Licking County Library Local History page.
Licking County is located near the geographical center of Ohio. Its history dates back approximately 14,000 years when Paleoindians first inhabited the region. Around 200 B.C., the Hopewell people began to build elaborate earthworks here. The first permanent European settlers, Elias Hughes and John Ratliff, arrived in 1798. Licking County was officially formed in 1808 and the county became incorporated under the State of Ohio in 1833, with Newark as its county seat. The estimated population in 2020 was 178,519.
The information on the following pages is a project of the Licking County Library's Adult Services and Outreach and Programming Services Departments. All information contained within, as well as much more, can be found in the Local History Vertical Files, Ohio Reference, Research Databases and Digital Collections at the Main Library.
The Licking County Library is making a number of volumes pertinent to local history available digitally. Follow the link above to the collection of digital volumes. The Library is also excited to now offer the Licking County Licking County Library Digital Collection through Ohio History Connection's Ohio Memory Database! We are currently adding new photographs, postcards, and other material from our Local History Collection to this free-to-access platform, so check back often for newly added materials.
Topics of Interest
|Licking County Historical Timeline|