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May 20, 2013
Times Leader
The lush landscape of the Ohio Valley is ample in its beauty; enough so that a leisurely drive through the twisting, turning back roads is a worthwhile trip in itself. While outdoor activities are a major draw for tourists to the area, there are more than a few spots on the must-see list, whether they be unique or historical in nature.

• Belmont County Toy & Plastic Brick Museum: 4597 Noble St., Bellaire: The Toy and Plastic Brick Museum in Bellaire is the “unnoficial lego museum.” The converted school features three floors and multiple rooms filled with various creation made entirely out of platic bricks; everything from Scooby Doo and other cartoon characters to Star Wars and medieval battle scenes can be found. Phone: (740) 671-8890. Website: Belmont County Farmer’s Market: 32nd St., Bellaire; Mel-Morr Market, Morristown. The Ohio Valley Farmer’s Market is held Saturdays in Bellaire and Thursdays in Morristown at its new location. The aim is to provide a place for local growers to promote and sell their products, encouraging the development of homemade products in the Ohio Valley. Website:

• Jefferson County Historic Fort Steuben: 129 S. Third St., Steubenville. The reconstructed Fort Steuben, first built in 1786, is located on the original site of the fort and offers educational and historical programs. It now includes a park with the Veterans Memorial Foundtain and a visitors center, which houses the museum shop and exhibition hall. An amphitheater offers concerts and other outdoor program. Phone: (740) 283-1787. Website:

• Monroe County Parry Museum: 117 Eastern Ave, Woodsfield: The Parry Museum contains priceless heirlooms that portray life in Monroe County during the 1800s and the early 1900s. Archives are kept for genealogical references. A stone block schoolhouse was moved onto the property. It provides an example of a one-room schoolhouse, heated by a wood stove with multiple grades being taught in the same room. Phone: (740) 472-1933.

• Ohio County Kruger Street Toy and Train Museum: 144 Kruger St., Wheeling, W.Va.: This museum features exhibits of toys and trains from every generation. There is a scale model of downtown Wheeling and the Ohio Valley room is great for the heritage-minded tourist. Since 1999, the museum has hosted the annual Marx Toy & Train Collectors National Convention, held each June during Father’s Day weekend. Phone: (304) 242-8133. Website: West Virginia Independence Hall: 1528 Market St., Wheeling, W.Va. Originally known as the Wheeling Custom House, it was once the headquarters for the federal offices 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 the eventual statehood for West Virginia in 1863. The building’s architecture has been authentically restored. A permanent exhibition “West Virginia: Born of the Civil War” is housed on the first floor. Phone: (304) 238-1300



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