Original Ashland County Courthouse 1

On May 16, 1884, George Horn, 24, and William Gribben, 28, were hanged on the lawn between the courthouse and jail for the murder of Henry Williams. This became the last public hanging in the State of Ohio.

ASHLAND -- Ashland’s original courthouse was used for 75 years after being opened in 1853 at a cost of $20,000.

In those days, there was always a courtroom full of spectators whether the case involved a murder or a divorce. If you couldn’t attend in person, local newspapers who covered the legal trials and tribulations of Ashland County.