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Village of McConnelsville
9 West Main Street
McConnelsville, Ohio 43756




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9 WEST MAIN STREET
MCCONNELSVILLE, OHIO 43756
OFFICE: 740.962.3163
FAX: 740.962.6127

MONDAY - FRIDAY
7:30AM - 5:00PM
CLOSED HOLIDAYS
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. Having no heirs,
Evelyn willed the house to the Historical Society.

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.
Button House Muesum
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.
Twin City Opera House
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.
Morgan County Historical
Society Museum
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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