County Information, Athens County

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Athens County Probate Court
1 S Court St.
Athens, OH 45701-2888
740-592-3242 - Common Pleas Court
740-592-3251 - Probate Court

Ohio Valley Health Svc
1 Blue Line Dr.
Athens, OH 45701

Athens Public Library
30 Home St.
Athens, OH 45701


Other Information

Athens County, formed in 1805, takes its name from Athens, Greece. The land was dedicated for educational purposes and ancient Athens was a center of learning.

The county is the home of Ohio University, founded in 1802. The school began in two rooms with three students. One of the university's early presidents was William Holmes McGuffey, author of the McGuffey Readers for children.

The city of Athens, which is the county seat, developed around the university.

Principle industries include; printing and publishing, non-electrical machinery, leather, food, office machines, automotive tire molds, hand tools, custom printed business forms and dairy products.

Probate Court has birth, death, marriage, & probate records; Clerk of Courts has divorce & civil records from 1800; County Recorder has land records.


Surrounded By

NORTHWEST by Hocking County
NORTH by Perry County
NORTHEAST by Morgan County
EAST by Washington County
SOUTH by Meigs County
SOUTHWEST by Vinton County


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