Settled in 1800, Painesville is the county seat of Lake County, Ohio and is located along the beautiful Grand River, 2.5 miles from the shores of Lake Erie and roughly 30 miles northeast of Cleveland.


A city with pride, Painesville is home to a dynamic historical downtown district and has a diverse population of over 19,000 residents. From the 100-year-old Lake County Courthouse to the Greek Revival styles of City Hall, visitors will take note of the unique historical buildings all over the downtown district. Settled in 1800 by Revolutionary War General Edward Paine, Painesville is the county seat and is located along the state-designated scenic Grand River, 3 miles from the shores of Lake Erie and 30 miles northeast of Cleveland.

Painesville is known for its beautiful nature and spectacular riverfront views, including 13 parks and a charming city square. Residents and visitors enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities, including baseball, discgolf, hiking, fishing, and birdwatching. Located on the shores of Lake Erie is Painesville Township Park, which includes a dance hall, community center, ball fields, and a pier with a view of Lake Erie.

Over the past twenty years, Painesville Farmers Market has become known as the best market in Lake County. Meet energetic artisans and vendors with produce picked the same day. Painesville Farmers Market runs May through October, every Thursday 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. in Painesville Square.

For 160 years, Lake Erie College has been educating students in the heart of Painesville. As one of the oldest institutions for higher learning in the Western Reserve, Lake Erie College is proud of its start as a female seminary to a coeducational institution of today with over 10,000 alumni. A cornerstone in the community, Morley Library was founded and sees over 260,000 visitors yearly.