The State Seal of Ohio

Gay A. Christensen-Dean writes about the state seal of Ohio that was first proposed in 1803.

The official insignia of the state of Ohio, the design of the seal has gone through several revisions and the current seal was adopted in 1996.

In the background is Mount Logan, in Ross County, near Chillicothe, Ohio, Ohio’s first capital. In the foreground is a freshly harvested wheat field, with a wheat bushel on the right portraying Ohio’s importance in agriculture, and 17 arrows on the left, representing Ohio’s Native Americans and the fact that Ohio was the 17th state to join the Union. Between the mountains and the wheat field flows the Scioto River. Shedding light over all of this is the sun, with 13 rays for the 13 original colonies.

Older versions of the seal have had some variations. In the rotunda of the state capitol in Columbus, the seal that was hand-painted in the ceiling is the 1847 design, which includes a canal boat. 

The view of Mount Logan is thought to be the view from Thomas Worthington’s home near Chillicothe. He was a U.S. Senator, and the 6th Governor of Ohio. His home and estate, Adena Mansion and Gardens, is named after the Adena culture that existed in the area 1000-200 B.C. The mansion, completed in 1807, in the Early Federal Style, was designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, who was the architect of the U.S. Capitol under Pres. Jefferson. The Adena Mansion (Adena State Memorial) may be toured, but check ahead for hours of operation: www.adenamansion.com, 1-740-772-1500, 1-800-319-7248. Nearby is Great Seal State Park, which was home to the Shawnee Indians: www.stateparks.com/great_seal.html, 1-740-887-4818.

We hope you enjoy these incredible details featuring the centuries old state seal of Ohio.