Metzger in Ross County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Great Seal of the State of Ohio
The hills before you were inspiration for the design of The Great Seal of the State of Ohio. The seal, first depicted in 1803, was often reconfigured until the present image was sanctioned by the Ohio General Assembly in 1967 and modified in 1996. In 1803 the law prescribed the sheaf of wheat to represent Ohio's agricultural roots and the bundle of seventeen arrows to symbolize Ohio's place as the seventeenth state in the Union. In the background is a range of hills, including Mount Logan, as viewed from Thomas Worthington's estate, Adena, now a state memorial.
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The sun's thirteen rays represent the thirteen original colonies. The Scioto River flows between the hills and the cultivated fields in the foreground.
Tradition attributes the design to the cooperative vision of Thomas Worthington, the first U.S. Senator and "Father of Ohio Statehood," Edward Tiffin, Ohio's first governor, and William Creighton, Ohio's first secretary of state. After an all-night meeting at Adena, they viewed the sun rising over Mount Logan and chose the scene for the state seal. Much of the land illustrated in the Great Seal of the State of Ohio now comprises Great Seal State Park.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 39° 23.8′ N, 82° 56.314′ W. Marker is in Metzger, Ohio, in Ross County. Touch for map. Marker is in the picnic area of Great Seal State Park, about 0.8 miles east using the park campground entrance off Marietta Road (County Road 235), which is about 0.8 miles SW of the intersection of Marietta Road and Delano Road (Township Road 235N). Marker is in this post office area: Chillicothe OH 45601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mica Splendor (approx. 3.9 miles away); Effigy Pipes (approx. 3.9 miles away); A Scared Purpose (approx. 3.9 miles away); A Flourishing Culture (approx. 3.9 miles away); Ancient Monuments (approx. 3.9 miles away); Gateposts from the Northern Entrance to Camp Sherman (approx. 4 miles away); Camp Sherman Memorial Park (approx. 4.4 miles away); Camp Sherman (approx. 4.4 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Great Seal State Park. (Submitted on March 15, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Ohio's State Seal. (Submitted on March 15, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Adena Mansion and Gardens. (Submitted on March 15, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 23, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 15, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,361 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 15, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.