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Darke County

Darke County is named for William Darke, who was an officer in the American Revolutionary War.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Mercer County and Auglaize County

E – Shelby County and Miami County

S – Montgomery County and Preble County

W – Wayne County, Indiana, Randolph County, Indiana and Jay County, Indiana

 

Created:  January 3, 1809                      Map of Ohio highlighting Darke County

County Seat:

Greenville  1817 – present

 

County Courthouse – Greenville 

 

Location:  504 South Broadway / West 4th Street

Built:  1874 – 1875

Style:  Second Empire and Renaissance Revival

Architect:  Edwin May

Contractor:  Rouzer & Rouzer of Dayton

 

Description:  The building faces northeast and is a three story buff colored brick and stone structure. The building id located on landscaped grounds in the center of Greenville. The northeast front has a projecting center section with recessed entrance and Statue of Justice at the roof line. Behind rises a tall square white colored cupola with small round cupola at the top. The roof line is flat. The interior had wood trimming the walls and ceilings. And a wooden staircase. The building houses the County Court of Common Pleas and County Court of Common Pleas – Probate and Juvenile Division. The architect was Edwin May and the contractor was Rouser & Rouser of Dayton. A new entrance has been constructed on the north side in 2020. On the south side of the building is the County Annex constructed in 1870 as a Sheriff’s residence.

  

See:  Ohio Court of Appeals – Dayton ( 2nd Appellate District )

 

History:  The county was created in 1809 and Greenville was selected as the county seat when the county was organized in 1817. The first courthouse was a small two story wood structure built in 1824. The second courthouse was a two story structure designed by Allan LaMotte and built in 1834. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1874 to 1875.

 

 

County Courthouse – Greenville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Annex (Sheriff Residence) – Greenville

 

 

Photos taken 2011