Wood County was organized on February 12, 1820, when the
legislature carved 14 counties from the lands purchased from the Wyandot,
Seneca, Delaware, Shawnee, Potawatomi, Ottawa, and Chippewa tribes as a
result of the
Lower Maumee Treaty of
September 28, 1817.
In May 1822, the Commissioners designated Perrysburg as the first
County Seat. It remained so until 1868 when the Seat of Justice was
moved to Bowling Green
was then a part of Wood County and Maumee was named by law as
the temporary Seat of Justice. The Act further provided that the
unorganized counties of Hancock, Henry, Putnam, Paulding, and Williams
should be attached to Wood County for civil purposes until further
provisions were made by law.
The County lines were the same as
now, except that the northern boundary extended to Michigan. In
1835, Wood County was dismembered when Lucas County was formed and the
Maumee River became its northern boundary.
Wood County was named for
Colonel Eleazor D.
Wood, a graduate of West Point, a gallant soldier, and the engineer
Out of the Great Black Swamp of yesterday emerged a well drained, rich,
fertile, and productive county.
Wood County has nineteen
villages and five
Visit the Wood County
Center and Museum to learn more information about Wood County and