Vinton County, Ohio, Flag

Sep 21st, 2018



Vinton County is located in the mid-south region of Ohio and consists of 415 square miles. It was founded in 1850 and the village of McArthur was chosen as the county seat. Vinton County was named for Samuel Finley Vinton. He was a United States Representative from Ohio during the early 1800s and is known as the “Father of the Department of Interior”.


Nothing is known about how the Vinton County flag was chosen or about the flag’s designer. Its shape is called a swallowtail burgee, the same as the State of Ohio. Although not much is known about its origins, it is a unique county flag.


The meanings assigned to the design can only be speculated. It would appear that the large outline is the State of Ohio, and the smaller outline represents Vinton County. Unlike other Ohio County flags that use stars or other images to represent their townships, the number of stars or the number of stripes on Vinton County’s flag does not appear to do so. The year 1850 on the flag is the year that the county was founded.


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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