Old Perry County Courthouse109 Public Square
Somerset, OH 43783
740-743-2523 | https://www.somersetohio.org
Oldest Courthouse in Ohio
Located in Somerset, the Old Perry County Courthouse is one of the oldest courthouses in Ohio, built in the late 1820s
Located in Somerset, Ohio, the Old Perry County Courthouse is one of the oldest courthouses in Ohio, built in the late 1820s. The site experienced a fair share of controversy in its early years, as Somerset and New Lexington engaged in a heated battle to become the official county seat. In 1859, New Lexington won that honor, but the Federalist style courthouse remains as the focal point of the Somerset Historic District. One notable feature of the courthouse is the inscription above the main entrance which reads, "Let Justice be done. If the Heavens should fall." While there have been many theories regarding the origin of the inscription, from a stone mason’s mistake to revenge by a disgruntled German resident, the exact meaning remains a mystery. The Old Perry County Courthouse is considered to be the oldest building in continuous use in the state of Ohio.Read More
Notes for Travelers
Travelers should note that this site is currently functioning as the Village Offices for Somerset, Ohio. Visitors should take care to follow all rules and not interfere with village operations while inside the building.