By Judith Bratten
It’s been a long year of social distancing and confinement, but summer calls us to get out and about again! A day trip to Steubenville in eastern Ohio offers a variety of experiences to suit all appetites.
Love history? Ideally situated on a location overlooking the Ohio River, the reconstructed 1787 Historic Fort Steuben presents the events, objects, people, and culture of the past for modern minds to understand and appreciate. Exhibits on the culture of the Native Americans in the Ohio Valley, the Lewis & Clark expedition, Edwin Stanton and the Civil War, Riverboats on the Ohio, and the Great Survey of the Northwest Territory are on display throughout the year.
Summertime adds tours of the fully furnished fort and neighboring First Federal Land Office as well as the annual festival, Ohio Valley Frontier Days. Be sure to check out the special exhibit on David McCullough’s best-selling book, The Pioneers, on the early settlement of Ohio.
Love hiking? Historic Beatty Park right in the downtown is a nature preserve featuring creeks, natural rock formations, a variety of indigenous trees, plants, wildflowers, and elaborate 19th century stonework. Long neglected, the park is being restored with numerous trails and walks of varying difficulty to get your heart pumping and your spirit renewed by the natural beauty.
Love art? Steubenville is also known as the City of Murals, with over two dozen larger-than-life murals on buildings throughout the downtown. Some honor native sons such as Dean Martin, Moses Fleetwood Walker, Edwin Stanton, and Dorothy Sloop, while others depict important people and events in the development of the city.
Love music? Opportunities to enjoy outdoor live performances make a summer trip to Steubenville a destination. The Fort Steuben Summer Concert Series at the Berkman Amphitheater will open on Memorial Day and continue on Thursday evenings through July. First Fridays on Fourth Street bring music and activities and a festival atmosphere to the main shopping district every month. Music and memories make the Dean Martin Hometown Celebration an annual attraction to hundreds of fans.
For information, maps, and schedules of all these and more, contact the Steubenville Visitor Center, 120 S. 3rd Street, Steubenville, 866-301-1787, or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.visitsteubenville.com.
Historic Fort Steuben Calls for Outdoor Experiences