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The Belmont County Commissioners and the Belmont County Tourism Council are pleased to announce the Open House for the newly restored Historical Sheriffs’ Residence to be held Thursday, December 19 from 5–7 p.m. The public is welcome to stop by and tour the historical building that will now be open to the public.
The Belmont County Commissioners joined efforts with the Tourism Council several years ago to save and restore the former Belmont County Sheriff’s residence. The building was constructed in approximately 1890 and served as the sheriff’s residence and later as county offices. The building will become a county community museum operated by Belmont County Tourism. When complete, plans include a room for each community in Belmont County to house historic artifacts to educate newcomers about the county and its history. The Victorian Romanesque style building is an essential part of the architectural legacy of the county and is a contributing structure in St. Clairsville’s National Register Historic District.
The project was funded by a Ohio Department of Transportation, Transportation Enhancement Grant with matching funds provided by the Belmont County Tourism Council. Chambers, Murphy & Burge Restoration Architects will be on hand with a power point presentation reflecting the before and after conditions of the building. The St. Clairsville Gardeners Forum will be hosting the event and providing punch and Riesbeck’s will be providing cookies for the guests.