Amherst, Ohio was founded in 1811 and has played a significant role in the history of our county. Its unique architecture and historic downtown characterize nineteenth century America. Amherst holds the distinction of being the Sandstone Center of the World and is home to many historic buildings and landmarks in and around the downtown area. With its five parks, including the 72-acre Amherst Beaver Creek Reservation, Amherst is a great place to raise a family. The public and private schools are among its strongest community assets, and Amherst retains small town friendliness complete with commerce and industry, hospitals, churches, service clubs, and other amenities that enhance the quality of life. Most homes in the city are single-family dwellings, although duplexes and apartments can be found.