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Guernsey County

Guernsey County is named for the island of Guernsey in the English Channel and from where the settlers came.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Coshocton CountyTuscarawas County and Harrison County

E – Harrison County and Belmont County 

S – Noble County

W – Muskingum County and Coshocton County


Created:  March 1, 1810                         Map of Ohio highlighting Guernsey County

County Seat:

Cambridge  1810 – present


County Courthouse – Cambridge 


Location:  801 Wheeling Avenue / North 8th Street

Built:  1881 – 1883

Style:  Second Empire

Architect:  Joseph Warren Yost of Cleveland

Contractor:  T B Townsend of Zanesville


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story buff colored fine sandstone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds of the Public Square in the center of Cambridge. The south front has a one story portico supported by four columns rising to a balcony on the second story. Vertical pilasters rise to small pediments with a large pediment above at the roof line. At the top of the pediment is a statue of Lady Justice. The corners of the building have square towers rising to mansard roofs. On the center of the roof is a large square clock tower rising to a dome with lantern at the top. The building houses the County Court of Common Pleas – Domestic Relations Division, Juvenile Division and Probate Division. 


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


See:  Ohio Court of Appeals – Canton ( 5th Appellate District )


History:  The county was created in 1810 and Cambridge was selected as the county seat. The county used rented premises. The first courthouse was a Greek Revival structure built on the Public Square in 1818. An addition was built in 1854. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1881 to 1883.



County Courthouse – Cambridge













Photos taken 2011