Licking County, Ohio has evolved over its 200-year history, with beginnings as a small agricultural community. While it still maintains its agricultural roots, Licking County has experienced much growth over recent years and is now teeming with fantastic entertainment, cultural and recreational venues and spaces, along with exceptional educational institutions, medical resources and centers of employment.
Thousands of years before the first Europeans arrived in today’s Licking County, Native American Indian tribes inhabited the area. The most distinguished of these groups is the Hopewell Indians, who left their mark in the county’s 2,000-year-old earthworks sites. While Europeans razed much of these earthworks, remnants still remain in certain areas of the county.
Licking County, which received its name from Licking River (which, in turn, was named for the salt slicks located in the southern portion of the area), was created on March 1, 1808. Newark was designated as the newly formed county’s seat of government. The county remains dedicated to maintaining its historic essence and recently celebrated its Bicentennial in 2008.