Set amidst the rolling hills and lush woodlands of Northeastern Ohio, Wayne County offers the best of small-town and rural living. Named after Revolutionary War General “Mad” Anthony Wayne, the county is composed of 16 townships containing four cities, 21 unincorporated communities, and 12 villages. The county seat of Wayne County is Wooster, the largest city in the county’s 550 square miles of rural countryside. This charming city has been named as one of Ohio’s “Best Hometowns” by Ohio Magazine, and is centrally located between the larger cities of Akron, Canton, and Cleveland, each of which are less than 65 miles away.
Home to the headquarters of The J.M. Smucker Company, The Wooster Brush Company, and The Cat’s Meow Village, Wayne County serves as one of the main intersections of agriculture and bioscience in the state. The Tri-County Area, consisting of Wayne, Holmes, and Tuscarawas Counties, is often called the “Gateway to the Amish Country,” as it is home to the largest Amish community in the world. The Amish community’s independent way of life with farmland, handcrafted goods and unconventional modes of transportation colors the landscape of Wayne County in a unique way. The county is known for its agriculture, farmers markets, vast farmland, and community events such as the Wayne County Fair. Secrest Arboretum and Quailcrest Farm each host beautiful gardens open to the public, and the Wayne Center for the Arts hosts a variety of concerts, exhibits, art classes, and more. The J.M. Smucker Company Store and Cafe in Orrville attracts visitors from throughout the region. There are plenty of places to hike, bike, picnic, camp, fish and hunt throughout the county.
The county is home to 19 public school districts in addition to six private and parochial schools. There are a handful of colleges and universities in Wayne County, including The College of Wooster, The University of Akron Wayne College, The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute, and more. The College of Wooster is the center for many community events and performances, including The Ohio Light Opera, a world-renowned light opera company. Health care in Wayne County centers on Wooster, which is home to Wooster Community Hospital, the Wooster Family Health & Surgery Center, and more.