Meigs County

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Meigs County is named for Return Johnathan Meigs Jr., who was Governor of Ohio and Postmaster General.

 

Created:  April 1, 1819

County Seat:

Middleport  1819 – 1823

Chester      1823 – 1841

Pomeroy    1841 – present

 

County Courthouse – Pomeroy

 

Location:  100 East Second Street / Mulberry Avenue

Built:  1845 – 1848

Style:  Italianate

Architect:  S S Bergin

Contractor:  John C Hysell ( supervisor )

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a three story white colored brick structure. The south front has recessed center section with two large columns rising from a buff stone base to a pediment at the roof line. There is a balcony on the second story and recess staircases. The windows are arched. On the roof over the center section is a round cupola with gold dome. The building can be entered at any story as the north side is set into the hillside. The east and west wings were added in 1877 as well as the spiral staircase.

 

Note:  The plans copied the Scioto County Court House at that time.

 

Old County Courthouse – Chester

 

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Location:  Highway 248 / Allen Street

Built:  1822 – 1823

Style:  Federal

Architect:  Lawrence Jinks

Contractor:  Able Chase

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick and wood structure. The building is located on spacious grounds. The square shaped building is located at the top of a hill overlooking Chester to the south. The building has a central wood framed entrance on the first story. The roof is hipped.

 

Note:  The courthouse is the oldest standing courthouse in Ohio.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Vinton County and Athens County 

E – Wood County, West Virginia and Jackson County, West Virginia

S – Mason County, West Virginia and Gallia County 

W – Gallia County and Vinton County

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Old County Courthouse

 

 

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Photos taken 2011 and 2015