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May 20, 2013
Times Leader
Residents of the Ohio Valley are fortunate to have a wealth of culturally-enriching opportunities within a relatively short driving distance. While nearby metropolitan areas like Pittsburgh, Columbus and Cleveland offer a bevy of culture, there are plenty of activities locally to sate your appetite.

• Belmont County Belmont County Victorian Mansion Museum: 532 N. Chestnut St., Barnesville. Phone: (740) 484-4716. Website: Visitors will marvel at the splendor and elegance of this award-winning Victorian Mansion Museum of the Romanesque style. It’s a testament to the craftsmanship and design of the victorian period. Franklin Museum: New Athens. Houses in the former Franklin College, which ceased operation in 1921, the Franklin Museum. The 12 rooms of the museum are dedicated to the college, the Civil War and the connections between the two. Most items date from between the late 1800s and early 1900s. Phone: (740) 968-1042. National Imperial Glass Museum: 3200 Belmont St., Bellaire. Phone: (740) 671-3971. The museum is dedicated to the memorial of Imperial Glass, its employees and the beautiful glassware they created. The museum houses an extensive display of Imperial glassware, along with the history of Imperial Glass and its workers. Website: www. Sedgewick House Museum: 627 Hanover St., Martins Ferry, Ohio. Established in 1970 by the Martins Ferry Historical Society, the museum houses historical artifacts and information pertaining to Martins Ferry and the surrounding area. Phone: (740) 633-5046. Website: Underground Railroad Museum: 206 High St., Flushing. Museum details the culture of slavery, the rise of the abolitionist movement and the underground railroad, along with the parts played locally in the underground railroad. Phone (740) 968-2080. Website:

• Harrison County Harrison County Coal Museum: 200 E. Market St., Cadiz. Located in the lower level of the Puskarich Library, the coal museum is a testament to the rich heritage of coal mining in the Ohio Valley, featuring a number of historical mining artifacts. Phone: (740) 942-2623.

• Ohio County Ogleybay’s Mansion Museum/Glass Museum — Oglebay Park, Wheeling, W.Va. Along with its host of recreational opportunities, Oglebay Park is home to the Mansion Museum, the one-time estate of Earl. W. Oglebay. Both the Mansion Museum and Glass Museum are under the direction of the Oglebay Institute. Phone: (304) 242-7700. Website: Towngate Theater &?Cinema — 2188 Market St., Wheeling, W.Va. For years, the Towngate Cinema and Theater, under direction of the Oglebay Institute, screens films for the movie goer with the more discerning taste. The Theater is also home to live-action plays, both for adults and its popular children’s plays. Phone: (304) 233-0820. Website: Wheeling Symphony — Capitol Theater, Wheeling, W.Va. The only full symphony orchestra in the Ohio Valley, the Wheeling Symphony annual puts on multiple classical and pops concerts. Phone: (304) 232-6191. Website: Wheeling Artisan Center — 1400 Main St., Wheeling, W.Va. The three story building features at tribute to the rich cultural heritage of Wheeling, as well as shopping opportunities featuring items made by West Virginia and regional artists and crafters. Phone: (304) 232-1810. Website:



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