This summer marks 225 years since the city of Steubenville was declared the county seat of Jefferson County by proclamation of the Northwest Territory Governor Arthur St. Clair. Beginning as a frontier outpost, the city grew from a producer of wool and pottery to a major industrial powerhouse of coal and steel, with the Ohio River as the backdrop and main supply line.

Historic Fort Steuben is marking the occasion with an exhibit of informational panels highlighting the people, places and events that are part of our history.

After viewing the exhibit, visitors are encouraged to go to the Jefferson County Historical Association which has a huge collection of maps, books, photos, and artifacts. A visit to the JCHA Museum on Franklin Avenue is well worth an afternoon: it is a storehouse of Steubenville and Jefferson County memorabilia.

Then find the 24 murals located in the city which highlight significant moments in Steubenville and American history.

While exploring the city’s history, stop at the Antique Warehouse on Market Street with three floors of memorabilia are displayed and for sale.

The free exhibit at Historic Fort Steuben will run to July 24 and is open from 10-4, Monday through Saturday, 11-4 on Sundays. Tours of the Fort are also available: $10/adult; $9/seniors; $7/youth 6-12; free for under 6 and active military (Blue Star Museum Program). Historic Fort Steuben is located at 120 S. 3rd Street in Steubenville. For more information call 740.283.1787.