Welcome to the Wayne County, Ohio government web site

Wooster, Ohio 

 
Our web site makes it easy for you to find the exact county information that you need. You can contact your elected officials, locate and contact all county agencies and departments, find information about applying for permits and licenses, and review statistics on cities, schools, demographics and more! 

As of mid-October 2012,  The Board of Commissioners have relocated to the lower level of the Wayne County Administration Building.

The OSU Extension offices have relocated to the second floor suite of the Wayne County Administration Building.

 

A ROUNDABOUT is being considered for the Smithville-Western Road and Friendsville Road intersection.  To learn more about ROUNDABOUTS, please go to the following web site or click on the Roundabout presentation below.  If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Wayne County Engineer at 330-287-5500.

http://www.dot.state.oh.us/districts/D03/PlanningEngineering/TrafficPlanning/Pages/Roundabouts-in-District-3.aspx

 ROUNDABOUT Presentation

 
 
The following is the breakdown of Wayne County history. When did it all start? 1796.
 
From 1796 to 1825, many significant events happened in Wayne County, including land being taken away, land being assigned, land being re-assigned, and the forming of an official county government structure. But if you want the true anniversary date, it all started in 1796… 
 
 
PRIOR TO THE BEGINNING…
 
·         In the 1700-1750 time period, Indians made their permanent residence in Ohio. The Delaware and Wyandottes were the resident Indian tribes in Wayne County, and they lived primarily in Clinton, East Union, Franklin and Chippewa Townships.
 
·         On August 3, 1795, General Anthony Wayne (whom Wayne County was named after), negotiated the Greenville Treaty with the chiefs of the eleven most powerful Indian tribes of northwest Indians. This Treaty placed the Indian frontier considerably west of the present Wayne County and marked the real beginning of the era under which white men felt reasonably free from Indian attack.
 
1796
·         On August 15, 1796, “Big” Wayne County was formed (a 133,000 square mile piece of wilderness, later to be rationed down to the 500 square mile block that it is today). “Big” Wayne County encompassed 5 states: Ohio, Michigan and parts of Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. “Big” Wayne County was the 6th county formed in the Northwest Territory.
 
1803
·         State of Ohio was formed. From this point and for the next 22 years, Wayne County was in a 22-year process of shrinking to its present size.
 
1808
·         On February 13, 1808, Wayne County was reduced something similar to what it is today (by Ohio Legislature). However, it remained one township: Killbuck.
 
1812
·         On January 4, 1812, Wayne County became “organized”, started operating as Wayne County and was also recognized by other counties. First elections of officers happened this year, so the government structure of Wayne County was put into place.
 
·         Shortly after January 4, 1812, the first court session was held in a log shanty built by one of Wooster’s founders: John Bever. The County’s first real courthouse was erected in 1819 by Wooster founders John Bever, William Henry and John Larwill. This new courthouse allowed the county seat to be moved from Madison (located atop what is today known as Madison Hill) to Wooster. This courthouse burned in 1828. The second courthouse was built between 1831 and 1833, but this courthouse was condemned in 1877 due to rotting timbers and defective walls. The third and current courthouse was built in 1878.
 
·         On April 11, 1812, Wayne County was divided into four townships: Sugar Creek, Wooster, Mohican and Prairie. Further divisions were made, the last being Clinton on June 7, 1825.
 
 
HOW TOWNSHIPS GOT THEIR NAMES…
Baughman............Named after John Baughman, first white settler; swampy, only a few springs
Canaan................. Biblical name; crops and grazing
Chester................  Formerly Chestnut Township; good fruit trees on ridges
Chippewa............. Named after Indian tribe; coal producing and good land
Clinton.................   Named after Gov. DeWitt Clinton
Congress.............. Named after the Congress of USA
 East Union........... Named by Simon Chaffin, Sr., native of Union, Maine; good soil
Franklin...............    Named after Ben Franklin; agricultural
Green..................    Named after Major General Nathaniel Green of the Revolution
Killbuck................   Named after an Indian chief; City of Wooster made into a township
Milton..................    Named by Commissioner George Bair; swampy land, waterways, creek and man-made ditches made good hay land, etc.
Plain....................    Named for plain or glades covering large areas; fine springs, agricultural, famed for best twp schools
Paint....................   Had a spring with red-looking water
Salt Creek............ Grayish white water which coated everything it touched
Sugar Creek..........Land sandy loam, rich, fertile
Wayne.................    Named after General Anthony Wayne. One of the better improved lands, in wealth, high-priced farmland
Wooster...............    Honoring General David Wooster. Fertile, rolling land.
 

         
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