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Barnesville, Ohio
King Pumpkin of the Barnesville Pumpkin Festival in 2008
King Pumpkin of the Barnesville Pumpkin Festival in 2008
"Where History Meets Progress"
Location of Barnesville, Ohio
Location of Barnesville, Ohio
Location of Barnesville in Belmont County
Location of Barnesville in Belmont County
Country United States
State Ohio
County Belmont
Established November 8th 1808
 • Total 1.96 sq mi (5.06 km2)
 • Land 1.94 sq mi (5.03 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
1,270 ft (387 m)
 • Total 4,193
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,057.64/sq mi (794.39/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 740
FIPS code 39-03926
GNIS feature ID 1064381
Website Barnesville Ohio

Barnesville is a village in Belmont County, Ohio, United States. It is located in the central portion of Warren Township in Belmont County and is part of the Wheeling, West Virginia Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 4,193 at the 2010 census.


The town was named after James Barnes, who was the first settler. Barnes was born in Montgomery County, Maryland and was married to Nancy Harrison, described as "an intelligent Quaker lady." Barnes owned a farm in Montgomery County, and later laid out a town there, also known as Barnesville, Maryland, where he operated a country store for a time.

In 1803, he moved to Ohio, settling first in St. Clairsville, where he operated a tavern and general store. In 1806 Barnes settled in Warren Township, Belmont County and cleared away the forest and built a house, established a tannery and general store and planted orchards. In November 1808, the town of Barnesville was laid out, and four years later Mr. Barnes and his family became permanent residents of the new village. Barnesville was described in 1833 as having six stores and a steam mill.

Barnesville was incorporated as a village in 1835.


Barnesville is located at 39°59′17″N 81°10′32″W / 39.988129°N 81.175483°W / 39.988129; -81.175483.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.95 square miles (5.05 km2), of which, 1.94 square miles (5.02 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 291
1830 408 40.2%
1840 700 71.6%
1850 823 17.6%
1860 1,157 40.6%
1870 2,063 78.3%
1880 2,435 18.0%
1890 3,207 31.7%
1900 3,721 16.0%
1910 4,233 13.8%
1920 4,865 14.9%
1930 4,602 −5.4%
1940 5,002 8.7%
1950 4,665 −6.7%
1960 4,425 −5.1%
1970 4,292 −3.0%
1980 4,633 7.9%
1990 4,326 −6.6%
2000 4,225 −2.3%
2010 4,193 −0.8%
Est. 2019 3,998 −4.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 4,193 people, 1,763 households, and 1,114 families living in the village. The population density was 2,161.3 inhabitants per square mile (834.5/km2). There were 2,011 housing units at an average density of 1,036.6 per square mile (400.2/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.0% White, 0.9% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.3% Asian, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.6% of the population.

There were 1,763 households, of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.4% were married couples living together, 15.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.8% were non-families. 32.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.82.

The median age in the village was 41.4 years. 21.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.9% were from 25 to 44; 25.5% were from 45 to 64; and 20.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 46.2% male and 53.8% female.

Art and Culture

The Belmont County Victorian Mansion Museum is located in Barnesville. The museum includes twenty-six rooms restored to the Victorian era.

The village is the host of the Barnesville Pumpkin Festival every September, attracting tourists from the area.



The village of Barnesville is served by the Barnesville Exempted Village School District. The village's schools saw a renovation in 2002 to improve and expand classroom learning and appearances.

There are three main schools in the village: Barnesville Elementary School, Barnesville Middle School, and Barnesville High School.

Also located in the village is Olney Friends School, a small co-educational boarding high school affiliated with the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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