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February 10, 1807
Land Area and Ohio County Rank:
702.7 square miles
1 of 88
Acres of Designated Coastal Management
Area (more info)
Total: 416,916 acres
Land: 5,293 acres
Island: 0 acres
Water: 411,623 acres
Miles of Coast:
Miles of Publicly Accessible Coast:
Village of Jefferson
Native American word meaning “river of many fish”
Arcola Creek (Friends of Arcola Creek, Inc.)
Grand River (Grand River Partners, Inc.)
A brief history: Ashtabula County was formed on February 10, 1807, in Ohio’s portion of the Connecticut Western Reserve. The original survey party, which first landed in the area of present-day Conneaut in 1796, was led by General Moses Cleaveland. Prior to Cleaveland’s survey party traveling west to the area that would become the city named in his honor, one of Cleaveland’s traveling companions, James Kingsbury and his family of five, remained behind in what would become Ashtabula County.
Ohio’s largest county, Ashtabula’s name is from an Iroquois word meaning “river of many fish.” The land area covers almost 703 square miles; the southeastern corner lies outside of the Lake Erie Watershed.
Ashtabula County is overwhelmingly rural, but most residents earn their living by working in manufacturing, sales or service positions. Many people work in the shipping industry, transferring coal, iron ore and steel across the Great Lakes. Grapes are a popular crop owing to the favorable microclimate created by the lake; more than a dozen wineries are located in the county. During winter, Ashtabula County receives frequent and abundant lake effect snow and is part of the Southeastern Lake Erie Snowbelt.
In recent years, the county has experienced a small decline in population. The county seat is Jefferson; the largest is the coastal city of Ashtabula. Known for its abundance and variety of covered bridges, the county boasts more than any other Ohio county and is home to the longest covered bridge in the United States.
Learn more: Ashtabula County
Ashtabula Area Chamber of Commerce
Ashtabula County Covered
Ashtabula County Visitors
City of Ashtabula
City of Conneaut
Conneaut Port Authority
Geneva Area Chamber
Village of North Kingsville