'Magic of Christmas' at Mansion Museum

The Belmont County Victorian Mansion Museum , 532 N. Chestnut Street , Barnesville, is celebrating the "The Magic of Christmas" 2009 Christmas season with weekend tours to showcase the many Christmas trees and beautiful decorations throughout this exquisite 26-room Victorian Mansion .

Volunteers have been busy the past few weeks preparing the Mansion for the Christmas Season. Committee chair Jeffrey Van Horn, appreciates and commends the following decorators and committee members who have graciously volunteered their time and talent to make the Museum "light up for the holidays."

Barnesville: Ernie and May Ann Albanese, Jeannette Hissom, Denise Jones, Jill Stephen, Ethel Kloss, Sharon Lee-Wood, , Lynda Mayberry, Joyce Mayberry, Susan Halstrom, Carolyn Stephens, Beth Stephen of Bless Your Heart, and Emery Stewart III, Belmont: Dawn Daubenmeyer, Bethesda: Nancy Mayo, Bless Your Heart Photography, Bridgeport: Pat Ketzell, Flushing: Flushing Garden Club, Jerusalem: Vickie Duvall and Holly Carpenter, Morristown: Averil Lynn and Jeffrey Van Horn, St. Clairsville: Nancy Combs, Quiznos-Ohio Valley Mall, Tina Derosa, Judy Craig, and Brenda Ponzani, Ponzani Florists and Ohio Valley Hospice.

The Holiday tours begin on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 28 and 29 and will continue each Friday, Saturday and Sunday through December 20. The holiday tour hours are Friday, 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. The tour fee is $5 for adults and $2 for ages 6-18. Private tours for groups of 10 or more are available at a reduced rate by reservation only, please call 740 425-2273, 425-2343, 425-1112 or 484-4716.

As a convenience to our many visitors the Museum Christmas tours will be extended from December 26 through January 10 by reservation only. Please call one of the above numbers to reserve a tour time. The above tour fees apply.

Please visit our "Home for the Holidays" and share in the joy and spirit of "The Magic of Christmas" as you tour this beautiful Victorian home. The "Magic of Christmas" tours are sponsored by the Belmont County Historical Society.