Formerly under Ohio law, the sheriff was required to live on the premises of the jail. From 1888 until 1976, all sheriffs and their family lived in what was called the sheriff's residence, which was connected to the jail. The Victorian Romanesque architectural style building was designed by noted architect Joseph Warren Yost, and matches the style of the attached jail and the adjacent Belmont County Courthouse, both of which he also designed. Yost was instrumental in organizing the Association of Ohio Architects and had the distinction of being named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1889.The structure, fully restored to its historical significance, now houses the county's past. In addition to displays about the county's sheriff's, each room houses displays from the county's communities representing their industries, landmarks, and important historical figures. The displays bring the spirit and history of each area together under one roof.Inside are artifacts and photos of what made this county great. From the designer of the USS Constitution to a major role in the glass industry, people can discover hidden gems that Belmont County is proud to hold in its history.The museum is open May through November, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and by appointment by calling 740-695-4359.
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Free parking and admission by donation. Restroom facilities.
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