Crooksville's History

About the Village of Crooksville

About Crooksville

About the Village of Crooksville

Established in 1874 by the U.S. Postal Service at the request of founders Jacob Reed and his partner Joseph Crooks, Crooksville has continued to thrive for the past 126 years. Located off State Rt. 93 in Perry County, the Village has worked diligently over the years to keep the environment friendly for families and business. Their efforts have been rewarded with the 2001 Governor’s Award for Partnership in the Arts, and Tree City Status since 1996.

Sometime  earlier between 1820 and 1825, Jacob Reed, a young and prosperous man from the East struck out looking for a company in which to invest his money and double his fortune. On the way he met his bride, Lydia, and eventually the two of them found the heavily timbered land that is now Crooksville. Mr. Reed negotiated with the federal government for a parcel of land along what we now know as the Moxahala Creek and received a warranty deed signed by President James Monroe. He started his empire with a lumber mill and farm, the sales from which enabled him to purchase more land until he had acquired upward of 300 or 400 acres. In 1856 the railroad passed through the Reed farm on its way between Zanesville and New Lexington. Due to concessions Jacob Reed made to the railroad, a spur was built onto his property for the benefit of the community over which he built a warehouse for his grain and named Reed Station. The local freight train also carried a passenger car and stopped by flag to discharge and receive passengers. During this period, more farms had also cropped up around the Reed properties, most of which had a small kiln for making functional pottery. Because these kilns and the clay for making pottery were normally kept in small, unheated buildings, production could only happen from spring through fall, which spurred the nickname "bluebird potteries". Firing up in spring when the bluebirds returned from their winter migration, and ending when they'd headed south again. The area grew and gained in population creating the need for building materials, dry goods, churches, schools and a host of other creature comforts. In addition to being rich farmland, the area produced deep veins of clay and coal, creating a thriving pottery and coal mining industry.

More About Our History

Crooksville OHIO "The City Of Clay"

Established in 1874


“The Spirit of the American Doughboy”

E.M. Viquesney sculpted this life-size metal statue of a WWI doughboy advancing through “No Man’s Land”, carrying a grenade and a rifle. Beneath is a brick pedestal with a plaque dedicated to the veterans of WWI.

turning clay

How To Find Us

Located in Southeastern Ohio, in Southern Perry County, the Village of Crooksville is home to about 3,000 people. The Village Government is composed of a Mayor, and 6 Council Members. The Village administration offices are located in the Municipal Building at 98 South Buckeye Street.



The Safety Of Our Citizens Matters

The Crooksville Police Department is comprised of three full time Officers and approximately 15 Auxiliary Officers. Our officers are Ohio Peace Officer certified and are continually training to maintain a high degree of preparedness.



Peach's Place Family Restaurant & Pizza

121 E Main St, Crooksville, Ohio

Specialties: breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee and drinks

Services: Delivery, Good For Kids, Take Out, Waiter Service



Tuesday- 6:00AM-9:00PM

Wednesday- 6:00AM-9:00PM

Thursday- 6:00AM- 10:00PM

Friday- 6:00AM- 10:00PM

Saturday- 6:00AM-9:00PM

Sunday: Closed

Ceramics Chill-N-Grill
Yester Years Night Club


B&V's Snack Bar

B & V's Snack Bar

612 S State St, Crooksville, Ohio

We pride ourselves on having the largest outdoor area for entertainment and parties in town. As well as the largest selection of beer and a full menu.

Stop in and Check out our new menu items including our 13 New Wing Sauces! We have the Largest Selection of Beer in town including 6 different brews on tap.



Tuesday- 2:00PM-10:00PM

Wednesday- 2:00PM-10:00PM

Thursday- 2:00PM-12:00AM

Friday- 12:00PM- 1:00AM

Saturday- 12:00PM- 1:00AM

Sunday- 12:00PM- 8:00PM

Curt and Holly's Snack Bar

Checkout Our Facebook

To find out more information about shops in our Village, Events, and more, please visit our Facebook page.


Office Information:

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM