City of Celina
225 North Main Street
Celina, OH 45822

City of Celina, Ohio


                           2018 Schedule of Events



                                 Our Old Book Case by Mercer County Historical Society President Joyce Alig


2018 Events            
January 18            
March 15            
Mercer County Historical Museum:      130 East Market Street, Celina       (419)586.6065




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James Watson Riley established Celina in 1834. Celina is the county seat of Mercer County. While traveling through New York state to get the town plat lithographed, Riley came across the town of Salina situated on the edge of Onondaga Lake near Syracuse. Noting the similarity between Salina and the newly founded settlement in Ohio, he named the new town Celina. The spelling was changed to avoid confusion at the post office, or so the story is told from past legends. Another legend has it that the spelling was changed because in Salina, NY, Main Street is oriented east-west (also Market Street is oriented north-south), where in Celina, OH, Main Street is oriented north-south (and Market Steet is oriented east-west). Originally, St. Mary's was the Mercer County seat of government, but with the Ohio government's creation of Auglaize County in 1848, St. Mary's became part of the new county, and Celina became the county seat of Mercer County.

Celina grew slowly after its founding in 1834. In 1880, only 1,346 people resided in the community, but over the next decade, Celina's population nearly doubled to 2,684 inhabitants. The primary reason for this population growth was the discovery of oil and natural gas deposits during the 1880s. In 1886, Celina contained three newspaper offices, five churches, and two banks. Numerous manufacturing establishments existed in the community, most of which provided services or products to farmers in the surrounding countryside. This has held true throughout the twentieth century.

Alig, Joyce L., Editor. Mercer County Ohio History. publisher: Mercer County Historical Society, Inc. Celina, OH. TX: Tayler Pub. Co. 1980

In 2000, Celina was the largest city in Mercer County, with a population of 10,303 people.

More information about Celina's History can be found at the Mercer County Historical Museum listed below.


City of Celina Compliment/Complaint Line: 419.942.3000


History in the Area
Mercer County Historical Museum
130 East Market Street
P.O. Box 512
Celina, OH 45822
Phone: 419.586.6065 (if no answer call 419.678.2614)
Fort Recovery State Museum
1 Fortsite Street
Fort Recovery, OH 45846
Ph: 419.375.4649
Toll free: 800.283.8920
Shrine of the Holy Relics & Maria Stein Heritage Museum
2291 St. Johns Road
Maria Stein, OH 45860
Ph: 419.925.4532
Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum
PO Box 1978
Wapakoneta, OH 45895-1978
Ph: 419.738.8811
Toll free: 800.860.0142

Miami & Erie Canal
St. Marys & through Auglaize County

Lockkeepers House Visitors Center

Lock One Park
Corner of SR-66 & SR-274
New Bremen, OH 45869
Phone: 419.629.0313

Auglaize County Historical Society

206 W Main St.
Wapakoneta, OH 45895
Hours: Sun.-Tues. 1-4pm
Phone: 419.738.9238


Bicycle Museum of America

7 W Monroe St.
New Bremen, OH 45869
Phone: 419.629.2220 ext.3808

Langsdon Mineral Collection

The Mercer County District Library
303 N Main St.
Celina, OH 45822
Phone: 419.586.4442

We are a small City abounding with friendly, warmhearted people inviting you to come visit us. We are always willing to share our lake, tree-lined Main Street with its stately homes, our diverse places of worship, and our beautiful downtown as well as the outlying areas of shopping. Take the time to browse our website and discover for yourself the many facets of our community.

Celina is constantly in motion with news and
events for all ages and interests. We are
located on Grand Lake's west shore in the
READ MORE middle of agricultural Mercer County Ohio.
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and really enjoy its beauty, history, people and numerous activities.