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Painesville Ohio


Lake County Courthouse in Painesville Ohio

Lake County Courthouse

(© Flickr user: fusion panda/cc license) Fitzgeralds Irish Bed & Breakfast Painesville Ohio

Fitzgeralds Irish Bed & Breakfast

(© Flickr user: Trish N/cc license) Rider Inn Painesville Ohio

Rider Inn Painesville Ohio

(Courtesy Rider Inn)

Painesville, located about 30 miles east of downtown Cleveland, is the county seat of Lake County. The city, names for American Revolutionary War hero, General Edward Paine, is home to 17,500 residents.


Painesville, like many Northeast Ohio communities, was first "settled" as part of the Connecticut Western Reserve in the early 1800s. The town, situated along the Grand River was first named Champion, the surveyor, but was later changed to Painesville, in honor of Revolutionary war hero, General Edward Paine.

During the mid-19th century, the area played a vital role in the Underground Railroad and many houses from that era still have hidden rooms and passageways. Today, Painesville plays on its close proximity to Lake Erie and area wineries and is home to several bed and breakfast inns.


According to the 2000 U.S. Census, there are 17,503 residents in Painesville. Less than half of the population is married (40.4%) and the median age is 30. Approximately 77% of the residents are white, with 13% of African-American heritage and 13% of Latin-American heritage. The median household income is $41,000.

Shopping in Painesville:

Painesville offers a variety of unique stores, art galleries, and antique stores, most of which are located in downtown Painesville and along Mentor Avenue.

Painesville Restaurants:

Among the many restaurant choices in Painesville are:



The Painesville School District has a 2007 enrollment of 3044 students. The district's facilities include a pre-school, five elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school.

In addition, Painesville is home to Lake Erie College, a small private liberal arts college with an enrollment of around 1000 students. The College is best known for its equine studies program, which draws students from around the world.

Famous Residents:

Famous past residents of Painesville include 18th century Ohio Governor Samuel Huntington, football coach and player Don Shula, and science fiction writer, Harlan Ellison.


The Painesville park system maintains over 150 acres of parkland. Facilities include hiking trails, some of which skirt the Grand River; a skatepark; a pond; and a ballpark. For more about Painesville parks, visit the city's Website.

Hotels in Painesville:

Hotels in Painesville include the Renaissance Quail Hollow Resort (check rates), the historic Rider's Inn, and the charming Fitzgerald's Irish Bed and Breakfast Inn. Nearby Mentor, Ohio also offers a variety of hotels in all price ranges.

(updated 1-25-08)

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