Meigs County


Meigs County is named for Return Jonathan Meigs, military leader and Ohio Governor from 1810 to 1814. His unique name originates from the courtship of his parents. His father, Jonathan Meigs, repeatedly asked his mother, a Quaker woman, for her hand in marriage. She constantly rebuffed him. One day, after suffering several rejections, Meigs mounted his horse to depart for the last time. At that moment she relented and called to him, "Return, Jonathan! Return, Jonathan!" Claiming these were the sweetest words ever spoken, he named their son Return Jonathan Meigs.

Meigs County's open land attracted European settlers from the East. New Englanders of English, Welsh and German origin settled the village of Pomeroy. The Germans were attracted to Pomeroy because of its similarity to their homeland along the Rhine River. They established coal mines, salt works, foundries, breweries and a pipe organ factory.

Business Opportunities

"If you've got the work, we've got the force," sums up Meigs County nicely. The county boasts a large number of workers just waiting to put their skills to good use. Meigs County also offers an industrial park, proximity to interstate and Ohio River transportation, a very low crime rate, affordable real estate and direct access to West Virginia and Kentucky markets.
Business Growth
Meigs has seen an acceleration of business starts in recent years.

Major Employers
Eastern Local Board of Education
Extendicare / Rocksprings Rehab Center
Facemeyer Lumber
Meigs County Government
Meigs Local Board of Education
Overbrook Center
Southern Local Board of Education
Veterans Memorial Hospital

Business Potential
With ample land, resources, workforce training assets, educational partnerships and a flexible, cooperative economic development environment, Meigs County could support many different types of businesses, from technology to light manufacturing and more.

Natural Resources
Bordering the Ohio River, Meigs County has an excellent conduit for trade and a handy recreational asset.

Educational Resources Business Organizations and Initiatives
The Meigs County Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) promotes the growth and success of the Meigs County business community. An active Chamber of Commerce also exists in the county.

Meigs County Chamber of Commerce
238 W. Main Street
Pomeroy OH 45769
(740) 992-5005

Meigs County Economic Development
238 W. Main Street
Pomeroy OH 45769
(740) 992-3034

Convention Facilities
The Carpenter Inn, situated on 250 acres of rolling hills at the highest point in Meigs County, has room for small conventions, with seating for 150 guests. A restaurant on site also makes the facility ideal for business and social occasions. The charming inn and surrounding cottages accommodate 41 people for overnight stays.

High-Speed Internet Access
Broadband services including Wireless, DSL and Cable are available in various parts of the county.

Tourism and Lifestyle

Visitors can get a taste of the past in the beautiful surroundings of Meigs County. They can enjoy recreation along the Ohio River or at Forked Run State Park, ride horses at Lone Oak Farms, shop at the many antique and craft shops, or visit the oldest courthouse in Ohio.

Top Five Spots to Visit
  • Green House District
  • Chester Court House
  • Herb Sanctuary
  • Fur Peace Ranch
  • Locks and Dams
Top Events to Attend
  • Gold Wings and Ribs Festival
  • Sternwheel Riverfest
  • Big Bend Blues Bash
  • Lunch at Chester Court House
  • Historic Walking Tour of Pomeroy with shopping
  • Green House Tour
  • Ohio River Bear Co.
  • Herb Sanctuary and Tea Party
Airports There are no airports in Meigs County, but residents frequently use:
  • Gallia-Meigs Regional Airport, with a 3998-foot runway
  • Port Columbus International Airport
  • Yaeger Airport, Charleston, W.Va.
Visitor Services
Meigs County CVB
238 West Main Street
Pomeroy, OH 45701
(740) 992-2239

Health Services
Holzer Medical Center
100 Jackson Pike
Gallipolis, OH 45631
(740) 446-5000

Health Clinics
Holzer Meigs Clinic
88 East Memorial Dr
Pomeroy, OH 45769
(740) 992-0060

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Visitors Bureau
Chamber of Commerce
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Forked Run State Park
Chester Courthouse
Fur Peace Ranch
Pomeroy Amphitheater
National Center for the Preservation of Medicinal Herbs
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