Interesting Facts

Ironton had one of the first professional football teams in the United States, called the Ironton Tanks.

Amidst a scenic landscape of hills and valleys in Ohio’s most southern point sits Lawrence County. The county is located along the beautiful Ohio River and is situated in the heart of the Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia tri-state region.

Partly due to its location and partly due do its trained workforce, Lawrence County has become a leader in business and industry, and also offers a superb quality of life. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy boating, camping and hiking.

Cultural activities as well as a full calendar of community events, stimulate the area with diversity. The public schools enjoy a reputation for excellence in both academic and extra-curricular pursuits.

The townships of Washington, Decatur, Symmes, Elizabeth, Aid, Mason, Hamilton, Upper, Lawrence, Windsor, Perry, Fayette, Union and Rome; the villages of Hanging Rock, Coal Grove, South Point, Burlington, Chesapeake, Proctorville and Athalia; and the city of Ironton make up the 455.4 square miles of Lawrence County, Ohio. Ironton serves as the county seat. The total population for the county is 62,900.

The Wayne National Forest is located here and is enjoyed by both tourists and county residents. The national forest offers wonderful nature activities and is home to some of the most interesting relics of the area’s vigorous industrial past. For example, the historical Vesuvius Iron Furnace, built in 1833, is located within the forest. Many lakes can be found here as well.

Lawrence County is a great place to visit, but increasingly, it is becoming a great place to live. The county offers many advantages for both families and industries.