From the Director:

My favorite time of year is almost here: Autumn. The cooler weather, the departure of flies and mosquitoes, the glowing gold and rust colors of the trees and mums, all bring me peace and more energy. And it’s a good thing, too, as we have so much happening here at Historic Fort Steuben and the Visitor Center.

I recently reviewed all the projects and improvements we have made over the past ten years - it is an impressive list! (see below) None of it would be possible without the support of our members and donors. As an historic site and museum, as an event venue and as a community resource, Historic Fort Steuben provides unique and valuable opportunities for education, culture and recreation.

Thank you to all who have contributed time, talent and treasure to this special place -- Judy Bratten


Every year Historic Fort Steuben joins with the Fort Steuben Chapter of the DAR for an exhibit on the United States Constitution. This year with funding from the DAR, the Gulfport Energy Fund and the Ohio Valley Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, the exhibit features a new display developed by the National Archives, “The Bill of Rights and You.” The intent is to expand awareness of and appreciation for citizens’ rights as guaranteed by the Constitution. Every visitor will take away information about those first ten amendments and have the knowledge to better judge the many issues that make to-day’s headlines. The exhibit runs Sept. 9-23.

The DAR will be holding their annual fall meeting on Saturday, Sept. 9 in the Visitor Center and are always eager to have new members. Groups are welcome to schedule an “after hours” visit to the exhibit as well. Call 740-283-1787.


The flagpole behind the Fort Steuben Visitor Center will again be the backdrop for the annual National Day of Recognition for POWs and MIAs.

“This day commemorates those who gave their lives for our country and the fact that our government sends out missions every year to find their remains. Those missions scour the countryside and interview people who may have seen an aircraft go down. There are remains and equipment scattered all over Europe and the South Pacific,” explained Dan Wilson of AMVETS. Last year, a list of 90 names of service men and women whose remains were recovered was read aloud.

The event will be held at noon on Friday, September 15th and all are invited to attend.


Schools are in session and we will be giving students an experience of the past as they tour Historic Fort Steuben. Teachers are asked to contact us several weeks in advance to be sure of getting a suitable date.

Adult group tours are also on the schedule. Groups with reservations receive discounted rates.

We can also arrange Mural Tours with our entertaining tour guides who tell the stories behind the paintings. Call 740-283-1787 to find out the various options.


We are pleased to announce the publication of the newest book on Steubenville’s native son, Stanton: Lincoln's War Secretary by Walter Stahr. This book received outstanding reviews and we will be carrying it in the Museum Shop. In addition, the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County has invited the author to come for a book signing in November. Watch for more details.

To add to our history offerings, we now stock the entire series of The Winning of America books by Allan Eckert. Beginning with The Frontiersmen, Eckert recreates the rough and often brutal life of the men who opened the Northwest Territory to settlement.

In contrast, we also stock adorable stuffed animals and the Audubon birds. Children enjoy the wooden toys, coloring books, puzzles and old-fashioned stick candy.

Looking for Steubenville souvenirs? We have post cards, magnets, key chains and a variety of tee shirts.

Come November the Nutcracker ornaments and memorabilia will be for sale.


Thanks to a grant from Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, a new exhibit is being created on the history of riverboats on the Ohio River.A series of informative panels as well as literature and music will be part of the display that will run from October 2- 14.

The Ohio River played an important part of the history of Steubenville and eastern Ohio including the rise and demise of the steamboat industry. Just as the automobile transformed travel in the nation, the steamboats affected the development and the culture of America in 19th century America and Steubenville.

Jimmy Huckabay, who worked as a deck-hand on modern riverboats on the Columbia River and is currently a student at Franciscan University, was our research intern for this project. Join us for the opening program in the Exhibit Hall on Monday, October 2 at 6pm.


One of the activities we offer our visitors is to make a “frontier air freshener”: a pine cone dipped in fragrant wax. We are in the need of medium sized pine cones so if you find some as you are cleaning up your yard, please consider saving some for us.

We are also seeking volunteers…particularly Fort, Mural and City tour guides.We provide training and are very adaptable with schedules. It’s a great opportunity to meet people from all over and to show off our history.


Invitations to sponsor and participate in the 2017 Steubenville Nutcracker Village and Advent Market have gone out. Over 140 Nutcrackers are sponsored and many organizations and businesses are helping fund the entire project, especially Trinity Health System as our legacy sponsor and WTOV at our Media Sponsor.

To show off the 40 new Nutcrackers, there will be additional hoops and lighting in Fort Steuben Park. Another large Christmas tree will be installed in Land Office Park. Organizers are hoping to have entertainment in the Berkman Amphitheater this year while the popular hay wagon and Holly Trolley will again do their run.So far, about 14 vendors are scheduled for the Advent Market but there are still dates open for more.

The event will open when Steubenville Lights Up the Night on November 21 and continue to January 7. The Advent Market will run on the 5 weekends following Thanksgiving.

Wooden Heart Follies, the original musical created by John and Von Holmes, will delight audiences on the four Sunday afternoons after Thanksgiving.

The Annual Sights and Sounds of Christmas Parade on December 9 will again feature a Nutcracker theme. Any groups or businesses interested in participating in any of these holiday events can call 740-283-1787 for more information.


*Improved or developed new exhibits in Enlisted Men, Commissary, Frontier and Historian Hall buildings

* Replaced pickets, built Guardhouse, built new or replaced old ramps, stained and put new roofs on buildings within the fort

* Renovated the gift shop with new shelves and counter and installed new brochure racks in visitor center

* New computers, tables in Conference Room and cabinets in offices

* Renovated the interior of the Land Office, re-paired the logs, installed rail fence, brick pavers and stairway, improved landscaping and replaced most of the fencing around the Land Office Park

* Produced several new exhibits and displays in the Exhibit Hall and added two murals

* Placed UV protective coatings on Exhibit Hall windows

* Developed landscaping around Visitor Center, removed the hills overlooking amphitheater and planted trees

* Installed military flagpoles around the fountain and improved the landscaping around the flagpole in the park

* Put in new illuminated sign along Route 7 – the best advertising we have!

* Improved the electrical lines to the amphitheater and initiated the Summer Concert Series

* Upgraded the electrical system in the park, put in all LED lighting on the site, and installed a new telephone and security system

* Paved the driveway behind the Visitor Center

* Restored four murals downtown and created one new one, developed a new mural brochure

* Accepted responsibility for the Trolley to use for special events and tours

* Designed and printed new Steubenville/Jefferson County Visitor Guides

* Organized and promoted the Downtown Farmers’ Market, developed the Hometown Celebration and managed and improved the Christmas Parade

* Created and hosted the Nutcracker Village and Advent Market


Daily: Steubenville Art Association Artist of the Month, works by artist Gina Judy in the Fort Steuben Visitor Center, 10am-4pm

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: Farmers’ Gateway Market, 4:30-6:30pm, at the EGCC parking lot at the corner of Sunset Blvd & John Scott Highway, Steubenville, 740-264-9790

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

Thursdays: Concerts at the Gazebo, N. 3rd & Market Streets, Toronto, 7pm, donations, 740-537-2989

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

September 1-4: 2017 Friendship Cluster- Steuben Kennel Assn., Beaver County Kennel Club & St. Clairsville Kennel Club with puppy contests, conformation and obedience contests, and lots more;

Friendship Park, 1505 Friendship Park Rd. CR 23, Smithfield

September 2-3: Toronto’s 40th Festival of the Arts, car show, entertainment, crafts, food, vendors and more! 3rd & Market Streets, Toronto, Sat. 10-8, Sun. 12-5;

September 2-3: Fort Henry Days, 10am - 5pm Saturday, September 2nd and 10am-5pm Sunday September 3rd, Featuring: 18th Century Military and Native encampments.

September 8: Civil War School Day, Historic Zoar Village, Meet Civil War legends, watch cavalry and artillery demonstrations, participate in hands-on activities, tour Historic Zoar Village and much more! This event is open to all public, private, and home school students. Cost is $4 per student, with one free adult per group, and each additional adult $6. Reservations are required, so call (330) 874-3011 today to reserve your space!

September 9: Cloak & Dagger On the Air: A Celebration of Suspense, Featuring three one-act melodramas from the Golden Age of Radio, Striplight Theatre, 3383 Main Street, Weirton, West Virginia; 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM; info@striplighttheatre.com

September 16: Annual Community Yard Sale, Eastern Gateway Community College, 4000 Sunset Blvd, Steubenville, 8am-3pm;

September 16: Fall Festival at Seeds of Hope Farm, located between the Farm Restaurant in Adena and Emerson. 11-5. Free Admission, $5.00 parking! Tour a ca. 1859 barn, see antique farm equipment and tractors, quilts and more! Games for the kids to play. Concessions available. (800) 752-2631

September 16: Autumn Lantern Tour, Historic Schoenbrunn Village, 1984 E High Ave, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663; 7-9 pm; travel through Ohio's first village by lantern light for this after-hours tour. Luminaries line the village, and the cabins are alive with 18th century life. Regular admission rates apply. (330) 663-6610

September 20: Job Fair, St. Florian Hall, 286 Luray Drive, Wintersville; 11am-3pm;

September 20: Annual Meeting & Dinner, Jefferson County Historical Association with speaker Shirley Brooks-Jones on her experience on 9/11; St. Florian Hall, 286 Luray Drive, Wintersville; 5:30 pm; $30, for reservations call 740-283-1133

September 23: Jazz After 6 with the Paul Thompson Quartet, sponsored by Ohio Valley Music Guild, Steubenville Country Club, 413 Lovers Lane, Steubenville; $40, Cocktails at 5:15, Dinner at 6:15, Music at 7; RSVP by September 11 to 740-266-2203 or 304-224-1319

September 27: What’s Up Downtown?, learn about what’s happening at the Grand Theater! Food, drink and entertainment, 121 S. 4th Street, Steubenville; 5-7pm;