Madison County is home to one city, five villages and fourteen townships.
Lake Choctaw, located just north of London, Ohio is its own, census-designated place within the County.
Each community has something unique to offer businesses, residents and visitors. For information about our four largest communities, please use the tabs on the left of the page. For more information about our communities, please follow the links below.
Visit Plain City and enjoy one of the largest collection of Amish shops in the region.
Plain City is conveniently located at the juncture of Rt. 161 and Rt. 42, just 10 minutes from the city of Dublin, and 15 minutes from Marysville.
The Village lies in what is known as the Virginia Military District. Jonathan Alder, who spent his boyhood with the Indians near Zanesfield in Logan County, lived in a number of places along Big Darby, several of which were in the vicinity of Plain City. One of his cabin sights was along the creek east of the present North Avenue. After having moved several times from lands claimed by the first settlers, Alder finally gained title to land south of Plain City on Chillicothe Road where his cabin stood for many years.
During the 1850’s, when cries of slavery and abolition were rampant over the nation, Plain City, which was formerly called Pleasant Valley, was an important station on the Underground Railroad, which shuttled slaves northward to Canada. Some of the newly freed people remained here and their descendants still live in the community.
On a cool April night in 1865, the funeral train of Abraham Lincoln passed through Pleasant Valley on its slow journey to Chicago. Townspeople lit bonfires along the track in a silent tribute to the dead president.
The Village of Plain City, with its friendly Midwestern charm, excellent schools, and a strong sense of community, is a great small town.
Stop by London during one of its great festivals!
London, Madison County's seat and largest community, was established in 1811 by Patrick McLene on land owned by John Murfin.
The county courthouse in downtown London was built in 1890. The Second Empire-style courthouse features a prominent clock tower, mansard roof and arched windows.
Today, London is home to nearly 10,000 residents and has become an attractive community serving a very large region.
London is also home to incredible attractions such as:
- One of the largest kit car shows in the country, the London Cobra Show;London Car Show
- London's famous Olde Fashioned Christmas;
- A working state fish hatchery;
- Ohio's own version of CSI, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation;
- One of the nation's top rated peace officer training academies;
- The London Strawberry Festival;
- The London Rib and Jazz Fest;
- London Farmer's Market;
- The Madison County Fair;
- The OSU Molly Caren Center, home to the nation's largest agricultural trade show, the Farm Science Review; and
- A wiffle ball tournament that draws thousands
- Nike Advertising Campaign Featuring London, Ohio
In 2012, London, Ohio was featured as part of a worldwide Nike advertising campaign in conjunction with the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. Nike Inc. launched its “Find Your Greatness” campaign, the centerpiece of which was a 60-second motivational piece that includes footage taken in London, Ohio, and in other Londons around the globe. The film opens with a shot of the London, Ohio, water tower and later includes wrestling scenes shot in the London High School gymnasium and an exterior shot of the London Fire Department.
The YouTube video went viral, with nearly 5 million views online, and appeared on TV in 25 countries during the Olympics in London, England.
The Village of West Jefferson is Madison County's fastest growing industrial community with its State Route 29 Logistics Corridor.
Home to nearly 5,000 residents, it has access to 2 million people within 30 miles. With immediate access to Interstate 70, US Route 42 and US Route 40, it is only 8 miles to Hilliard and 12 miles to Columbus. In addition to the many distribution centers in the community (e.g. Mars Petcare, Target, Restoration Hardware, Bon-Ton), it is also home to Battelle, the world's largest not-for-profit research & development organization. The Toagosei America (Krazy Glue) manfuacturing facility has also called West Jefferson "home" since 1994.
The community's downtown district lies along US 40, and the village is served by the Jefferson local school district. The community offers incentives for development, including Community Reinvestment Areas, Enterprise Zones and Tax Incentive Financing Districts. West Jefferson is the perfect home for Distribution Centers, Light Manufacturers, Research and Development Companies, Professional Offices. multi-use Developments, retail and restaurants.
Welcome to Mt. Sterling, Ohio! .
Mt. Sterling was one of the earliest settlements in the county because of its close proximity to the previously settled counties of Fayette, Pickaway and Franklin.
James and William Hewey and David Martin first settled Pleasant Township and built cabins on the banks of Deer Creek in 1797, five years before Ohio became a state. Later, Mt. Sterling, Kentucky resident John J. Smith purchased the land where the village now stands.
In 1828, Smith surveyed and mapped the town and named it after his hometown of Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. The town was plotted on June 26, 1829 and later incorporated on March 12, 1845.
Mt. Sterling is home to Republican U.S. Senator John William Bricker who served from 1947 to 1959.
Mt. Sterling Attractions:
- Deer Creek Lodge & Conference Center
- Numerous Antique & Primitive Shops
- Good ‘Ole Days Festival
- Pioneer Days Festival
- Fourth of July Celebration