Spring is a wonderful time to explore Belmont County!

Don’t miss a chance to get outside and enjoy the wonder of spring – when nature comes back alive! It’s when blooming flowers, green meadows, chirping birds, and sunshine fill our souls with joy. And just like those spring flowers, events will also pop up around the county! From community events to museum re-openings to wildflower walks, now is the time to embrace the change of the season and start exploring in our backyard in Friendly. Beautiful. Belmont County.

On Saturday, April 29th, from 11 am – 4 pm, treat yourself to some fresh air and spend the day enjoying stunning views, historical sites, and Belmont County heritage while driving along our scenic backroads during the Belmont County Heritage Trail/Rubberneck Tour.

Every mile tells a story, and along this route, you will discover the heritage that built Belmont County through the importance of transportation, agriculture, and the energy industries. Learn about the prevalent outdoor recreation in our county and the history that helped shape us. Explore the buckeye backroads while driving along parts of Drovers Trail Scenic Byway. Shop small and stroll along the charming streets of historic downtown Barnesville.

Sponsored by the Belmont County Tourism Council, this self-guided driving tour will feature points of interest through Belmont, Bethesda, and Barnesville areas. With its beginnings as a tour of the local farms and homesteads in 1971, the tour changes each year. The 2023 Heritage Trail/Rubberneck Tour will feature Belmont Classic Cars, Epworth Park, Stillwater Quaker Meeting House, Captina Conservancy, Watt Center for History & The Arts, Belmont County Victorian Mansion Museum, and Historic Downtown Barnesville.

This family-friendly event is free to the community, and stops will include activities, demonstrations, and food trucks along the route. For more information, visit www.visitbelmontcounty.com.

Belmont County is home to many beautiful wildflowers. If you have ever wondered about them, join the Friends of Captina Creek on April 16th at 10 am for the Annual Wildflower Walk along the South Fork of Captina Creek. Nature lovers will surely see all kinds of wildflowers and birds during this self-guided hike. Wildflowers will be marked ahead so that you can enjoy the walk at your leisure. For more information, visit www.captina.org.

The Belmont County Heritage Museum in St. Clairsville will re-open on Thursday, April 13th, for the 2023 season. Located in the historic former county sheriff’s residence, next to the courthouse, the Heritage Museum celebrates and preserves the county’s history. In addition to displays about the county’s sheriffs, each room depicts communities within our county and showcases their heritage, industries, landmarks, and significant historical figures. A visit to the Heritage Museum will leave you discovering the hidden gems Belmont County is proud to hold in our history.

Admission is free, but donations are accepted. The Heritage Museum will be open from 10 am to 4 pm, Thursday through Saturday. For more information, visit www.belmontcountyheritagemuseum.org or call 740-298-7020.

The National Imperial Glass Museum in Bellaire re-opened for its 20th season on April 1st. Imperial was one of the largest handcrafted glass companies in America. This museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the Imperial Glass Corporation, paying tribute to its employees, educating the public, and providing research opportunities. It is a “must-visit” for any glass enthusiasts.

The museum displays over 3,000 glassware pieces and features many new ones for 2023, including a beautiful Candlewick chandelier. For more information, visit www.imperialglass.org or call 740- 671-3971.

So, pack up the family, explore, and make memories right here in our backyard in Belmont County. To learn more about all the upcoming events in Belmont County, visit our website at www.visitbelmontcounty.com. Also, if you are planning an event, please send our office the information so we can add it to our website event calendar and share it on our social media channels. We are your community partner and are here to help promote all the upcoming events in Friendly. Beautiful. Belmont County.

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