Have you ever wondered what Edwin Stanton, Dean Martin & square pizza have in common?
Whether your interest is history (early frontier days or the Civil War ), culture (check out the annual Dean Martin Festival) or food (pizza to pizzelles), there are plenty of attractions in Steubenville and Jefferson County.
History, archaeology, genealogy – the past is present in one of Ohio’s oldest cities. Founded in 1797, Steubenville is also known as the City of Murals with larger than life art on buildings throughout the city that reflect the area and America’s growth. Individual driving tours are available or arrange step-on guides to tell the stories behind each of the paintings.
Experience frontier life at Historic Fort Steuben, a completely reconstructed fort built on the original site overlooking the Ohio River. Adjacent to the Fort is the First Federal Land Office west of the Alleghenies – built in 1801 as an early American home office. Friendly tour guides present the stories that make history come alive at these landmarks. The Steubenville Visitor Center can direct you to places around the county where history comes alive, including Mount Pleasant, a Quaker village instrumental in the Underground Railroad.
Marvel at the stained glass windows and architecture of Steubenville’s Historic Downtown Churches. Tour the world renowned Franciscan University of Steubenville with its Portiuncula Chapel, a reproduction of the site in Assisi, Italy.
The life and talents of native son Dean Martin are showcased at the Jefferson County Historical Association Museum as well as at various sites around the city. Visitors can enjoy a variety of live musical performances on Thursday evenings at the Summer Concert Series in Fort Steuben Park.
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.
You can’t do it all in one day, so plan a stay at one of our hotels or bed & breakfasts. Steubenville – Where you always find a welcome!
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 the Classic Corner restaurant, the group will embark on a tour of Steubenville’s twenty-three 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 for Ohio-shaped cookies 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 the 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 and a stop at Mulberry Corner Gift Shop will complete the day.
Other themed itineraries include: “That’s Amoré,” “Historic Churches,” & “Farm & Winery”