Kenton Historic Courthouse District

Supporting preservation and business in Kenton's historic downtown.

The Kenton Historic Courthouse District is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance.

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Downtown Kenton Building and Business Owners' Association (DBA)

Connecting stakeholders and working to enhance the downtown district.
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Get Involved

Membership in the DBA is open to individuals associated with businesses and buildings in the 9-block area surrounding the Hardin County Courthouse, known as the Kenton Historic Courthouse District.

Grants Available

The DBA offers grants to incentivize improvements and other worthy projects that enhance downtown Kenton. Click the link to download details about the grant program and the application.

Meeting Minutes and News

Check out the minutes from our meetings to stay informed on our activities and projects. Learn more about important resources, special speaker series, webinars and more in featured news articles.

DBA Calendar

Visit our meeting and events calendar to stay up-to-speed on what's happening with the DBA.

Events and Programs

Market on Main

Market on Main

Market on Main is held at the corner of Main Street and Ohio Street in downtown Kenton. In season, Market hours are Saturdays, 9:00 AM until 12:00 noon.

Market on Main is a collaborative project of the Kenton Historic Courthouse District and the City of Kenton.

Click Here for details on being a Market on Main Vendor and for the Vendor Registration.

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Eats on the Street

Eats on the Street Food Truck Fest

Come celebrate the premier event of the summer in the Kenton Historic Courthouse District at the Eats on the Street Food Truck Fest!

Enjoy great food, drinks, entertainment, car & motorcycle show, and the KidsZone - all right on the streets of downtown Kenton!

Details are on our Facebook page.

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Window Wonderland

Window Wonderland & The Kenton Lions' Club Christmas Parade

"Ohio's Biggest Small Town Christmas Parade"

Come to downtown Kenton on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving for a night filled with Christmas magic! See the lighting of the Hardin County Courthouse Christmas lights; the unveiling of all the storefronts, decorated for Window Wonderland; and experience the wonder of Ohio's Biggest Small Town Christmas Parade, hosted by the Kenton Lions' Club!

Visit our Facebook page for more details and information.

Kenton Historic Courthouse District Committee

Mission: Revitalize downtown Kenton!

2024-2025 Goals

  • Fill the downtown.
  • Engage the community with the "Main Street Approach".
  • Raise funds and stabilize the budget.


  • Organization: Doris Blum (chair)
  • Design: Shelby Reth (chair) & Lynn Webb
  • Promotions: Stephanie Temple (chair) & Kelli Bostelman
  • Economic Vitality: Holly Layman Cannode (chair)


Kenton Historic Courthouse District is working with Heritage Ohio to become an Ohio Main Street community.

From the Heritage Ohio website:

The Ohio Main Street Program, administered by Heritage Ohio, works with communities across the state to revitalize their historic or traditional commercial areas. Based in historic preservation, the Main Street approach was developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to save historic commercial architecture and the fabric of American communities’ built environment but has become a powerful economic development tool as well.
The Main Street program is designed to improve all aspects of the downtown or central business district, producing both tangible and intangible benefits. Improving economic management, strengthening public participation, honoring historic preservation and beautification, and making downtown a fun place to visit are critical to recruiting new businesses and residents. Building on downtown’s inherent assets — rich architecture, personal service, and traditional values and most of all, a sense of place — the Main Street approach has rekindled entrepreneurship, downtown cooperation and civic concern. It has earned national recognition as a practical strategy appropriately scaled to a community’s local resources and conditions. And because it is a locally driven program, all initiative stems from local issues and concerns.
The four point methodology works to create a total image for the community: Providing the retail/professional area with its necessary market niche, creating a cohesive visual identity unique to the community, and nurturing a cultural ambiance associated with the community’s location, appearance, and way of life. The Main Street Approach gradually builds on existing resources and fosters improved community leadership and support on behalf of the Central Business District for the long term.
  1. Organization is the building of consensus and cooperation between the groups that play a role in the downtown. Many individuals and organizations in the community have a stake in the economic viability of the downtown.
  2. Design involves improving the downtown’s image by improving its physical appearance – not just the appearance of buildings, but also of street lights, window displays, parking areas, signs, sidewalks, streetscapes, landscaping, promotional materials and all other elements that convey a visual message about what the downtown is and what it has to offer.
  3. Promotions involves marketing the downtown’s unique characteristics to shoppers, investors, new businesses, tourists, and others. Effective promotion creates a positive image of the downtown through retail promotional activity and special events utilizing the downtown as a stage area of community activities.
  4. Economic Development involves strengthening the existing economic base of the downtown while diversifying it. Business enhancement activities include helping existing downtown businesses, recruiting new businesses, providing a balanced mix, converting unused space into productive property, and sharpening the competitiveness of downtown merchants.
While the Main Street approach provides the format for successful revitalization, implementation of the four-point approach is based on eight principles that pertain to all areas of the revitalization effort:
  1. Comprehensive. Commercial district revitalization is a complex process and cannot be accomplished through a single project. For successful and lasting results, a comprehensive approach must be used. Simply stated, comprehensive means working on all four points simultaneously.
  2. Incremental. Small projects and simple activities lead to a more sophisticated understanding of the revitalization process and help develop skills so that more complex problems can be addressed and more ambitious projects undertaken. Starting with small projects creates progress and momentum at the same time.
  3. Self-help. Local leaders must have the desire and the will to make the project successful. The NMSC provides direction, ideas and training; but continued and long-term success depends upon the involvement and commitment of the community.
  4. Public/Private Partnerships. Both the public and private sectors have a vital interest in the economic health and physical stability of the district. Each sector has a role to play, and each must understand the other’s strengths and limitations so that an effective partnership can be forged.
  5. Identifying and Capitalizing on Existing Assets. Business districts must capitalize on the assets that make them unique. Every district has unique qualities – like distinctive buildings and human scale that give people a sense of belonging or businesses that have become local institutions. Main Street cannot create new landmarks or institutions; existing local assets must serve as the foundation for all aspects of the revitalization program.
  6. Quality. Quality must be emphasized in every aspect of the revitalization program. This applies equally to each element of the program, from storefront design to promotional campaigns to educational programs.
  7. Change. Changes in attitude and practice are necessary to improve current economic conditions. Public support for change will build as the program grows.
  8. Implementation-Oriented. Activity creates confidence in the program and greater levels of participation. Frequent, visible changes are a reminder that the revitalization process is under way. Small projects at the beginning of the program pave the way for larger activities as the revitalization effort matures.

Get Involved!

Contact Carol Steegman, Kenton Historic Courthouse District Coordinator, at 419-673-4131 or to find out how you ca get involved in this effort!


City of Kenton

Visit the City of Kenton's website to learn more about operating a business in the Kenton Historic Courthouse District.

The City's website includes links to updates on capital projects in the city, permits, forms and more.

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Codified Ordinances

The Code of Ordinances that govern the City of Kenton are published online. Relevant sections include: business regulation and taxation code; planning and zoning code; building and housing code; and more.

Codified ordinances

Architectural and Historic Board of Review and the Downtown Historical District

Kenton has special ordinances regarding the Downtown Historical District. Learn more by visiting Chapter 1437 of the City's Code of Ordinances.

Chapter 1437

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