Help Save our Historical Jail.
Image by Drew Farwell

Friends of Clarksville is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit org.


We most recently completed work on the Clarksville Community Park with the help and commitment of the community. We were able to secure grants from Clinton County Foundation to help fulfill that mission.  It is our mission to Build our Community, Restore Hope and Grow our Future. 


Restoring the jail house is in keeping with this mission and we know that this can be accomplished.  We've seen it, we've lived it and the Clarksville Community has truly shown what a powerhouse of support they can be, and I know that we can do it again.  This will be such an awesome asset to the Clarksville Community.    

Historic buildings are a tangible link to our past.  They tell a story and teach us of our history.  Restoring this fascinating building will make this community even stronger with connections made.


We are asking for your help to save this amazing building.  Any donation will help.

Those interested in volunteering, contributing specific artifacts, and making significant memorial contributions should contact Friends of Clarksville to express their commitment.

The Clarksville Connection

A Place to see how things came to be

Friends of Clarksville wants to assist the Village of Clarksville in renovating the Historical Mayor's Office and Prison.   

Built in 1880 and one of the oldest remaining jails in Ohio makes this structure a very important piece of Ohio history.   It is the vision of the council to make this a focal point for the community of Clarksville. A place to connect with others and share Clarksville's rich connection to the early settlers, railroad, underground railroad and progress of Clinton County and Ohio.

For those of us who value history and community connections, this building could house artifacts giving us a look into our rich heritage and how Clarksville was formed.  It will be a meeting place for newly forming community groups who are committed to the well being of the community. The history will blend it's artifacts with current art and culture bringing the building to life with new vigor and a relevant function for today. It is the belief that this will create connections to build a stronger foundation to  preserve our future.