Lawrence County


Lawrence County is named for Capt. James Lawrence, commander of the frigate Chesapeake during the War of 1812. Founded Dec. 20, 1816, the county was once part of Washington County, which extended from the Scioto River to the Pennsylvania line.

The county 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. Because of these bridges, metropolitan Ashland, Kentucky and Huntington, West Virginia, are just minutes away from virtually anywhere in the county.

Business Opportunities

Business Growth and Potential
Empowerment Zone designation for the Lawrence County-Huntington West Virginia area is expected to bring $100 million in federal funding, over the next decade. To facilitate job creation, a 504 acre industrial park with reliable and affordable energy, rail, and river access, as well as highway access, is now in the first stage of development. In addition, airports are located within 15 miles of the planned industrial park.

Major Employers
Emerson Electric / Liebert Corp.
Ironton City Board of Education
Lawrence County JVS
Liebert Corporation
McGinnis Inc.
Ohio University
Rock Hill Local Board of Education
South Point Local Board of Education
Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Business Support Organizations
Greater Lawrence County Area Chamber of Commerce
Lawrence Economic Development Corporation
216 Collins Ave., P.O. Box 488
South Point OH 45680-0488
(740) 377-4550

City of Ironton - Office of Economic Development
301 S. 3rd Street
Ironton OH 45638
(740) 533-6096

Educational Opportunities

Ohio University Southern Campus (OUSC) in Ironton offers 11 associate and 10 bachelor's degrees and has a distance learning program linked to the main OU campus in Athens. The Collins Career Center has designed more than 40 programs of study to help young people and adults excel in the workplace. The Department of Job and Family Services provides job placement and support services for all clients and assists employers in finding qualified applicants.

Tourism and Lifestyle

Recreation and Attractions
Ohio River
Wayne National Forest
Lake Vesuvius
Dean State Park
City of Ironton Floodwall Murals

Entertainment and Festivals
Lawrence County Fair
Bluegrass Festival
Festival of the Hills
Old Timer's Days
Christmas Homes Tour

Visitor Information

Convention & Visitors Bureau:
Greater Lawrence County Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Viviane Khounlavong, Director
P.O. Box 488
South Point OH 45680
(740) 377-4550

Lawrence County Airpark serves Chesapeake, Ohio/Huntington, West Virginia and Lawrence County and is owned by Lawrence County Board of Commissioners. Located about two miles from Chesapeake, the facility has a paved runway extending for 3,001 feet.

Tri-State/Milton J. Ferguson Field Airport serves Huntington and Wayne County and is owned by Tri-State Airport Authority. The airport has more than one runway, the longest being a paved runway extending 6,509 feet. The facility is located about 3 miles from Huntington.

CAO Family Medical Centers of Ironton and Lawrence County
Ironton - (740) 532-2282
Chesapeake - (740) 867-6687
South Point - (740) 377-2712
Kemp - (740) 532-3048

County Features
Economic Development
Visitors Bureau
Chamber of Commerce
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John Campbell House
Floodwall Murals
Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area
Johns Creek Horseback Trail
Hanging Rock Recreation Area
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