About Lawrence County, Ohio

Lawrence County, Ohio borders the Ohio River at the Southernmost part of the state. Six architecturally interesting bridges span the Ohio River, connecting Lawrence County with various locations in both Kentucky and West Virginia.

Lawrence County Ohio was organized December 20, 1816. The first Court of Common Pleas was organized March 4, 1817. In 2016, Lawrence County celebrated its Bicentennial! CLICK HERE to view photos of the Grand Finale event.

The first election was held April 7, 1817, with Joseph Davidson, Joel Bowen, and David Spurlock elected county commissioners. Their first meeting was held Monday afternoon, April 21, 1817, at the home of Joseph Davidson in Burlington.

Lawrence County, Ohio was named after Capt. James Lawrence, a native of Burlington, NJ and a gallant naval officer of the War of 1812.

Lawrence County was home to 23 blast furnaces and was once the world leader in pig iron production.

Historical Stories About Lawrence County, Ohio

Accident stories listed in various newspapers

Bits and Pieces

Daniel Boone stone found in Scioto County, Ohio

History of Canals in Ohio

Covered Bridges in Lawrence County, Ohio

Mrs. Earles Remembers

Farmer’s Stories

Gold Rush to California hits Lawrence County, Ohio

Henry Patrick Remembers – Farm lands in Ironton before 1848

List of Hunters in Lawrence County, Ohio 1913

Local News in 1890 for Lawrence County, Ohio

Chronological List of Events for 1890-1938

Odds and Ends


Personal Boom – about Col. James H. Davidson


Soliloquy Series – This series of newspaper articles were written over several years, and published in the Ironton Tribune in the 1960’s and beyond. You will find many persons, places and businesses mentioned in these stories.  It will bring back many memories, as you read through the history of our county and its beauty.

Welsh History


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