The Belmont County Victorian Mansion Museum at 532 N. Chestnut St. opened for the season this month. The museum is owned and operated by the Belmont County Historical Society (BCHS).

Regular hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. The tour fee is $5 for adults and $2 for youth ages 6 to 18.

In addition to the period rooms, presently on display are Lucite Purses.

Special events scheduled for the summer include:

June 23 – Ladies "Victorian Wedding" Tea - 2 p,m. Join us in sampling Victorian delicacies at High Tea. A style show of wedding gowns from the museum collection – gowns from 1856 to the present will be on display throughout the museum.

The public is invited to attend. *Reservations and pre-payment for the Tea are required and due by June 20. Please call 740-695-0766 or 740-425-2228 for reservations. The fee is $20 which includes a tour of the museum.

June 30 – 50th Anniversary Open House, 1 to 4 p.m. Commemorate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the museum of June 30, 1968. Tour the museum and enjoy light refreshments.

July 26 – Field trip to Track Rocks, 9:30 am. John Boilegh, an anthropologist with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, will lead a field trip to Track Rocks located outside of Barnesville, OH to view the ancient Indian petroglyphs (pictures.) Those interested will meet at the museum at 9 am to car pool to the site. After visiting Track Rocks, the group will return to the museum for refreshments and a discussion of the Indian petroglyphs. The event is free and open to the public. John is a popular and entertaining speaker as he has led multiple field trips for BCHS groups.

August 24 – Classic Car Show – Library Annex. The Vintage Cars of America Car Club will stop in Barnesville on Friday, Aug. 24 at the Barnesville Library Annex on N. Chestnut Street opposite the museum. Hours TBD.

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In the fall, special hours will be observed during the Barnesville Pumpkin Festival, Sept. 26-30.

Also in September, a collection of quilts, both old and new, will be shown and presented by the National Road Quilt Guild.

October, the month of hauntings, brings Victorian Victorian Psychic Readings and Cemetery Walks on Oct. 13 and Trick or Treat at the Museum for children, ages four to 10 who are accompanied by an adult, on Oct. 27.

November brings the return of the "The Magic of Christmas Tours" in the afternoons of Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 24 and 25.

The Christmas theme continues with tours through Dec. 23 and a Victorian Christmas Tea on Friday, and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8.

The historical society also rents the museum and gazebo for meetings, weddings and special events. Private teas and luncheons may also be arranged.

The Belmont County Historical Society encourages citizens to join the organization and volunteer, too. Anyone interested in decorating a room for Christmas, serving as docent or volunteer in another capacity, call 740-425-1457 or 740-425-2228.

Additional information on the museum and historical society is available at www.barnesvilleohio.com/belmontcountymuseum/