HISTORIC FORT STEUBEN & THE FIRST FEDERAL LAND OFFICE
Ten buildings recreate life on the Ohio “frontier” at Historic Fort Steuben, a reconstructed 18th century fort on its original site overlooking the Ohio River. Visitors learn about the hardships and challenges of the early Americans who began the westward settlement of the country. Period tools and crafts, curious customs and impressive skills are demonstrated. Compare the comparative luxury of the Officers’ Quarters with the less comfortable Enlisted Men’s Quarters. An active archaeology dig is on the site. The adjacent First Federal Land Office of the West of the Alleghenies, a log structure from 1800, is a 19th century home office. In the Exhibit Hall are periodic displays of local and national history including Native Americans in the Ohio Valley, Baron von Steuben, and the Lewis & Clark Expedition. The Fort is part of the Historic Lewis and Clark National Trail and the Ohio River Scenic Byway. A tour takes 75 to 90 minutes, but it takes you back 200 years! 120 S. 3rd Street, Steubenville.
CITY OF MURALS
Twenty-four stunning murals give Steubenville its nickname. Painted by a variety of well-known artists, the murals depict the history of the town and the country on walls throughout the historic downtown. Paintings include events as well as important figures such as Edwin M. Stanton, the Tuskegee Airmen, and Fleetwood Walker (first professional African American baseball player). Visitors can socially distance with a self-guided tour or hire a guide to tell the story behind each mural as well as information on downtown architecture and amusing tales of the colorful characters in Steubenville’s history. Maps and information available at the Fort Steuben Visitor Center, 120 S. 3rd Street, Steubenville.
ANTIQUES GALORE & MORE DOWNTOWN
Explore three well-arranged floors of antiques, crafts, and treasures at the Antique Warehouse, just a block away from Historic Fort Steuben. Admire the stained glass and art of our historic churches – information available at the Steubenville Visitor Center. Browse a book-lovers’ paradise at BookMarx Bookstore stocking thousands of used and new books and gifts. Include a visit to the Jefferson County Historical Mansion Museum to find some cool Dean Martin memorabilia. Unique stores in the downtown include Drosselmeyer’s Nutcracker Shoppe, the Steubenville Popcorn Company, and The Prodigal Daughter.
OFF THE BEATEN PATH BUT IN THE CITY: BEATTY PARK & UNION CEMETERY
Hidden in downtown Steubenville, Ohio are found a historic park and cemetery that offer opportunities for historians, environmentalists, hikers, and nature lovers. Listed on the National Registry for Historic Places for its landscape architecture, the non-profit 199-acre Union Cemetery was established in 1854 and is the final resting place of notable state and local citizens. Located at 1720 Sunset Blvd. Part of the property not suitable for burial ground was sold as a city park. Ninety-nine-acre Beatty Park features indigenous flora, creeks, wildlife, and hiking trails. Many of the century old stonework structures, walls, and paths are being restored allowing for unique respites from busy urban life. Beatty Park, 855 Lincoln Avenue, Steubenville.
A RIDE IN THE JEFFERSON COUNTY COUNTRYSIDE FOR GASTRONOMIC TREATS
Truly off the beaten path are Black Sheep Vineyard and The Farm Restaurant, located down winding country roads outside of Adena, Ohio. A family-owned and operated vineyard and winery overlooking the rolling hills of southern Jefferson County, Black Sheep Vineyard offers their own special wines, entertainment, a gift shop, and even opportunities to help during harvest. Nearby, The Farm Restaurant & Pub is a beautifully restored and decorated farmhouse serving delicious homecooked meals and rich desserts. Black Sheep Vineyard, 1454 State Route 250, Adena, OH 43901 blacksheepvineyard.com The Farm, 1247 State Route 150, Adena, OH 43901
HISTORIC MOUNT PLEASANT
More history can be found in Jefferson County at Historic Mount Pleasant, a major hub for the Underground Railroad and home of important abolitionists of the 19th century. The Historical Society of Mount Pleasant owns six historic buildings, each one a museum in itself. Additionally, the Ohio Yearly Meeting House – an amazing Quaker structure – is included in their tours. Several open houses and exhibits are scheduled throughout the year. Currently, tours and buildings are open by appointment only, however, there is a complimentary walking tour available at https://izi.travel/en/united-states/city-guides-in-mount-pleasant-oh