About Circleville

Facts Of Circleville

  • - Year Founded: 1810
  • - Population: 13,927 (2020 Census)
  • - Type of Government: Mayor/Council

Interesting History Facts

– Ted Lewis, a vaudeville performer who was well known for his top hat, cane, and clarinet and who sang “Me and My Shadow”, was born and raised in Circleville. There is a Ted Lewis Museum that exhibits his memorabilia.

– Caleb Atwater, the “Father of Ohio’s Public School System”, lived in Circleville for many years.


Why Circleville?

In January of 1810, the Ohio Legislature erected the County of Pickaway. On February 19, the legislature appointed three prominent citizens, David Bradford, George Jackson, and John Pollack, as commissioners to select a suitable county seat. For reasons lost to time, they decided on a densely wooded area of a Mound builder’s ancient fortification. The fortification was a circle and its adjacent square and the town were laid out around the center of the circle. An octagonal courthouse was built in the center of the circle and 8 streets radiated out from this area. By the late 1830s, the town had quickly outgrown the original boundary, and plans were made to square the town, which was completed in the 1860s.

Parks & Recreation

City Parks

Park Rules & Regulations
Shelter House Reservations

To check shelter rental date availability, call the Parks & Recreation Department at 740-474-9502. All fees must be paid at the time you complete the reservation form.

  • Reservations can be made at Reserve A Shelter
  • Parks and Recreation Department
  • 104 E. Franklin St
  • Circleville, OH 43113
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