Bicentennial Celebration

2019 Marks 200 Years for Meigs County Founding

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This year, 2019, marks the 200th anniversary of the founding of Meigs County and as the county looks into our past, it continue to build for the future.

One of the celebration rituals being recognized is the excavation of a time capsule that was buried in 1995 to be exhumed in 2019 in honor of the county bicentennial.

The time capsule was dug up and opened during the bicentennial celebration Saturday, April 27. There were several items from residents who were involved with the project 25-years-ago such as photographs, genealogy records, items from the townships and villages, high school rosters, crafts and a cassette tape.

Meigs County Bicentennial Committee member Randy Smith said he showed the cassette to his children and asked them what it was. He was happy when they answered it had something to do with music.

“Hopefully the items will be on display at the county fair,” Smith said. “All of that stuff will accompany the new stuff in the time capsule when it’s reburied after the sternwheeler festival in late September.”

Smith said the local political parties, township trustees, villages, Junior Fair Board, and 4-H, have submitted things to be placed in the capsule for the next 25 or 50 years.

Meigs County Commissioner Jimmy Will mentioned the improvements in transportation infrastructure. He said it used to take forever to leave the county and now there are four-lane highways in nearly every direction.

“It hasn’t been that long ago, the four-lane wasn’t past Meigs County High School,” Smith said. “Now, there’s a medical campus with room to grow and nobody in their wildest dream would have imagined there would be a helicopter base sitting there.”

Meigs County Historical Society President James Stanley said communication infrastructures such as cellphone service and broadband internet will continue to grow and improve the local businesses and new startups.

The bicentennial celebration will continue through December with at least a strategically placed bicentennial marker being unveiled during a ceremony each month across the county.

If there is an item you would like to see entered into the time capsule, leave us a comment.

Meigs County

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