Have you ever wondered what Edwin Stanton, Dean Martin & square pizza have in common?
Hello from Steubenville & Jefferson County, Ohio!
one of Ohio’s oldest cities having been founded in 1797 – County Seat of Jefferson County, which covers an area of 411 miles and located in Eastern Ohio along the beautiful Ohio River.
Rich in history – proud home of Historic Fort Steuben, the reconstructed fort built on the original site, with the adjacent First Federal Land Office west of the Alleghenies. Experience frontier life first hand with knowledgeable, friendly tour guides who will make history come alive for you.
The Fort is open from May until November offering guided or self-guided tours, either by reservation or walk-in. The Fort Steuben Visitor Center is open year round with an Exhibit Hall which changes numerous times throughout the year, a gift shop, and tourist information and services.
“City of Murals” with its larger than life art work on buildings throughout the city depicting the area’s history.
Step-on guides for guided tours of the Murals and also maps & information available for self-guided tours.
Site of the historic Union Cemetery noted as one of the most beautiful in the country. The final resting place of the grandparents of Woodrow Wilson and the family of Edwin M. Stanton, Lincoln’s Secretary of War. Unique attractions at Union Cemetery include the Old Stone Chapel built in 1892; the Old Stone Bridge built about 1880, which still carries traffic from the main road; and the Dog Marker, which marks the grave of John Boillin. Boillin, a molder was blinded by an accident and a stray dog adopted him and became his seeing-eye dog. After Boillin’s death the dog would neither eat nor drink and soon grieved itself to death. Boilin’s fellow molders cast the metal dog at the Foundry where he worked to be placed on Mr. Boillin’s grave.
Location of The Jefferson County Historical Museum housed in an old Steubenville mansion consisting of 19 rooms which exhibit period furniture and artifacts, including a Dean Martin Room and Vivian Snyder Genealogical Library, which contains one of Eastern Ohio’s finest collections for family history research.
Having seventeen downtown historic churches with their beautiful stained glass windows and stunning architecture.
Home of Franciscan University of Steubenville with a beautiful campus including its Portiuncula Chapel, a reproduction of the site in Assisi, Italy.
Birthplace of Dean Martin, Edwin S. Stanton (Abraham Lincoln’s Secretary of War) Jimmie ‘The Greek’ Snyder, and Calvin Jones.
Martin and Stanton/Lincoln Murals, a Dean Martin room at the Jefferson County Historical Museum, the yearly Dean Martin Festival and Statues and Historical Markers, honor these native sons.
Offering diverse antique, unique items and gift shopping at locally owned and operated shops including Nelson’s of Steubenville, Antique Warehouse, Adam’s Antiques of Steubenville. Historic Fort Steuben Museum Shop and Drosselmeyer’s .
Steubenville/Jefferson County –
Annual Festivals including: Ohio Valley Frontier Days, Dean Martin Festival, Hometown Celebration, Greek Food Festival, Nutcracker Village and Advent Market, Apple Stirrin’ Festival, Toronto Festival of the Arts, Historical Society of Mount Pleasant Annual Home Tour and Annual City-wide Yard Sale.
Steubenville/Jefferson County –
Pizza, pasta and pizzelles are only some of the foods served in area eateries. Out in the countryside there are unique wineries and restaurants featuring local produce – Opportunities for hiking, bird watching, picnicking, boating, and simply enjoying nature abound in our many parks – Lodging includes 4 major hotels, Bread & Breakfasts, and camp sites.
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Mount Pleasant, a picturesque Quaker village placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, and in 2005, it was designated as a National Historic Landmark District of the Underground Railroad. A center for antislavery activities with five Underground Railroad Stations still standing in the village. The Historical Society of Mount Pleasant owns five and operates six museums in the Village.
This website offers detailed information on lodging, restaurants, events, historic sites and more. Be sure to take a good look around before you leave!
One Day: Steubenville Heritage Tour
Our history is your history…where the west began! Start at the award winning Fort Steuben Visitor Center and a tour of Historic Fort Steuben, a fully reconstructed 18th century fort on its original site with extensive exhibits of frontier life. Adjacent to the Fort is the group’s next stop, the First Federal Land Office, built in 1801. This pioneer log building served as an early American home/office and gives visitors a glimpse into the life of the first settlers in Ohio.
After a buffet lunch at Froehlich’s Classic Corner restaurant, the group will embark on a tour of Steubenville’s twenty-two larger than life Murals that artfully capture the city’s rich heritage. Continue with a tour of the Jefferson County Historical Museum. Each of the nineteen rooms in this mansion has a different theme, including a Dean Martin Room, Presidents Room and Civil War Room.
A stop at the Downtown Bakery will wrap up your visit before heading home.
Two Day: Friendly Neighbors Tour
Enjoy a two-day tour of Steubenville and Mt. Pleasant, neighbors along the Ohio River Scenic Byway in Eastern Ohio. The tour begins where Steubenville began: at Historic Fort Steuben, the fort that opened the Northwest Territory to settlement followed by a visit to the First Federal Land Office.
Lunch is followed by shopping or a visit to historical churches. Then sit back and relax while your guide takes you on Steubenville’s Murals Tour. Dinner at Froehlich’s Classic Corner is followed by a dessert reception and tour at the Jefferson County Historical Museum.
Day two takes your group to Historic Mount Pleasant, a quaint village nestled among the rolling hills of the Ohio Valley, 25 miles southwest of Steubenville. In Mount Pleasant your group will visit six sites that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and learn about the community’s role in the Underground Railroad. Lunch at the Farm Restaurant will complete the day.
Other themed itineraries include:
“That’s Amoré,” “Historic Churches,” & “Farm & Winery”