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Athens County

Athens County is named for the city of Athens in Greece.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Hocking CountyPerry County and Morgan County

E – Morgan County, Washington County and Wood County, West Virginia

S – Meigs County

W – Vinton County and Hocking County


Created:  March 1, 1805                         Map of Ohio highlighting Athens County

County Seat:

Athens  1805 – present


County Courthouse – Athens 


Location:  1 South Court Street / East Washington Street

Built:  1878 – 1880

Style:  Second Empire

Architect:  Henry E Myer of Cleveland

Contractor:  Henry O’Bleness


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick and limestone structure. The building is located in the center of Athens. The east front has a small portico with four columns rising to a balcony on the second story with large arched window and pediment above. On the north side is another pediment with the Lady of Justice. There are dormer windows along the roof. On the center of the roof is a square white colored clock tower with mansard roof. The building houses the County Court of Common Pleas and County Juvenile and Probate Court. The building is named as the Athens County Government Center. The building was renovated in 1935 and 2004.


Note:  In October 1878, contracts were signed with D F  Minehan for excavation, W W McCoy for stone and brickwork, painting, glazing and joiner work, Brown and Robb for steam heating and plumbing, J M Westwater and W W Westwater for as fixtures and Henry Bleness for galvanized tin, cast and wrought iron work.. Henry Blenrss was also hired to superintendent of construction. The cost of construction was $47,000.


See:   The architect, Henry E Myer, also designed courthouses in Columbiana County, Erie County, Licking County and Muskigum County.


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


History:  The county was created in 1805 and Athens was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was built in 1808. The second courthouse was built in 1817 and was later destroyed by fire. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1876 to 1880 at a cost of $46,898.


County Courthouse – Athens











County Courthouse Annex

Photos taken 2011