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Meigs County

Meigs County is named for Return Johnathan Meigs Jr., who was Governor of Ohio and Postmaster General.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Vinton County and Athens County 

E – Wood County, West Virginia and Jackson County, West Virginia

S – Mason County, West Virginia and Gallia County 

W – Gallia County and Vinton County


Created:  April 1, 1819                            Map of Ohio highlighting Meigs County

County Seat:

Middleport  1819 – 1823

Chester      1823 – 1841

Pomeroy    1841 – present


County Courthouse – Pomeroy


Location:  100 East Second Street / Mulberry Avenue

Built:  1845 – 1848

Style:  Italianate

Architect:  S S Bergin

Contractor:  John C Hysell ( supervisor )


Description:  The building faces south and is a three story white colored brick structure. The building is located in the center of Pomeroy.  The south front has recessed center section with two large columns rising from a buff stone base to a pediment at the roof line. There is a balcony on the second story and recess staircases. The windows are arched. On the roof over the center section is a round cupola with gold colored dome. The building can be entered at any story as the north side is set into the hillside. The building houses the County Court of Common Pleas – General, Juvenile and Probate Divisions and County Court. The plans copied the Scioto County Court House at that time. The east and west wings were added in 1877 as well as the spiral staircase. On the east side is the old red colored brick County Sheriff Residence and Jail built in 1894 to 1896.



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


Old County Courthouse – Chester



Location:  Highway 248 / Allen Street

Built:  1822 – 1823

Style:  Federal

Architect:  Lawrence Jinks

Contractor:  Able Chase


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick and wood structure. The building is located on spacious grounds. The square shaped building is located at the top of a hill overlooking Chester to the south. The building has a central wood framed entrance on the first story. The roof is hipped.The building is an example of the “Foursquare Courthouse” form also found in Perry County and Ross County.


Note:  The courthouse is the oldest standing courthouse in Ohio.


History:  The county was created in 1819 and Middleport was selected as the county seat. The first court met in the home of Levi Shedman. The county seat was moved to Chester in 1823. The first courthouse was built in 1822 to 1823. The county seat was moved to Pomeroy in 1841. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1845 to 1848 at a cost of $5,215.



County Courthouse – Pomeroy















Old County Sheriff Residence and Jail – Pomeroy





Old County Courthouse – Chester













Photos taken 2011 and 2015