About Watt Center For History & The Arts
The Watt Center for History and the Arts provides a museum to preserve and display artifacts illustrating the rich historical record of business, industry and agriculture of Barnesville, and the surrounding area.Art displays and classes are offered to encourage appreciation and creativity. Visit this unusual building that served as offices for the Watt Car & Wheel Co., founded in 1863. Discover six unique vaults, original wood paneling, many lovely tin ceiling designs, and a steam whistle that was used to signal the weather for local communities.Explore displays featuring nuggets of local history and small-town retail business. Exhibits change periodically.The company, which started as the Watt Mining Car Wheel Co., was sold to a German firm in 1966 and continued to operate under the Watt name until 1996 when it closed. The firms grounds and various buildings were given to the village of Barnesville after its closing, and the Watt Center proponents negotiated a 99-year lease on the beautiful and distinct office building which stands as a continuing memorial to the Watt family and to the Barnesville residents who worked there over more than a century.Open by appointment May-Oct.
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