Carroll County


Jesse Palmer, Carroll County's first settler, moved into the area around 1800. Jacob Gotchall joined him in 1802. Soon after, families from Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland began arriving.

Politician Isaac Atkinson, who holds the title "Father of Carroll County," brought about Carroll County's formation almost single-handedly. In the late 1820s and early 1830s, Atkinson made numerous trips by horseback from his Centreville home to the state legislature in Columbus to lobby for the establishment of a new county. He spent several thousand dollars of his own money contacting and entertaining Ohio's political leaders.

His efforts paid off in December 1832 when Carroll County was formed. In the first local election in 1833, county residents chose Atkinson to be their representative in the Ohio State Legislature.

Business Opportunities

While Carroll County has focused on manufacturing and other, more traditional, industries in the past, plenty of opportunities exist for new and innovative businesses. Small technology firms that could offer support to the more traditional industries would find many advantages in Carroll County.
Business Growth
There has been a slight increase in business starts over the past few years.

Major Employers
American Axle and Manufacturing / Colfor
Carrol Health Care Center Inc.
Carrollton Exempt Village Board of Education
GBS Corp.
Genuine Parts Co / NAPA

Business Potential
Carroll County has a well-established, traditional manufacturing base. Citizens enjoy an excellent quality of life, experience a low crime rate and have a strong work ethic. Small technology based companies would be ideal for this county.

Natural Resources
There is plentiful water in several areas of Carroll County.

Business Organizations and Initiatives
There are two Small Business Development Centers located within the county. The county also has an economic development office and offers incentives.

Carroll County Chamber of Commerce
61 N. Lisbon Street
Carrollton OH 44615
(330) 627-4811

Minerva Area Chamber of Commerce
301 Valley Street
Minerva OH 44657
(330) 868-7979

Carroll County Economic Development
61 N. Lisbon Street
Carrollton OH 44615
(330) 627-5500

East Ohio Development Alliance
326 Highland Avenue
Cambridge OH 43725
(740) 432-7902

Convention Facilities
Atwood Lake Resort and Conference Center can handle groups of up to 400 people.

High-Speed Internet Access
High-speed access is limited and is only available in some areas of Carroll County.

Tourism and Lifestyle

Carroll County is a great place to visit or to live. Atwood and Leesville Lakes are both highly used waterways. The area is great for hunting, and more facilities are continuously being added.
Visitor Services
Carroll County Convention and Visitors Bureau
Amy Rutledge, Director
(877) 727-0103

Top Five Spots to Visit Top Events to Attend
  •   Great Trail Festival
  •   Algonquin Mill Fall Festival
  •   Performances by Carrollton Drama Department
  •   Carroll County Fair
  •   Atwood Area Fall Festival
Historic Spots
  •   McCook House Civil War Museum - Home of the Fighting McCooks of Civil War fame, it houses several displays on the Civil War and local history.
Famous Citizens
  •   Fighting McCooks of Civil War Fame
Carroll County Airport - Tolson Field
(330) 627-5250

Car Rental
Enterprise at Huebner Chevrolet
(330) 627-2137

U-Save Auto Rental
(330) 627-4777

Travel Agents
A&B Travel
901 Overlook Drive
NE Carrollton, OH
(330) 627-3331

Bahamas Vacation Rentals
5250 Citrus Rd.
Malvern, OH
(330) 863-0531

Ships Ahoy Travel
200 W. Lincoln Way
Minerva, OH
(330) 868-0358

Motor Coach Tours
Motor coach tours are available. Please contact the convention and visitors bureau to arrange a tour.

Health Services
Aultman Stat Care
1020 Trump Rd.
Carrollton, OH
(330) 627-0091

Health Clinics
Carroll County Health Department
301 Moody Ave.
Carrollton, OH
(330) 627-4866

County Features
Economic Development
Visitors Bureau
Chamber of Commerce
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Atwood Lake Park
Bluebird Farm
McCook House
Leesville Lake
Minerva Scenic Railway
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