Wayne County Court House

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Current Contact Information
Address 107 W Liberty St
City, State, Zip Wooster, Ohio 44691
Last updated 2021-01

Wayne County Court House
Type Justice / Police order / and Safety / Police order / and Safety
Industry Public Administration
Fate Active
Headquarters Wooster, Ohio, United States
Number of locations 107 W. Liberty St., Wooster, Ohio
Wayne County Court House
General information
Type Court House
Town or city Wooster, Ohio
Country United States
Completed 1819, 1831, 1878
Destroyed 2nd court house torn down


City Directories

  • 1919 - Wooster City Directory "107 W. Liberty St., 125 p.

Comprehensive History

2ndWaCoCourthouse.jpg 1878WaCoCourthouse-ProposedDrawing.jpg WaCoCourthouseGlassPlateImg.jpg

The history of the Wayne County Courthouse can be broken down into three different eras, as there were three different buildings that stood on the courthouse site. You can get more detailed histories of each building's era by following the links below:

  • Wayne County Courthouse (1878-Present) - Third courthouse built in 1878, is still standing on the NW corner of W. Liberty and N. Market streets on the Public Square of downtown Wooster, Ohio.


  • 1819 - The first court house was built in 1819.
  • 1829 - First courthouse was destroyed by fire.
  • 1830-1831 - Second courthouse was built.
  • 1856 - A county-wide vote to replace the 2nd courthouse was defeated.
  • 1878 - The 2nd courthouse was condemned and deemed unsafe for use and was demolished.
  • 1878 - The third court house was built in 1878.
  • 1919 - Court house built.
  • 1949 - Approx. Fire.
  • 1969 - May 20, Fire.
  • 1973 - Registered on the National Register of Historic Places as the Wayne County Courthouse District (#73001551).
  • 1976 - Registered as a Category:Wayne County Historical Landmark by the Wayne County Historical Society of Ohio.
  • 1978 - Boundary of the historic places district is expanded as Wooster Public Square Historic District (Boundary Increase) (#78002213).
  • 2015 - Restoration and preservation of the external structure and ornaments of the building.


First Court House (1818-1829)

Second Court House (1831-1878)

Third Court House (1878-Present)

Business Letterheads


Newspaper articles

Newspaper full-text articles related to Second Court House (1831-1878)

Newspaper full-text articles related to Third Court House (1878-Present)

Newspaper citations with no attached images related to Third Court House (1878-Present)


  1. Wooster Weekly Republican, 1878-APR-11 p.3
  2. Wooster Weekly Republican, 1878-APR-11 p.3
  3. Wooster Weekly Republican, 1878-APR-11 p.3
  4. Wooster Weekly Republican, 1878-APR-11 p.3
  5. Wayne County Democrat, 1878-NOV-06 p.3
  6. Wayne County Democrat, 1878-DEC-18 p.3
  7. Wayne County Democrat, 1879-MAR-06 p.3
  8. Wooster Daily Republican. Wooster, Ohio, 1917-02-07, p. 2
  9. Wooster Republican. Wooster, Ohio, 1918-07-02, p. 6.

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