Symmes Township, Lawrence County, Ohio

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Symmes Township, Lawrence County, Ohio
Municipalities and townships of Lawrence County
Municipalities and townships of Lawrence County
Coordinates: 38°43′33″N 82°30′29″W / 38.72583°N 82.50806°W / 38.72583; -82.50806
Country United States
State Ohio
County Lawrence
 • Total 37.8 sq mi (97.8 km2)
 • Land 37.7 sq mi (97.8 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation[1] 814 ft (248 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 470
 • Density 12.5/sq mi (4.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 39-76031[2]
GNIS feature ID 1086447[1]

Coordinates: 38°44′N 82°32′W / 38.733°N 82.533°W / 38.733; -82.533 Symmes Township is one of the fourteen townships of Lawrence County, Ohio, United States. The 2000 census found 470 people in the township.[3]


Located in the northern part of the county, it borders the following townships:

No municipalities are located in Symmes Township, although the unincorporated community of Waterloo is located in the southeastern part of the township.

Name and history[edit]

Symmes Township was named after John Cleves Symmes, as was Symmes Creek of this township.[4] Statewide, the only other Symmes Township is located in Hamilton County.

The first settlers organized Symmes Township and built cabins in the township in 1820. The first settlement was at the mouth of John's Creek with the next being on Buffalo Creek at Yates Fork (now Caulley Creek).[5] The first school was held in the cabin of Andrew Burke on John's Creek in 1834. There were a total of 12 students from 3 different townships.

In 1989, the federal government owned of 61% of Symmes Township.[6]


The township is governed by a three-member board of trustees, who are elected in November of odd-numbered years to a four-year term beginning on the following January 1. Two are elected in the year after the presidential election and one is elected in the year before it. There is also an elected township fiscal officer,[7] who serves a four-year term beginning on April 1 of the year after the election, which is held in November of the year before the presidential election. Vacancies in the fiscal officership or on the board of trustees are filled by the remaining trustees.


The vast majority of K-12 educational services are provided to Symmes Township by the Symmes Valley Local School District, although parts of the township receive services from the Rock Hill Local School District, which also offers Pre-K education.


External links[edit]