Clermont County, Ohio, Flag

Apr 13th, 2018



Clermont County was formed in December 1800 and is comprised of 460 square miles. It is located in the Southwest region of Ohio in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and borders the State of Kentucky. Clermont literally means clear mount (meaning mountain) in French. The county was named after the Clermont Province in France. County officials chose the city of Batavia as its county seat.


In 2002, Clermont County held a county flag design contest in response to a request for a flag for the 2003 Ohio bicentennial celebrations. County commissioners opened the contest to Clermont County citizens. It was hoped that, in addition to having a flag to distinguish Clermont from other counties, it would promote pride from are residents. Melanie Gilliam, a graphic artist from the area, submitted the winning entry.


Gilliam assigned the following meanings to the flag design:


*     Letter “C”: Growth, the promise of the county’s future, and its waves and colors represent its location close to the Ohio River

*     Stars: The 14 golden stars represent the townships in the county and their unified working relationship with the county


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


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