The Belmont County Historical Society will mark 50 years since the dedication of the former Bradfield-Watt mansion museum at 532 N. Chestnut St. on Saturday, June 30. Members of the public and members of the organization are invited to an "open house" that day. Cake, punch and ice cream will be served.
It was on Saturday, June 30, 1968 that hundreds attended the formal dedication of the museum. The Enterprise will offer a retrospective on the dedication in the June 27 issue.
In other society news, the most recent member newsletter announced that a call for funding for funds to restore the "sagging Victorian back porch" has been answered. Donations from Jim Gray, David and Lori Brokaw, and Tom Reischman will fund the restoration work.
The museum’s third-floor ballroom recently received a makeover thanks to funding from the Belmont County Commissioners and the Wilson Shannon Questers.
The Historical Society also recently welcomed a new trustee, Sally Johnson McKenzie, who returned to Barnesville after living on the west coast for many years. McKenzie has restored two of Barnesville’s Victorian mansions. Her home was one of the ones featured at the 2017 home tour.