As you scan our pages you will learn in 1795, the Treaty of Greenville was signed ending the Indian threat in this part of Ohio, paving the way for settlement. The first settlers to the area were New Englanders travelling by way of Marietta (Ohio’s first permanent settlement) up the valley of Duck Creek from the Ohio River. Agriculture, livestock and profitable industries-born of the many mineral resources of the area- provided a living for the settlers. Coal, iron ore, building stone, petroleum and salt were plentiful. in 1814, Noble County was the first to strike oil in North America; settlers Silas Thorla and Robert McKee were searching for salt and came up with oil. In 1925, The USS Shenandoah, America’s first lighter-than-air dirigible, crashed in Noble County with debris scattered in three different locations.
The Shenandoah crash sites are on the National Register of Historic Places. Several other sites hold that distinction in Noble County. The Historic Jail Museum, St. Mary’s Church of the Immaculate Conception, established in 1847, St. Henry Roman Catholic Church and Rectory in Harriettsville, and The Ball-Caldwell Historic Homestead, tells the story of our rich Appalachian history. Also of interest is the Baker Glass Museum, featuring one of the finest collections of glassware and antiques in the United States. Noble County is also home to the grave of the last survivor of the Revolutionary War, Private John Gray. Three covered bridges grace the landscape, and The Johnny Appleseed Memorial is located near Dexter City.
As you travel into Noble County, you can’t help but notice the lush landscapes, rolling hills and many country roads. The recreational opportunities in Noble County are second to none. We have some of the best roads in the U.S. to enjoy by car or on your motorcycle. Parks and outdoor activities include Wolf Run State Park, Seneca Lake, and Wayne National Forest. Festivals and other events occur throughout the year, including The Soakum Festival, in October and Art on the Square, in June. Unique shops, antiques, great cafes and diners provide stops along the way.