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Adams County


Adams County is named for John Adams, who was the second President of the United States.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Highland County and Pike County

E – Scioto County

S – Lewis County, Kentucky and Mason County, Kentucky

W – Brown County


Created:  July 10, 1797                          Map of Ohio highlighting Adams County

County Seat:

Manchester  1797 – 1804

West Union  1804 – present


County Courthouse – West Union


Location:  110 West Main Street / North Market Street

Built:  1910 – 1911

Style:  Greek Revival and Federal

Architect:  T S Murray & Company

Contractor:  James Skene & Sons Company


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of West Union. The south front has a portico with four square brick pillars rising to a pediment. On the roof is a square clock tower with green colored dome. The building houses the County Court of Common Pleas and County Court. An addition was added on the north side in 1973 to 1974. The architect was Hayes, Donaldson, Wittenmyer & Partners and the contractor was Don King Construction Company.


See:  Ohio Court of Appeals – Chillicothe ( 4th Appellate District )


History:  The county was created in 1797 and Manchester was selected as the county seat. The county seat was moved to West Union in 1804. The first courthouse was built by Thomas Metcalf in 1811. The second courthouse was built by Joseph Shinn in 1876 and was destroyed by fire in 1910. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1910 to 1911 at a cost of $50,000.



County Courthouse – West Union













Photos taken 2011