Welcome to the News and News Archive for the Chester-Shade Historical Association. As of May 1st 2007, events that the Chester-Shade Historical Association participates will be recorded here. Parades, special meetings, festivals and special events at the Courthouse will be included. As the number of events grows, this section will become searchable.



Christmas is a beautiful time of year in the Chester Courthouse, it is adorned as it could have been during the 1800's.  An old fashion Christmas theme is carried out each year.  The old courthouse is enhanced throughout with decorations, and a tree decorated in a Williamsburg style. Candles are omitted due to fire hazard. CSHA has been fortunate to have a large Christmas tree each year since 2001. The tree in the picture above is a beautiful 11 ft. fur tree or a long needle spruce, thanks to our special donor.

The first Saturday of December the Eastern Bell Choir presents a Christmas concert. Sunday  is a fun afternoon for young children, with Christmas stories, music, and time to make a Christmas craft, for each child to take home. Refreshments are served each day.

The Chester-Shade Historical Association wishes everyone and Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy year. A visit to the Chester Courthouse is a great way to open your Christmas Season. Plan to attend this December.



Flash movie from the dedication


The attorneys heard oral arguments at the Chester Courthouse May 23, 2008
. It is the first time since June 30, 1841 that an official court proceeding has been held here, according to Steven L. Story.

The appeals court is made up of four judges: Presiding Judge Peter B. Abele of Athens, Administrative Judge William H. Harsha of Chillicothe, Judge Roger L. Kline of Circleville, and Judge Mathew W. McFarland of Portsmouth. The Judges work daily from chambers in their home counties, but hear oral arguments on a traveling basis, as a true circuit court.

The Court directly reviews all cases heard or tried in lower courts in which a decision is being appealed, regardless of the nature of the case. Ohio guarantees the right to an intermediate appeal, unlike other states, including West Virginia, Story said.

Cases argued during the day included civil and crunubak cases from Athens , Gallia,, and Meigs counties. The district is made up of Meigs and 13 Counties: Adams, Athens, Gallia, Highland, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Pickaway, Pike, Ross Scioto, Vinton and Washington.  Judges usually only visit a county to hear arguments if three or more cases are scheduled.  Story said the appeals court has not heard arguments at the Meigs County Courthouse in several years.

Following the official proceedings, the Meigs County Bar Association presented the appeals court and the Chester-Shade Historical Association with plaques commemorating the proceedings.