Perry County

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Perry County is named for Oliver Hazard Perry, who was a naval officer during the War of 1812.


Created:  March 1, 1818

County Seat:

Somerset           1818 – 1857

New Lexington  1857 – present


County Courthouse – New Lexington


Location:  105 North Main Street / West Brown Street

Built:  1887 – 1888

Style:  Richardsonian Romanesque

Architect:  Joseph Warren Yost of Cleveland

Contractor:  Hilbert Shaus


Description:  The building faces northeast and is a three story brown colored stone structure. The northeast front has a projecting center section with large stone arch and recessed entrance. On the second story are three windows with stone framework. Above is an arched window with a turret rising on each side to a gabled roof. On the front corners are two large square towers with steep roofs. On the south side is another stone arch. On the center of the roof is a high square brick tower with clock and open area at the top, turrets and step roof.


Note: The architect, Joseph Warren Yost of Cleveland , designed courthouses in Belmont County, Guernsey County, Harrison County, Holmes County, Miami CountyWood County and Wyandot County.



N – Licking County and Muskingum County

E – Muskingum County and Morgan County

S – Athens County and Hocking County

W – Hocking County and Fairfield County


























Photos taken 2012