Remarkable Ohio


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ALERT: The marker number was inadvertently transposed to read 53-18. It will be corrected to 18-53 when possible.

18-53 Meigs County Fairgrounds

Side A: Situated in an agriculturally rich area, county fairs have long been a significant tradition and event in Meigs County. The Meigs County Agricultural Society held its first fair on October 22, 1851, in Middleport and its second at the Rock-Spring Hotel on October 31, 1852. Subsequent fairs occurred around the county until March 14, 1868, when the first section of a permanent location was purchased from Leonard and Jane Carleton near Rock Springs and became known as the Meigs County Fairgrounds. A popular place, the nearby natural springs, exemplified by the historic stone-carved springhouse, once supplied water to the grounds and community. Improvements to the fairgrounds included expanding the one-third mile racetrack to a half-mile in 1889, constructing the unique curved grandstand in 1890, and reconstructing the 1829 Foster-Jenkinson log cabin on the grounds in 1987. A single barrack from the Civilian Conservation Corps camp of the 1930s remains in use.
Side B: Same
Sponsors: The Meigs County Historical Society, Ohio Hill Country Heritage Area, and The Ohio Historical Society
Address: Meigs County Fairgrounds, 
Location: Next to log cabin along the Fairgrounds Rd/County Road 51A side. Fairground gates may be locked.
Latitude: 39.0599380
Longitude: -82.0134830