Celebrating our past, embracing our future.


Martins Ferry enjoys the honor of being the oldest settlement in the state of Ohio, having been settled at least as early as 1779. The community was a westward extension of the city of Wheeling, Virginia (now West Virginia), but, at that time, settlement on the west bank of the Ohio River was not permitted. The town was disbanded a couple of times before finally becoming permanent in 1785. In 1835, Ebenezer Martin, the son of Absalom Martin, one of the city's earliest settlers, redesigned the town with a grid system of streets, much of which survives to this day. It was from this family that Martins Ferry took its name.


The Administration and Council are working hard to make Martins Ferry a better place for all of our citizens to live by creating a community-oriented atmosphere. This is evident with the new playground and ball field project at Fodor Park (a joint project between the City and the Lions Club).


The future of Martins Ferry continues to look bright with new businesses moving in and a new commitment to community development. Citizens are strongly encouraged to become involved in shaping the future of their hometown.

Recent Blog Posts

  • 21Apr

    Election Day is May 5th

    Citizens are urged to make their voices heard by voting on Tuesday May 5th in the Primary Election.  All citizens of Martins Ferry can vote at...
  • 11Apr

    Hydrant Flushing Scheduled

    The Martins Ferry Water Department will be flushing fire hydrants beginning Sunday April 12th through Friday April 17th.  Flushing will take place between 10:00...
  • 4Apr

    City Cleanup Day Set

    Residents beginning their spring cleaning will be happy to hear that City Cleanup Day is set for Saturday April 18th from 8:00 AM to Noon...
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Contact Information

Location Details

35 South 5th Street
Martins Ferry, Ohio 43935

Phone Number:

(740) 633-2876

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