening in the fence and follow the stone and brick walkway to the front door.

From the West

Just as you enter Oberlin on Route 511, Presti's Restaurant will be on your left. Turn right at the Y intersection onto College Street. Take College Street for 1.1 miles through 2 traffic lights (Prospect and Professor Streets), and turn right onto Main Street (Route 58) at the third light. At the next light (Vine Street), turn right. Midas is on that corner. Turn right into the parking lot adjacent to the Midas building and bear left toward the back of the parking lot. Proceed as far as possible and park against the wood rail fence. You are behind the brick Monroe House. Walk through the opening in the fence and follow the stone and brick walkway to the front door.

From the North (and Route 2 from the West)

Exit Route 2 onto Route 58 south and go 13 miles to Oberlin. After entering Oberlin, continue on Route 58 (Main Street) through two traffic lights (Lorain Street/Route 511; and College Street). At the next light (Vine Street), turn right. Midas is on that corner. Turn right into the parking lot adjacent to the Midas building and bear left toward the back of the parking lot. Proceed as far as possible and park against the wood rail fence. You are behind the brick Monroe House. Walk through the opening in the fence and follow the stone and brick walkway to the front door.

From the South

Enter Oberlin traveling north on Route 58 (Main Street). Turn left at Vine Street traffic light. Midas is on that corner. Turn right into the parking lot adjacent to the Midas building and bear left toward the back of the parking lot. Proceed as far as possible and park against the wood rail fence. You are behind the brick Monroe House. Walk through the opening in the fence and follow the stone and brick walkway to the front door.