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Athens County

"At the Foothills of the Appalachian Mountains"

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Athens county is located in southeastern Ohio and uses the city of Athens, home of Ohio University, as its county seat. The county population on July 1, 1999, was 61,599, an increase of 2,050 over the 1990 census.

Mound-building Indians from the Adena culture, canals, railroads, mining and the first university west of the Appalachian Mountains all contribute to the rich history of Athens County. Although many relics from the Adenas have been preserved by archaeologists, many more were destroyed by farmers' plows and yet others remain buried.

Often, small communities would form around iron furnaces, providing services and recreation for workers and their families. The hills were rich in salt, coal, iron, oil and gas when the settlers arrived. Mines and mills as well as the furnaces sprung up as needed to preocess the raw materials.

For outdoor lovers, about half of the county is within the Wayne National Forest.

Location: Athens Ohio

Other Ohio Counties nearby:
(Athens) Athens County
(Lancaster) Fairfield County
(Logan) Hocking County
(Jackson) Jackson County
(Pomeroy) Meigs County
(Woodsfield) Monroe County

07/06 Coming to The Athens area
West Virginia Strawberry Festival Buckhannon WV May15-19 The Festival is a unique, traditional celebration to promote the strawberry harvest. Enthusiastic volunteers provide good, family style entertainment that offers exciting educational and cultural events for everyone.
Park Street Festival Columbus OH June7-8 So many Food Trucks, so little time! Bringing you the best & most diverse food trucks in all of Ohio, all in one place!
Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival Wheeling WV July26-28 Bocce tournament, pasta exhibit, wine competition, entertainment.
Tuscarawas County Italian-American Festival Dover OH August9-11 Our 24th Annual Festival Plate is honoring the 1962 Class A State Football Champions from Dennison Saint Mary's High School.
Mohican Traditions Festival Loudonville OH August16-17 Experience "hometown" Loudonville by attending the always-popular Arts & Crafts Show!