MOUNT VERNON, OHIO - AN INNOVATIVE COMMUNITY; AUTHENTICALLY HOMETOWN
Located 40 miles Northeast of Columbus, and located within the ONEColumbus region, Mount Vernon is a town positioned for growth and progress.
The settlement of Mount Vernon was established in 1805 by Joseph Walker, Thomas B. Patterson and Benjamin Butler. The county (Knox) was organized in 1808. The inhabitants were from Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In honor of the general, and President, the community was named after George Washington’s famous home. The town was platted in 1805.
a town in 1845 and a city in 1880.
Mount Vernon grew quickly, having a population of 2,363 people in 1840, becoming a town in 1845. By 1846, the town contained eight churches, thirty-three stores, three newspaper offices, one woolen mill, four gristmills, and five sawmills. In 1880, 5,249 people resided in the newly formed City of Mount Vernon. Four newspaper offices provided news to locals, and the city also contained ten churches and three banks. Numerous manufacturing businesses existed in the town, with C&G Cooper, a sawmill company, being the largest, employing 190 residents. Most businesses provided services of manufactured goods for farmers in the surrounding countryside.
Mount Vernon continued to grow during the twentieth century. During the first several decades of the 1900s, glass production and natural gas extraction were two important industries. Today, Mount Vernon residents work in a wide variety of fields, including in retail positions, manufacturing jobs, and also in various service positions. With a population of 16,956 people, Mount Vernon was Knox County's largest community in 2020.
Mount Vernon has developed into a thriving community. The downtown has been, and continues to be, renovated with the exterior facades rehabilitated and a vigorous effort to maintain and preserve the many older buildings in the area. With a rich history, a waterway and a vibrant downtown, our city is always bustling with activity. Named Ohio's Best Hometown by Ohio Magazine in 2018!