A short half century ago, on June 30, 1968, Belmont County marked the dedication of the Belmont County Historical Society’s headquarters at 532 N. Chestnut St., today’s Victorian Museum.

On a warm, bright and sunny Saturday afternoon, a formal program was staged from the Bradfield-Watt’s front wrap around porch. Several prominent state officials including Don E. Weaver, president of the Ohio Historical Society (OHS), attended. Former OHS president, Columbus attorney Fred J. Milligan delivered the principal address. Also speaking were local society president Vernon Burkhart and Barnesville Mayor Nick Majors.

The historical society invites the public to mark the special occasion on Saturday.

"It’s been FIFTY YEARS since the Belmont County Historical Society officially opened the Bradfield-Watt Mansion as the Belmont County Museum. We invite the public and members of the museum to an open house from 1 to 4 pm. Cake, punch and ice cream will be served."

Entertainment will take place at the gazebo with Barnesville’s One A Chord A Cappella Quartet at 1:30 pm.

Those attending are encouraged to bring along a lawn chair, sit a while and enjoy the festivities.