ST. CLAIRSVILLE — It’s time to head “Return to the Museum” This weekend.
Visitors to the Belmont County Heritage Museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday will learn how children were educated in bygone days and how the process has changed over the decades.
Museum curator Cathryn Stanley said the events and exhibits are being held in conjunction with the St. Clairsville Area Chamber of Commerce’s final second Saturday of summer, with a “back to school” theme.
During the fall and summer, the House had “Friday Food Truck” to interest the main street in front of the courthouse followed once a month by “Second Saturdays” with live entertainment.
“It’s a Saturday and school hasn’t started yet, so there will be a lot of kids. The prizes will be backpacks full of stuff for our treasure hunt,” Stanley said.
The county tourist office provided the backpacks. She added that Second Saturdays have generated interest in the museum throughout the summer.
Anne Rattin, “marm school” from the Great Western Schoolhouse along the National Road west of St. Clairsville, will be at the museum on Saturday in period attire, sharing how education was conducted in the 1800s.
“She’ll be playing old-fashioned games with the kids in front, and we’ll be having a scavenger hunt inside the museum here, with prizes for the kids,” Stanley said. “The treasure hunt is at 11 o’clock.”
At 1 p.m. there will be a presentation by Janet Bond-Rice about her grandfather, John A. Bond.
“He was Belmont County Surveyor for 18 years. He was a farmer. He was a civil engineer. Stanley said, adding that Bond also opened an orchard near what is now Barkcamp State Park, just off Interstate 70 exit 208. “It was called Bond’s Orchard. He started it and his son, Dewey, continued it and the family ran it.
Stanley said Bond’s diary entries were compiled by his granddaughter and spanned 58 years.
“He covers the Spanish flu – the flu epidemic. It covers the assassination of President Garfield. He talks about all the things that were happening not only in his life, but also in the country, so it’s very interesting. Stanley said. “He was a surveyor…a civil engineer and he was a farmer. … He liked to observe the politics of the day. … This could be interesting for people who have this kind of information in their family and do not know what to do with it.
Stanley also highlighted exhibits marking Ohio University Eastern’s 65th anniversary. There are sports, theatrical, and academic exhibits to view, as well as pictures, photographs, and classroom materials from the early days of the Ohio University Eastern campus.
“They come from all different periods of college,” Stanley said.
The OUE exhibit will run until September 10, followed by an exhibit about the upcoming Barnesville Pumpkin Festival. This event takes place from September 22 to 25.
Shelly Yoho of Proctor, West Virginia, and children Blake and Elizabeth visited the museum on Thursday and were impressed.
“It’s really cool,” said Blake Yoho.
“Some eye-catching stuff as soon as you walk through the door,” said Elizabeth Yoho.
The museum is located in the former sheriff’s residence at 101 E. Main St. in St. Clairsville.