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Hancock County

Hancock County is named for John Hancock, who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Wood County

E – Seneca County and Wyandot County

S – Hardin County

W – Allen County and Putnam County


Created:  April 1, 1820                            Map of Ohio highlighting Hancock County

County Seat:

Findlay  1828 – present


County Courthouse –  Findlay 


Location:  300 South Main Street / West Main Cross Street

Built:  1886 – 1888

Style:  Second Empire and Victorian

Architect:  Frank Weary and George Washington Cramer

Contractor:  W H Campfield of Findlay


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story brown colored sandstone structure. The east front has a one story portico with balcony. On the second story is a large arched window. Above are the statues of Justice, Law and Mercy. The north and south sections have center sections that rise to a peak above the roof line. On the center of the roof is a square stone clock tower with dome and Statue of John Hancock at the top. The building houses the County Court of Common Pleas.


See:  Ohio Court of Appeals – Lima  ( 3rd Appellate District )


Old County Courthouse –  Findlay 



Location:  819 Park Street / East Lima Street

Built:  1833 – 1834

Style:  Federal

Architect:  William Taylor, Frederick Henderson and Jonathan Parker.

Contractor:  William Taylor, Frederick Henderson and Jonathan Parker.


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story wood frame structure. The building was moved to this site. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds and is now a residence. There is a central entrance and the roof is hipped.  


Note:  The building was the first courthouse and was located at the southwest corner of Main Street and Putnam ( Crawford ) Street. The cost of construction was $700 and the plaster work was completed by Parlee Carlin.


History:  The county was created in 1820 and Findlay was selected as the county seat in 1828. The first courthouse was a two story frame structure built in 1833 which is still standing. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1886 to 1888.



County Courthouse – Findlay



















County Court of Common Pleas courtroom

















Old Courthouse – Findlay

Photos taken 2011