From the Director:

Fall brings many school groups to visit Historic Fort Steuben. These youngsters are often surprised at how interesting history can be when they can experience the past. Whether it’s feeling the weight of the flintlock on their shoulders or smelling the herbs in the herb garden, the multi-sensory approach helps them to retain what they hear and see.

Those of us who are presenting history to our visitors are continually learning and discovering more about life on the Ohio frontier.Education is a life-long process and involvement in the activities of the Fort is a great opportunity to expand our knowledge. Please consider volunteering to bring history to life for our visitors.

NOTE: Depending on weather, Historic Fort Steuben will be closing for tours November 1. If the weather is fair, reservations will still be accepted. The Visitor Center remains open all year.


Hundreds of drivers pass by it or over it each day. Barges transport coal and goods up and downstream. Fishermen and kayakers enjoy recreation time there. It is the Ohio River – the “beautiful Ohio” – and a significant part of our history, commerce and culture.

Beginning on Monday, Oct. 2, Historic Fort Steuben presents a new exhibit on the river, Riverboats on the Ohio- from Canoes to Showboats: A Century of Change. Consisting of educational panels, models, music and other information, the exhibit gives an overview of the Ohio River in history, the development of river transportation, and its impact on commerce and culture particularly in Steubenville and the upper Ohio Valley.

An opening program will be held on Monday, Oct. 2 at pm. Guest speaker Thom Way will tell tales of the river and the riverboats with information catalogued by his great-uncle, Fred Way.

The exhibit was developed by Historic Fort Steuben with funding in part by the Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Special thanks to our summer research intern Jimmy Huckabay for his efforts to collect the information and to the Jefferson County Historical Museum and the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County for providing many local resources.The exhibit will run through October 14.


Long-time member of the Old Fort Steuben Project, Susan Probert, passed away last month. She was active in many organizations and worked with us on downtown revitalization efforts. Her creativity, enthusiasm and commitment will be missed. Our condolences to all her friends and family.


It took five years but we finally have produced our own Historic Fort Steuben Coloring Book. Back in 2012 we discovered that our summer intern, Nick Ward, was a talented artist and we commissioned him to capture the fort in illustrations. He did a remarkable job! (FYI: Nick is now in seminary for the Diocese of Steubenville.) We then asked volunteer and retired school teacher Denese White to edit the story and develop a teacher’s guide. Finally, we received a grant from the Esther Simmons Trust to print the books. The teacher’s guide is still to come but the wonderful coloring books are on sale in the Museum Shop for $6.99. Be sure to browse the Museum Shop for possible Christmas gifts!


Steubenville now has its own fall festival! The Harmonium Project – an organization formed by students and alumni of Franciscan University of Steubenville to help revitalize the downtown – has organized the Half Hills Music Festival for October 6-8. Not just a music festival but a true celebration of fall and the arts, the event includes music from noon to 7pm at the Berkman Amphitheater and a stage on S. 3rd Street and evening performances at Froehlich’s Classic Corner. The Steubenville Art Association will have both an exhibit and demonstrations – including some participation – as part of the street fair and there will be craft and food vendors including a craft-beer tent. This is a family-friendly event with a bouncy houses and corn hole for the kids and a sidewalk chalk art contest. We will have maps and programs for the event at the Visitor Center or check out their Facebook event page – Half Hills Music Festival. Come on downtown for a great weekend!


When the Visitor Center took responsibility for the murals of Steubenville five years ago, we realized there would be a great deal of restoration needed. Over the years, we lost several due to the deterioration of the buildings or the ravages of weather. With the help of artist Ruston Baker of Millersburg, Ohio, and donations from benefactors, we have been able to restore a number of these unique art pieces and even add a new one. The Firehouse Mural on Court Alley (behind PNC Bank) was refreshed last month and we are now working to repair and restore the wonderful Centennial Arch mural on N. 5th Street, opposite Froehlich’s Classic Corner. The Visitor Center is funding these efforts with proceeds from the city lodging tax but donations towards this work would enable us to do even more.

Please remember that you can arrange an entertaining tour of the murals for a group by calling the Visitor Center at 740-283-4935.


The Art Gallery in the Visitor Center will host the work of various members of the Steubenville Art Association so stop by and see the talent we have in the area. The SAA has its monthly workshops and meetings at the Visitor Center. The next will be Oct. 18th.


Veterans Day is approaching and it is a good time to honor a friend or family member by purchasing an engraved brick to place by the Veterans Memorial Fountain. Bricks can be ordered for $65 ($50 if you are a member) and will be installed next May. We can send a card to notify the beneficiary of your gift. Give us a call or print off an order form from our website, www.oldfortsteuben.com/brickform.


Invitations to Steubenville’s Sights & Sounds of Christmas: Nutcracker Magic Parade have been sent out. If you want to participate, there is still time to get an application form by calling 740-283-4935 or emailing info@visitsteubenville.com. The parade will be held at noon on Dec. 9 and televised by WTOV/Fox.

We have been delighted with the response we have received for sponsorship of the 2017 Steubenville Nutcracker Village. Special thanks go to Trinity Health System as our legacy sponsor – their continuing support is a testimony to their commitment to the community.

The Christmas at the Land Office is sponsored by EZ-to-Use Big Book, the Nativity by the Cattrell Companies, the Holly Trolley by Tri-State Financial Services, the Hayrides by Allen Oil, entertainment by Comcast, and the expanded lights and hoops by M&M Hardware, True Value Hardware and DiGregory’s Greenhouse. Husqvarna again will sponsor the lights on our big tree and Cricket Wireless is one of the sponsors of the new tree in the Land Office.Wooden Heart Follies, the original musical created by John and Von Holmes, will again be performed on the 4 Sundays after Thanksgiving and is sponsored by the Center of Music and Art and by Franciscan University of Steubenville.

On weekends, the Advent Market will have a variety of artisans offering their wares as well as several food chalets. Entertainment will be in the Amphitheater while St. Nicholas strolls through the crowds.

There will be more additions to the event so watch for updates.


Tuesdays & Thursdays: Research your roots at the Jefferson County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, from 10am to 2pm, 100 Fernwood Road, Wintersville, 740-346-2820

Wednesdays & Thursdays: Explore local history at the Jefferson County Historical Museum from 10am to 3pm, 426 Franklin Ave, Steubenville, 740-283-1133

Thursdays: Downtown Farmers’ Market at the corner of S. 4th Street and South Street, Steubenville, 8am-1pm

Fridays: Academic Lecture Series, a variety of topics by distinguished professors, 3:00pm; Tony and Nina Gentile Gallery; J.C. Williams Center, Franciscan University, 1235 University Blvd., Steubenville, free; www.franciscan.edu

Sundays: Find more local history at the Main Street Museum, 210 Main Street, Toronto open from 1-4pm (also Wednesdays from 10am-1pm), 740-537-2157

Oct. 1: Jefferson County Airpark Open House and Career Day, featuring airplanes, helicopters, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) on display, along with free "Young Eagles" airplane rides (ages 12 to 18 with parental permission). Aviation professionals will be on hand to discuss the amazing aviation careers and flight training opportunities for high school seniors; 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, 600 Airpark Road, Wintersville; 740.264.5388

October 3-8: Heimatfest, Festival of history, culture and coming home, part of Historic Zoar’s Bicentennial celebration with speakers, music and more; Zoar, Ohio,www.historiczoarvillage.com

October 4: Taste of Jefferson County: Around the World,sponsored by United Way. An evening of sampling local foods, desserts and drinks. Cash Bar, Raffles, and Auction Items Available. 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm; St. Florian Hall, 286 Luray Drive, Wintersville; $35 per ticket. To purchase tickets, please call 740.284.9000

October 6-8: Franciscan University Homecoming; Parents Weekend, Alumni events, and the St. Francis Festival; full schedule at www.franciscan.edu/homecoming

October 6: Dark View Haunted Attraction; 2257 County Rd. 68, Toronto, 6:00 pm; $18 Regular Admission;$25 VIP Pass (Skip the line).Tickets can be purchased at the Ticket Booth or online. Regular and VIP admission gives you access to five themed haunts for one price; info@darkviewhaunt.com; or call 740.537.0235

October 7: 6th Annual “Off the Beaten Path” Bus Tour sponsored by Jefferson Soil & Water Conservation District; Visit Packer’s Orchard as they celebrate 100 years. Learn about the sport of archery. Visit with Greg and Meghan Whiting who, just 3 months ago, opened the Hightower Brewing Company. Enjoy lunch at The Farm Restaurant. Meet at JSWCD offices at 500 Market St, Steubenville,

8:00 am - 4:00 pm; Cost per person:$35; 740.264.9790

October 7: IServe Day of Service, Youth groups, individuals, churches, businesses and school clubs will be serving by painting, landscaping, cleaning, sorting food and clothing in and around the Urban Mission as well as at Belleview Park. Free pizza and salad lunch. 9am to 3pm; Urban Mission, 301 N 5th Street, Steubenville; (740) 282-8010

October 7: Octoberfest and Craft Show, for Pleasant Hill School House Museum, Knoxville Volunteer Fire Department, St. Rt. 152, Knoxville; 10am to 3pm;

October 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22: Black Iron Farms Pumpkin Patch, next to Knoxville Volunteer Fire Department, St. Rt. 152, Knoxville; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 1-6

October 12: Chicken Fest, Holy Trinity Greek Church, 300 S. 4th Street, Steubenville; 3:30-6:30; $11, eat in or take out; 740-282-9835

October 14: Archaeology Day, participate in a mock archaeology dig and take home treasures; Fort Laurens, 11067 Fort Laurens Rd, Bolivar OH, $7 adults, $5 for children 12 and under; 10am-4pm; 330-874-2059;

October 14: Joe Zelek Unplugged at the Yearly Meeting House, The meeting house in Historic Mount Pleasant has long been touted as having perfect acoustics, now's your opportunity to hear for yourself! Limited seating; Mount Pleasant, Ohio; $10, 7:00pm

October 15: Grand Theatre Photo Workshop, with Matt Lambros author and photographer of “After the Final Curtain”, Session #1:9am – Noon, Session #2:1:00pm-4:00pm; $50, Grand Theater, 121 South 4th St., Steubenville

October 18: Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce 109th Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner, "A Salute to Manufacturing", Featured speaker:Mr. Rob Brundrett, Director of Public Policy Services for The Ohio Manufacturer's Association (OMA). St. Florian Hall, 286 Luray Drive, Wintersville; 6:00pm- Cocktail Reception, 7:00pm – Dinner; $60; 740.282.6226

October 21-22: Unionport Apple Stirrin' Festival, Apples, open fire apple butter and cider.Apple fritters, dumplings, pies, and more. Other activities:Crafts and demonstrations, the Christmas cabin where ornaments for the holidays are for sale and early gifts can be purchased, outdoor crafters with unique and delightful wares for sale. Full day of live entertainment each day. County Road 39, Unionport, OH

October 25: Faith in the Future Prayer Luncheon, Damon’s Grill, 1401 University Blvd. Steubenville; speaker: Rev. Nate Freeman; rsvp 740-282-1132

October 28: Halloween Party – Steubenville Parks & Recreation; MLK Recreation Center, Market St, Steubenville; 1-3pm, $1; space is limited – register by calling 740.283.6000 X4000

October 30: 7th Annual Meeting & Banquet, Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District, St. Florian Hall, 286 Luray Drive, Wintersville; 6pm, $19; RSVP Call 740.264.9790