Brown County, Ohio, Flag

Apr 7th, 2018

Brown County Ohio Flag


Brown County, Ohio, is located in southern Ohio along the north bank of the Ohio River. It was created in 1818 from portions of Adams and Clermont Counties. Brown County is named for Major General Jacob Brown, a War of 1812 war hero and Commanding General of the United States Army from 1821 until his death. The county was the boyhood home of Ulysses S. Grant, U.S. President from 1869 to 1877.


In preparation for the 1953 Ohio Sesquicentennial celebration, a flag design contest as held by the Brown County Historical Society. Entries were limited to the fourth-grade students in the county and were judged by Professor Hodge and his art class at Wilmington College. The winning drawing was submitted by Kenneth Brookbank and Jerry McKenzie.


The meanings assigned to the flag design include the following:


*     Brown Field: Brown County and the fertile soil in the area

*     Stalk of Tobacco: The county’s money crop of burley tobacco

*     Yellow Circle: “O” represents Ohio


Tobacco is one of the main crops of the county. For many years, Ripley, in Brown County, was home to the now-retired annual Ohio Tobacco Festival.


The Ohio Veterans Plaza at the Ohio Statehouse features plaques and accompanying flagpoles displaying flags from each of the 88 counties in Ohio. The flags were presented at the Ohio Statehouse in 2005 during the Bicentennial flag dedication ceremonies.


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