St. Clairsville

St. Clairsville is a city in and the county seat of Belmont County. The seat of justice of Belmont County was originally known as Newellstown, and nicknamed “Paradise on the Hill”. The Official Belmont County Seal, designed by county native Michael A. Massa, features 13 stars, denoting that the county was the 13th parcel to have originally been incorporated into what was the US Northwest Territory.


Total: 2.44 square miles (6.32 km2)

Land: 2.42 square miles (6.27 km2)

Water: 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2)


1,273 ft. (388 m)



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Fun Facts

  • John Ferren was a photographer for St. Clairsville and founder of Ferren Studios, the oldest business in town that is still operating.

  • Benjamin Lundy was an abolitionist who formed an anti-slavery organization called the Union Humane Society. He claimed to have traveled 5,000 miles on foot and 20,000 other ways distributing his publications.

  • Thomas Carr was the only man to be publicly hanged in the county. He was executed in 1870 for the murder of Luisa Fox. She was just 13 years old. He was hanged on the grounds of the old courthouse.