Chester, Ohio

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Location of Chester, Ohio
The Old Meigs County Courthouse and Chester Academy

Chester is an unincorporated community in central Chester Township, Meigs County, Ohio, United States. It lies along the Shade River at the intersection of State Routes 7 and 248.[1] Although it is unincorporated, it has a post office, with the ZIP code of 45720.[2]


Chester was platted in about 1822 as the original seat of Meigs County.[3] The county seat was removed to Pomeroy in 1841.[4] The Old Meigs County Courthouse still stands in Chester and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[5] A post office has been in operation at Chester since 1823.[6]


Public education in the community of Chester is provided by the Eastern Local School District. Campuses serving the community include Eastern Elementary School (Grades K-8) and Eastern High School [1] (Grades 9-12).

Notable people[edit]

Noted American author Ambrose Bierce was born just downstream of Chester in the Shade River valley.


  1. ^ Ohio Atlas & Gazetteer. Yarmouth, Me.: DeLorme. 1991. p. 80. ISBN 0-89933-233-1. 
  2. ^ Zip Code Lookup Archived October 10, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Pickens, Jordan D.; Tribe, Ivan M. (10 March 2014). Meigs County. Arcadia Publishing. p. 7. ISBN 978-1-4671-1134-8. 
  4. ^ "Courthouse Building Restoration". Chester Shade Historical Association. Retrieved 12 December 2015. 
  5. ^ "OHIO - Meigs County". Retrieved 12 December 2015. 
  6. ^ "Meigs County". Jim Forte Postal History. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 12 December 2015. 

Coordinates: 39°05′15″N 81°55′21″W / 39.08750°N 81.92250°W / 39.08750; -81.92250