A Weekend of History in Jefferson County

For over 30 years, Historic Fort Steuben has brought together soldier, surveyor, settler, and Native American reenactors along with crafters, musicians, and speakers for a festival celebrating life on the Ohio Valley frontier. This year will be no different, except Ohio Valley Frontier Days will expand its offerings to two other historic sites in the downtown: the Downtown Carnegie Library on Saturday and the Jefferson County Historical Museum on Sunday, the weekend of August 6 and 7.

At the Fort, there will be blacksmith, candlemaker, gunsmith, and others demonstrating the skills of the period. A Native American encampment, military reenactments, and the Surveyors Academy of the Northwest Ordinance are featured. Vendors selling crafts, gifts, and food will be on hand. Music by Bill Schilling, Rich & Kathy Small, and award-winning singer/songwriter Steve Free is on the schedule. The event runs from 10-6 on Saturday, 11-4 on Sunday with General Admission: $7, Youth 6-12: $3, and under 6 free.

Visitors can take the Trolley from the Fort to the Downtown Library where activities and tours will be provided on Saturday and then to the Museum on Sunday for more history and tours.

More history can be found August 6 and 7 just 20 minutes south of Steubenville in Historic Mount Pleasant for their Annual Tour of the properties associated with the 19th century abolition movement. Admission is Adults: $15, 2 children free with paying adults.

Back in Steubenville, the annual African American Heritage Festival will offer traditional food, vendors, basketball game, bounce house, and music on Saturday, August 6 at the North End Ball Park. This free community event will run from 12-9pm.

For more information on these and other events, call the Visitor Center at 740.283.1787.