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Monroe County

Monroe County is named for James Monroe, who was the fifth President of the United States from 1817 to 1825.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Noble County and Belmont County 

E – Wetzel County, West Virginia and Tyler County, West Virginia

S – Washington County

W – Noble County 


Created:  January 29, 1813                    Map of Ohio highlighting Monroe County

County Seat:

Woodsfield  1813 – present


County Courthouse – Woodfield


Location:  101 North Main Street / West Court Street

Built:  1907 – 1908

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Samuel Hannaford and Sons

Contractor:  Robert H Evans & Company of Zanesville


Description:  The building faces east and is a three story red colored brick and Bedford stone structure. The east front has a projecting center section with stone framed central entrance on the first story. There is horizontal stone facing on the first story. Two columns rise from the second story to the top of the third story with a wide pediment above at the roof line. .


Note:  The courthouse has one of ten largest clocks in the world, which can be seen from miles away. Its four faces were installed in 1908 by Howard Clock Company of New York. The cost of the clock was $2,775.


See:  The architect, Samuel Hannaford and Sons, also designed courthouses in Greene County and Washington County.


See:  Ohio Court of Appeals – Youngstown ( 7th Appellate District )


History:  The county courthouse was created in 1813 and Woodfield was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a two story wood and stone structure built on the west side of the public square by James Carrothers at a cost of $137. The second courthouse was a two story brick structure built by David Scott in 1828 to 1829. The courthouse was destroyed by fire on June 13, 1867. The third courthouse was a two story structure built by W W McCoy in 1868 to 1869 at a cost of $40,000 The courthouse burned on February 25, 1905. The fourth courthouse was constructed in 1907 to 1908 at a cost of $150,000.



County Courthouse – Woodsfield 



















Photos taken 2012