Belmont County Tourism Council

67800 Mall Ring Road

c/o Ohio Valley Mall Unit #485

St. Clairsville, OH 43950

Phone: 740-695-4359

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Let us share our past with you. Belmont County’s historic sites are locations where pieces of social, political, military, and or cultural history have been preserved due to their cultural heritage value. Plan your trip to Belmont County and experience the rich history.

1828 Blaine Bridge

Enjoy your walk on Ohio’s Official Bicentennial Bridge… Ohio’s oldest bridge.

 

Begin your reading both sides of the historical marker to understand the significance of the site, the area, and the extraordinary artifact you are about to walk upon.

 

Then enjoy some points of interest as you put your feet in the footsteps of history…

 

The bridge is on the original section of the Historic National Road as it continued into the Ohio lands in 1826-1828. The land it is on has been a major North American transportation artery since Native Americans used it as a footpath, Ebenezer Zane blazed it as a trail, Braddock marched troops over it in the American Revolution, and WWI convoys carried men and supplies over it.

 

It is the largest and last remaining structure of its kind on the entire 6 state Historic National Road systems.

 

The Roman-style stone bridge is 345 feet long, and rises at a 6.3% incline going east to west, to a 500-foot climb to the top of the hill. Its arches are 25 feet, 35 feet, and 45 feet in length, and were originally earthen-filled. The “s” shape was designed for structural strength over the strong currents of Wheeling Creek.

 

Location

Pasco Road

Bridgeport, OH 43912

Black Horse Inn

The Black Horse Inn may be Morristown’s most famous landmark. Erected around 1807 as a smaller structure, additions came later along the years. It was the site of Duncan Morrison’s tavern and reputed to be part of the Underground Railroad during the Civil War. Before getting notoriety as the Black Horse Inn, it operated as the Horner House, Wright Hotel and Shriver Hotel.

Location

203 Cross Street

Morristown, OH 43759

Epworth Park

The Epworth Park Cottage Owners Association invites you to visit historic Epworth Park. The park continues to instill the peace and serenity which offers an escape from the fast-paced lifestyle that we know today. Nestled among the grove of majestic oak trees are sixty-one quaint Victorian cottages that invite you to walk in the footsteps of our ancestors, and to experience the happiness of the days gone by.

 

Enjoy a picnic by the lake. Throw a line in the water, and try your luck at catching a bluegill, bass, or catfish. Children will enjoy the large, fenced playground. Bring the sports equipment for a friendly game of basketball, baseball or volleyball. Or, just walk along the sidewalks winding through the cottages, and imagine a much simpler time, when folks sat on the front porch and greeted neighbors and visitors as they walked by. The East Ohio Methodist church Conference owns the seventeen acres of ground known as Epworth Park. The Village of Bethesda leases eight acres, including the lake, from the Conference. The Park is open from April 1 through November 1 of each year. The cottages are privately owned. Picnic tables are scattered throughout the park. The two large shelter houses can be reserved by contacting the Village of Bethesda at (740) 484-1250.

 

Chautauqua Homecoming Days and Bethesda Festival always the 2nd full weekend of July on Sat. & Sun.

 

 

Location

Epworth Park

Bethesda, OH 43719

 

Concord Quaker Meeting House

This was the first Quaker Meeting in the Northwest Territory. When the Northwest Territory opened for settlement, Quakers living in slave states in the south moved here to settle in what was a slave-free territory.

Built 1813, it was remodeled in 1863 and 1898. A group of descendants has restored the building which includes three bricks-thick walls, and the original wooden pegged benches. The building is on both the Ohio and National Historical Registers.

In 1826 Concord Monthly Meeting had 279 members. In 1898 the building was reduced in size because of the difficulty in heating the large meeting house and smaller attendance due to westward migration. In 1911 Concord reported only 21 resident members. The Concord Meeting was “laid down” in 1919.

Quaker Josiah Fox, Father of U.S. Navy is buried in the adjoining cemetery. He helped design the SS Constitution (“Old Ironsides”) and her sister ships the United States, Constellation, Congress, andPresident. The U.S. Navy placed a bronze plaque listing the ships he designed on his grave in 1976.

Location

Negus Road

Colerain, OH 43916

(740) 310-1935

Great Stone Viaduct

The Great Stone Viaduct served as the western approach to the former Baltimore and Ohio railroad bridge spanning the Ohio River.

 

The cover photo provides a view of the 43 sandstone arches of the Great Stone Viaduct, and the original iron bridge spanning the Ohio River in 1872, just one year after the completion of the construction of the Bridge. This photograph appeared in a book entitled “Photographic Images of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad: From the Lakes to the Sea”.

 

This site provides photographic opportunities of railroad train activity crossing the Ohio River, and a Ohio History Connection Marker at the Union Street arch.

 

 

Location

31st Street

Bellaire, OH 43906

Phone: (740) 676-2743

 

Great Western Schoolhouse

The school is located five miles west of the Belmont County Courthouse in St. Clairsville on the north side of the National Road. Visitors traveling on I-70 would use Exit 213 and follow Rt. # 40 West to Ohio University's Eastern Campus. The one-room school is approximately 1/4 to 1/2 mile west of the college. It is the next driveway beyond Ohio University's Eastern Campus.

 

The Great Western School was built by the Clark Construction Company in 1870. The school remained in use until 1952. The National Trail Chapter #348 of International Questers restored the building in 1976 as a Bicentennial project. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Quester Chapter continues to maintain the school and provides tours and educational classes to visitors throughout the year. Students who visit this "working museum" are instructed by the 'schoolmarm' using the McGuffey Readers, Beacon Charts, Ray's Arithmetic, and Webster Spellers. They also participate in such games as Jacks, Pick-up-Sticks, Tug-of-War, Leap Frog, Drop the Handkerchief, and the Sack Races. If the flag is flying, guests are welcome to "come and sit a spell" and to hear the history and numerous stories of this one-room school.

Location

45425 National Road

Saint Clairsville, OH 43950

Historic Churches Walking Tour

 

Eight churches of various religions can be found along 4th & 5th Streets, Walnut, Locust and Clay.

Location

Martins Ferry, OH

Ohio University Eastern Campus

Ohio University Eastern Campus historic sites include the covered bridge located to the east of the university and the Great Western School. Dysart Woods is also an OU property.

Location

45425 National Rd W

Saint Clairsville, OH 43950

Shaeffer Campbell Covered Bridge

Stands east of the Ohio University Eastern Campus, I-70 Exit 213, overlooking a pond. It was originally built in 1891 in Fairfield County. Rescued from destruction in the late 1960’s, it was reconstructed on the present site in 1975.

Location

45425 National Rd W

Saint Clairsville, OH 43950

Stillwater Meeting House


The plain federal style brick building seats 1,500. Built in 1878 to house the Ohio Yearly Meeting of Conservative Friends. The building contains a Quaker Heritage Museum. Open by appointment.

Location

61826 Sandy Ridge Rd 

Barnesville, OH 43713

(off Rt. 147, east of town)

Walnut Grove Cemetery

(Rt. 7 north, Hanover St. exit, north on Fourth St.) Dating from 1795, the cemetery is Martins Ferry’s oldest pioneer landmark. It is the resting place of the Zane and Martin families. The Betty Zane Statue is a reminder of the heroine of the last battle of Fort Henry.

Location

Martins Ferry, OH