During the 1800s, small towns sprang up along the banks of the Muskingum River
Commercial river traffic and the coal mining industry fueled these growing populations.

The boom days of mining have passed and pleasure craft have replaced barges on the
Muskingum.
Some of the towns are deserted and others are considerably smaller in size.

Life in an early river town can still be experienced in the Village of McConnelsville

Three distinctive museums are located in historic buildings on the Main Street.
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Village of McConnelsville
9 West Main Street
McConnelsville, Ohio 43756




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MCCONNELSVILLE, OHIO 43756
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Downtown Flower Project Donors
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In Memory
Angie Finley
Eileen “Ine” Thompson
Anonymous
Albert (Ab), Mary Evelyn, & Rodney Sherman
Bill & Teresa Grove
William L & Chere’ J Grove
Carlos Dille & Family
Wanda Lee Dille
Cindy Finley Mansfield & John Walter Finley
Debby Finley
John Walter Finley & Cindy Finley Mansfield
John K & Yvonne Finley
Judy Bragg
Vera Campbell
Julie Bragg
Julie Bragg
Putnam & Betty Bragg
Mark & Stacie Dille
Albert Hayes
Mayor John W Finley
Mayor John K Finley
Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Nicholas Jenior & Mark Ponchak
Roger, Linda, Russ, Renita, & Carol Spring
Herman & Ruby Spring
Terry & Kathy Robison
Glen Robison
The Bragg Family
Velma Bragg & Winifred Shrivers
The Woodward Family
Mary L Woodward
Donations
Homer Weekley
Wood Plaques
Wainwright Jewerly
Brass Name Plates
Built in 1836 in the Federal style, the Button House Museum was once the home of
scientist and Civil War surgeon Hiram True and his daughter, Evelyn True Button. The
great-granddaughter of McConnelsville's founder, Evelyn, the great-granddaughter of
McConnelsville's founder, lived in the house until passing away at the age of 100. One
of Ohio's first female school principals and a strong advocate for women's rights, she
was also a genealogist, writer and world traveler.

Visitors can view 12 restored rooms with authentic furnishings including Dr. True's desk
and medical booklets and the summer kitchen with its 1880 stove. Other displays
feature period clothing, dishes, linens and keepsakes from Evelyn's trips overseas.

Dr. True's medical offices were located next door in the current Doll Museum. A second
floor apartment was utilized by his daughter Augusta, a Shakespearean actress.

The building now houses a collection of over 2,500 dolls. Along with a large assortment
of dolls from around the world, visitors can also see
antique china dolls, rag dolls and Madame Alexander dolls. Favorites include a set of
dolls made in 1934 to commemorate the birth of the
Dionee quintuplets and an 1867 doll made with a china head and leather arms and legs.

Two structures located behind the Button House can also be toured. Displays in the
Carriage House include a horse-drawn fire engine,
horse-drawn hand-crafted tools. Visitors can also view an antique cupboard that once
served as a hiding place on the Underground Railroad.
The Twin City Opera House, constructed in 1889, was the first building in Morgan
County to have electricity. The Rev. Billy Sunday and
William Jennings Bryan were
among the prominent lecturers who spoke at the Opera House.

Riverboats brought traveling shows to town. McConnelsville native,
MacDonald Birch
performed his popular Disappearing Pony Act on the stage. The magician was a
contemporary of Blackstone and Houdini. The building's auditorium is named Birch
Hall in his honor.

Today, visitors can view movies and concerts at the theater that has been in continual
use since 1890.
Visitors can learn more about MacDonald Birch at the Morgan County Historical Society Museum. On
display are playbills, photographs, news items, stage props and costumes.

Visitors can also learn about another of the village's best known citizens. McConnelsville is the birthplace of
Howard Chandler Christy. The artist is famous for his World War I recruiting posters. Replicas of his
posters are displayed in the museum including an illustration of the popular poster of a young lady in
nautical attire saying, "Gee!! I wish I were a man. I'd join the Navy."

Along with honoring its native sons, the museum depicts life in the Muskingum River Valley region from the
Stone Age through World War II. Displays include Victorian furnishings, vintage clothing, antique household
appliances and farm machinery.

Visitors wishing to see more of the village's historic buildings, can enjoy McConnelsville self-guided historic
walking tour that includes 24 stops. Maps can be obtained at Twin City Opera House, Morgan County
Historical Society Museum and McConnelsville Visitors Center.

McConnelsville is located on the east bank of the Muskingum River in southeastern Ohio. The village is also
easily accessed by automobile. For travel from the east/west, take State Route 60 south from Interstate 70.
Traveling north/south, take State Route 78 west from Interstate 77.

The village was founded in 1817 by Revolutionary War General Robert McConnel who purchased the land
for $1.75 per acre. When incorporated in 1836, there were over 100 families on the tax rolls.
Button House Museum
Opera House
Morgan County
Historical Society Museum
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Chatterbox Tavern
Citizens National Bank
Coler Drug
Darrell Newton
EZ Grout
Finley Fire
First National Bank
Hillary Arnold Farms
Lang Masonry
Malta Village
Matheney Funeral Home
Miba Bearings
Miba
Morgan Do-It-Best Hardware
Morgan County Family Practice
Wolfe Creek Contractors
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During the 1800s, small towns sprang up along the banks of the Muskingum River
Commercial river traffic and the coal mining industry fueled these growing populations.

The boom days of mining have passed and pleasure craft have replaced barges on the
Muskingum.
Some of the towns are deserted and others are considerably smaller in size.

Life in an early river town can still be experienced in the Village of McConnelsville

Three distinctive museums are located in historic buildings on the Main Street.
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