Henry County, Ohio, Flag

Jun 10th, 2018



Henry County if located in the Northwest region of Ohio and consists of 420 square miles. It was created in 1820 and organized in 1834. The county seat is located in the city of Napoleon. Henry County was named for Patrick Henry. He became famous for his declaration “Give me liberty or give me death!” at the Second Virginia Convention in 1775.


In preparation for the Ohio Bicentennial celebration, Henry County held a flag design contest. Approximately 180 designs were submitted by area residents. The entries were judged by Henry County Historical Society and Henry County Arts Council representatives. The winning entry was submitted by Elliot Geno, a Defiance College student. Because the flag was to be used at the Ohio Bicentennial celebrations, Geno decided to use the same shape, a burgee, as the state of Ohio flag.


The meanings assigned to the design include the following:


*     1820: The year the county was formed

*     Blue: The Maumee River

*     Lady Justice: The statue on top of the county courthouse

*     Rope: The canal along the Maumee River

*     Wheat: Agriculture

*     White Stars (13 Total): The townships in 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 2003 during the Bicentennial flag dedication ceremonies and are now displayed annually.


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