Welcome to Vinton County, Ohio. With a population of just 13,435 (US Census, 2010), Vinton County is one of Ohio’s most rural communities.

The county is over seventy percent wooded and home to a number of public lands and waters for hiking, boating, fishing, hunting and other outdoor pursuits. The county has no cities but is home to some quaint villages that will likely remind you of another time and place, perhaps a time before life got too busy to enjoy living.

Hamden - The village of Hamden is located along St. Rt. 93, just north of the Jackson County line. Conveniently located near Lake Rupert and Lake Alma State Park, there is no shortage of outdoor activity for residents to enjoy.

The town has an active fire department with a new fire station. According to the 2010 census, Hamden’s population is 879.

The Village Council meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Hamden Village Hall.

Hamden Elected Officials

  • Mayor Terry Wiseman 740-384-4082
  • Chuck Boyer, President of Council 740-384-5238
  • Tom Howell 740-988-0449
  • David Cottrill 740-395-6817
  • Angela Caudill 740-384-5144
  • Mike Woodruff 740-384-6486


McArthur - Located in the center of Vinton County, McArthur serves as the county seat. The town is home to the County Courthouse, a grocery store, pharmacy, dollar stores, a fitness center and a newspaper as well as several other businesses. It sits at the intersection of St. Rt. 93 and U.S. 50 and sees much commercial traffic as a result. The town is conveniently located close to several state parks and forests making it easy to break away for a little recreation.

The county’s consolidated high school and junior high school are located in McArthur along with one of the county’s three elementary schools. The Sheriff’s Department, Health Department and EMS station are also located here. An active volunteer fire department serves McArthur and much of the surrounding area. According to the 2010 Census, McArthur’s population is 1,701.

The village council meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall.

  • Village Hall - 740-596-5803
  • Mayor – Steve Hammond
  • Solicitor – Troy Howdyshell
  • Juanita McNickle 740-596-5078
  • David Gill Jr.
  • Dana Peters 740-596-2646
  • JC Mullins
  • Tammy Smith

Wilkesville - Located in the very southern tip of Vinton County, Wilkesville is one of Vinton County’s most special places. This village hosts a number of community events throughout the year and welcomes newcomers. An active volunteer fire department serves Wilkesville and much of the surrounding area. Two of the county’s five covered bridges are located in the Wilkesville area and the town played a role in Confederate General John Hunt Morgan’s raid through southern Ohio. The town is conveniently located just off St. Rt. 32, a four-lane highway that cuts through the county. According to the 2010 Census, the town’s population is 149.

The village council meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. Meetings are held at the Wilkesville Community Center.

Wilkesville Elected Officials

  • Mayor - Mathew Smith 740-507-4432
  • Clerk - Joe White 740-541-3312
  • Council members:
    • Cheryl Matheny 740-508-0183
    • Bonnie White 740-977-3312
    • Susan Meeks 740-818-1052
    • Samantha Mahon 740-918-2366
    • Jerry Mahon 740-918-2366
    • Catherine Bowles 740-339-7201

Zaleski - Located near Lake Hope State Park and in the heart of the Zaleski State Forest, the village of Zaleski is surrounded by beauty. According to the 2010 census the town has just 278 residents. The town is home to a village park, three Indian Mounds and one Quilt Barn, all in the village proper. They also have an active volunteer fire department.

The village council meets at the Town Hall at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month.

  • Mayor Michael Amerine






Vinton County Courthouse & Commissioners Office
100 E. Main St., McArthur, OH 45651

Vinton County Development Department
205 S. Market St., McArthur, OH 45651

Vinton County Convention & Visitors Bureau
P.O. Box 307, 104 W. Main St., McArthur, OH 45651
740-596-5033 | 800-596-4459

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