Culture

OHIO

BELMONT COUNTY

BELMONT COUNTY SHERIFF’S RESIDENCE MUSEUM

101 E. Main St.St. Clairsville, OH 43950

740-298-7020

The 1880s former sheriff’s residence is a museum to the entire county. The building that once housed each sheriff and his family is now home to artifacts and pictures telling the history of the many communities throughout Belmont County.

VICTORIAN MANSION MUSEUM

532 N. Chestnut St. Barnesville, OH 43713

740-484-4716 or 740-425-1112

www.barnesvilleohio.co m/belmontcountymuseum

The 26 rooms have been restored and furnished to fit the Victorian era. Tours are open 1-4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, May 1 to Oct. 1.

NATIONAL IMPERIAL GLASS MUSEUM

3200 Belmont St. Bellaire, OH 43906

740-671-3971

www.imperialglass.org/site/museum.htm

The museum is dedicated to the memory of Imperial Glass, its employees and the beautiful glassware they created. The museum houses an extensive display of Imperial glassware, along with the history of Imperial Glass and its workers.

SEDGWICK HOUSE MUSEUM

627 Hanover St. Martins Ferry, OH 43935

740-633-5046

www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ohmfahs

Established in 1970 by the Martins Ferry Historical Society, the museum houses historic artifacts and information pertaining to Martins Ferry and the surrounding area.

UNDERGROUND RAILROAD MUSEUM

206 High St. Flushing, OH 43977

740-968-2080

www.ugrrf.org

The museum details the history of slavery, the rise of the abolitionist movement and the Underground Railroad, along with the role local people and places played on the railroad.

THE UNOFFICIAL LEGO MUSEUM

4597 Noble St. Bellaire, OH 43906

740-671-8890

www.theplasticbrickmuseum.com

The Unofficial LEGO Museum is three floors of the largest private collection of LEGO toys and the imaginative world they can create. Collections of more than 4 million bricks create 3-D mosaics that have turned a simple child’s toy into works of art.

Open on weekends only, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

WATT CENTER FOR HISTORY & THE ARTS

511 Watt Ave. Barnesville, OH 43713

740-679-3380

The original office building of the Watt Car and Wheel Co.’s exhibits include coal history, business, industry and agriculture. Open May through September by appointment.

HARRISON COUNTY

HARRISON COUNTY COAL MUSEUM

200 E. Market St. Cadiz, OH 43907

740-942-2623

Located in the lower level of the Puskarich Library, the coal museum is a testament to the rich heritage of coal mining in the Ohio Valley, featuring a number of historical mining artifacts.

CLARK GABLE MUSEUM AND FOUNDATION

138 Charleston St. Cadiz, OH 43907

740-942-4989

www.clarkgablefoundation.com

The Clark Gable Foundation seeks to preserve the memory of the famed actor, with a monument at his reconstructed birth home and a yearly birthday celebration. The museum holds extensive memorabilia for fans of the “King of Hollywood.”

For after-hour tours, call 740-942-2505 and ask for Nan Mattern to make an appointment.

WEST VIRGINIA

OHIO COUNTY

OGLEBAY’S MANSION MUSEUM/GLASS MUSEUM

Oglebay Park

Wheeling, WV 26003

304-242-7272

www.oionline.com

Along with its host of recreational opportunities, Oglebay Park is home to the Mansion Museum, the one-time estate of Earl W. Oglebay. Both the Mansion Museum and Glass Museum are under the direction of the Oglebay Institute.

Tour hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

KRUGER STREET TOY & TRAIN MUSEUM

144 Kruger St.

Wheeling, WV 26003

877-242-8133

toyandtrain.com

Come and relive your childhood, bring back good memories and share them with your family, friends or tour group with these exhibits of toys and trains from every generation. Operating train layouts are interactive, and local heritage items throughout the museum showcase the part the Ohio Valley played in the country’s economy and transportation development.

TOWNGATE THEATRE

2118 Market St.

Wheeling, WV 26003

304-233-0820

www.oionline.com

The Towngate Theatre, under direction of the Oglebay Institute, is home to live action plays for adults and popular children’s plays, as well as live music events.

WEST VIRGINIA INDEPENDENCE HALL

1528 Market St.

Wheeling, WV 26003

304-238-1300

Originally known as the Wheeling Custom House, it was once the federal headquarters for the Western District of Virginia. Its completion coincided with the beginning of the Civil War and provided a facility for constitutional conventions that led to eventual statehood for West Virginia in 1863.

WHEELING SYMPHONY CAPITOL THEATRE

1015 Main St.

Wheeling, WV 26003

304-232-6191

www.wheelingsymphony.com

The only full symphony orchestra in the Ohio Valley, the Wheeling Symphony annually puts on multiple classical and pop concerts.

WHEELING ARTISAN CENTER

1400 Main St.

Wheeling, WV 26003

304-232-1810

www.artisancenter.com

The three-story building features a tribute to the rich cultural heritage of Wheeling, as well as shopping opportunities featuring items made by West Virginia artisans and regional artists and crafters.

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