February 2021 marks the 160th anniversary of the visit of President-Elect Abraham Lincoln to Steubenville as he was on his way to Washington D.C. for his inauguration as President of the United States. To mark the anniversary, Historic Fort Steuben will host an exhibit entitled The Ohio Valley and the Civil War which will open February 21 through March 20.
The exhibit will focus on the Civil War through objects and artifacts from the period from several personal local collections. Objects including original Civil War letters, swords, firearms, uniforms, pictures, shot and shell, and personal items will be included. Additionally, text panels explaining the Civil War and its impact the Ohio Valley will be displayed along with the Historic Cannon donated to Steubenville’s Union Cemetery for the veteran’s section by Veterans of the Civil War.
“We are so fortunate to be able to display these important objects” explained Paul Zuros, Director of Historic Fort Steuben. “The Civil War was such a monumental and defining moment in America. To have the opportunity to display these artifacts at Historic Fort Steuben, gives us the ability to connect with that past and part of our history, in a very real and tangible way.”
The Exhibit will open on February 21 and continue through March 20 at the Steubenville Visitor Center located at 120 S. 3rd St. in Steubenville. Hours are Monday – Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 11am-4pm. Due to the ongoing pandemic, visitors to the exhibit are asked to wear a mask and practice social distancing. For more information, please contact the Steubenville Visitor Center at 740-283-1787.