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The Valley Is Teeming with History

Updated: Jun 2

Originally from northeast Ohio, I moved to Steubenville three years ago and have been struck with how deep the historical threads of this area go --- not just into regional history, but into the beginnings of American history as well. My name is Kirstie Perkins and this summer I have the privilege to intern with the Brooke County Public Libraries and Visitors Center in West Virginia. In spring of 2025, I will be graduating from Kent State University in Ohio with the goal of helping nonprofit organizations with communication and outreach. Thank you for joining me on this adventure into history. Our first stop will be my new hometown...


“George Washington Slept Here”


Historical Sites & Green Spaces in Steubenville, Ohio

Historic Fort Steuben Visitor Center

In October of 1770, George Washington accompanied a party that stopped two miles south of present-day Steubenville on a precursor of the survey of the Northwest Territory. Fort Steuben, named after George Washington’s trusted drillmaster in the Revolutionary War, Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, was completed in 1787 as a defense for the surveyors. In 1803, the Lewis and Clark expedition, which included Patrick Glass, who later settled in Wellsburg, WV, passed through on their way westward, as well. Quite the “Who’s Who” of camping guests on this bend of the Ohio River!


The Fort Steuben Visitor Center offers a museum and reconstructed replica of the original fort to tour. The visitor center, which has no cost for admission, has exhibits about the Lewis and Clark Expedition and Native American heritage. The fort is a self-guided tour, for an additional admission donation. Picnic area is adjacent to the museum. The complex has accessible parking, restrooms, and exhibits.

Historic Fort Steuben

120 South Third Street

Steubenville, OH 43952



Upcoming Events:

Ohio Valley Frontier Days June 1 – 2, 2024



Historic Fort Steuben (reconstructed fort)

Open from May through October:




Fort Steuben Visitor Center and Museum Shop is open all year

MON - FRI 10AM-4PM (except Christmas - New Year's and other holidays)


Admission Donations to Fort:

Adults - $12

Seniors (60+) - $10

Youth 6-12 - $7

Under 6 - Free 

Family (2 adults, 4 children) - $40 ($5/each additional person)



City of Murals City of History

When you are at the Historic Fort Steuben Visitor Center remember to pick up a Murals Route Map. Steubenville is home to murals that portray Dean Martin, Steel Mill Memories, and Jerome and John “Ellis” Edwards who were Tuskegee Airmen, along with many more.

Union Cemetery - Beatty Park

Union Cemetery was incorporated in 1854. Beatty Park was created from land that could not be used for burial purposes and additional land that was donated or purchased. Both Union Cemetery and Beatty Park are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Union Cemetery

Union Cemetery is unique because it was built in the style of cemeteries that were meant to be used as parks for the living as well as places of internment for the deceased. Moses Fleetwood Walker, the first African American major league baseball player and the Fighting McCooks, of Civil War fame are just some of the notable people buried in Union Cemetery. 

Union Cemetery

1720 Sunset Boulevard, Steubenville, OH, 43952


Office Hours

MON – FRI 8AM-4PMClosed 12PM-1PM for lunch

Closed SAT - SUN

Cemetery Hours

Gates close at Dusk

*No dogs, bicycles, rollerblades, etc. permitted in the cemetery.


A visit to Union Cemetery is full of history and beauty. The tranquil park setting is home to mature trees, historic tombstones and mausoleums, and even some wildlife. Bring your walking shoes and enjoy the rolling hills and views. If you are feeling more adventurous, you can plan a hike through the cemetery to the connecting Beatty Park.

Beatty Park

Beatty Park has had an amazing turnaround of fortune through the perseverance of dedicated volunteers led by Flora VerStraten-Merrin. Along with being an example of past history, this is an example of history in the making. Beatty Park has hiking trails, children’s play areas, picnic areas, historic markers, a StoryWalk™, and disc golf. You can happily lose yourself at Beatty Park all day.

Beatty Park

855 Lincoln Avenue

Steubenville, OH 43952

Park closes at Dusk

On-site restrooms

*Rules are posted inside park

*Note: Cemetery and park have separate entrances. You can NOT drive through the cemetery to the park. Also, Beatty Park has a trail head on Lawson Avenue, but that trail head does NOT have a parking lot.



All efforts were made in good faith for accuracy of content of this blog post. However, fees charged, and hours of operation, may be subject to change without notice. Information was retrieved 05/30/24.


Next week we’ll explore some of the heritage of glass and ceramics in the region…

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