Why “Mill on Main”? The name honors the historic enterprises that came before it: Maps of Oberlin dating from the mid-19th century suggest that at least one mill (a planing mill or sawmill) was in the vicinity of South Main Street and East Vine Street (the latter used to be named Mill Street) along Plum Creek.

Mill on Main is owned by Jill Sawyer, an Oberlinian who previously designed and operated a meeting space in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.

Tapping into her background in art history and fine arts, Jill uncovered historic finds onsite, meticulously restored them, and then mixed them with mid-century furniture and decor.


Mill on Main accommodates meetings and events with anywhere from 2 to 65 attendees. There is a two-hour minimum, and rates vary depending on the event type and number of attendees. While the venue focuses on gatherings for those ages 18 and above, bookings for celebrations for babies and kids may be considered upon request and are based on the specifics of each request.


Parking Tips

  • On-street parking spots are available along Main Street:
    • in front of and next to (north of) the building
    • across the street in front of Lupitas and The Bridge
  • Public parking is also available in these lots:
    • In front of Oberlin Public Library
    • Behind the Courthouse/police station, to the east toward Pleasant Street.