Ohio Valley River Museum

Clarington, Ohio

The Winchester jammed in ice just above the lock

Shot of the MV Winchester caught in a massive ice jam just above the Hannibal Lock at about 4:00 PM, Friday March 6th, 2015. The ice jam it is caught in stretches about 2 miles, and nothing has locked through Hannibal for over 24 hours.

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CLARINGTON – The Ohio Valley River Museum, Inc., 112 Ferry St., announced this week a joint event with Belco Works, Inc.’s shredder truck on Wednesday, February 25 from 10 am to 1 pm at the museum in Clarington. (located in the Ohio Valley Community Credit Union’s building – Market & Ferry Streets).

Anyone wishing to safely destroy personal documents, old checks, etc. can easily do so by making a $15 donation to the museum, which will give you a ticket to have your personal documents shredded on-site! This recycling & environmentally friendly event will help protect you from identity theft as well as de-clutter your personal files & home. There is no limit set for the amount of papers you can bring!

This cooperative effort is provided by the Ohio Valley River Museum, Inc., and Belco Works, Inc. of St. Clairsville.

Anyone having questions, may contact (740) 391 2786 or visit the museum website: www.ohiovalleyrivermuseum.org

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CLARINGTON, OH – Director, Barbara Rush, of The Ohio Valley River Museum, 112 Ferry Street, Clarington, announced today, the museum has been approved as a 501c3 non-profit status organization by the Internal Revenue Service. “As we continue to grow and develop programs with educational opportunities for the public about the history of the Ohio River, how it has developed the surrounding area, our continually changing & expanding exhibits & events, we are very pleased that those who would like to offer their financial support can take advantage of their contributions now being a tax deductible opportunity locally.”

We recently conducted a job fair with four (4) of the larger riverboat companies having recruiters present. 133 people attended this event, obtaining applications, information & job offerings on the Ohio River, including crewmen, deck hand, and cooking positions. “We want to be known as the museum who wants to preserve the past as well as provide for the future!” Rush stated.

The museum began developing in 2009 when Team Monroe suggested a river museum was needed. The doors opened to the public June 2010 and has continued to expand their exhibits & provide programs and events each year since it opened. The “Dine Like You’re On the Delta Queen” fundraiser dinner opens the season each year, with all-volunteer support, is open on Fridays & Saturdays during the summer months and by appointment during winter months or special events at present. We hope to expand our hours as we get more members and volunteers.

Ms. Rush added, “Anyone who would like to learn more about the programs at the museum or those who would like to offer a few volunteer hours can contact me through our website or call 740-795-5883.” Our website is: www.ohiovalleyrivermuseum.org

The Trustees of the museum also announce the following upcoming events:

Saturday, October 25, 2014 – 10 am to 3 pm – Ladies’ Day at the Museum –

Twelve (12) vendors have registered to be at the museum to offer a variety of cosmetics, jewelry, clothing, home-goods, and more for attendees to enjoy viewing the latest fall & winter products, and getting an early start on holiday shopping. There will be door prizes, light refreshments, & a gift basket raffle. Admission for ladies is free!

Vendors registered include: Mary Kay Cosmetics, CABi Fashions, Origami Owl, Thirty-One, Gold Canyon Candles, Lemongrass Spa, Just Jewelry, Premiere Jewelry, Scentsy, Celebrating Home, Tupperware, Paparazzi, & Younique Cosmetics.

Saturday, November 22, 2014 – Antique Appraisal Fair – 11 am to 3 pm

Antique enthusiast and expert, Mr. Jeffrey Spear, of Garth’s Auctions, Inc., Columbus, Ohio, will be at the Ohio Valley River Museum, 112 Ferry Street, Clarington, for verbal appraisals of your antique treasures, family heirlooms, or special treasures. One item is $10; 2 for $15; 3 for $20; up to 5 for $25.

While you’re waiting your turn, view the expanded exhibits inside the rooms of the Ohio Valley River Museum to see the history of the river, the development of the Locks & Dams in the vicinity, the historical boat building businesses that used to be one of the main industries along the Monroe County shoreline, or the Delta Queen Steamboat Co.’s delightful exhibit.

Light refreshments will be available. Doors open at 11 am. Saturday November 22nd.

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TNBarnsdall006a-33Hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful weather & hope you are having a happy and safe 4th of July Weekend!

You can check out our first issue of The Pilot, the newsletter of the Ohio Valley River Museum. Included in the inaugural issue:

  • Information on all the work so far completed at the museum.
  • A listing of wonderful donations we have (and hope to soon) receive.
  • A volunteer spotlight of Brittany McConaughy.
  • Highlights from 2013 events at the museum.

If you are interested in becoming a member, more information can be found here on our website.

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Liberty1889-1912-005a-33What are you waiting for? Become a member of the Ohio Valley River Museum today!

Basic benefits include free admission to the museum, subscription to the museum’s newsletter, a 10% discount for the museum store, admission to members only events and the annual membership meeting.

Membership starts at just $30 for individuals, $40 for a family, and $20 for students and seniors. Honorary membership and corporate contribution opportunities also are available.

For more information, check out our membership application. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch.

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The Ohio Valley River Museum will be hosting our first membership meeting on May 17th, 2014. During the meeting, we will be voting to approve our by-laws. Members who would like to review the by-laws prior to the meeting can do so here on our website.

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Please schedule your visit by calling
or by emailing

Annual Dinner Cruise

Saturday, August 10th, 2019
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Muskingum River and Devola Lock Cruise – $50 per person. Onboard raffle! Fun filled event! Event is handicap accessible.
Tour includes three hour scenic cruise, full course catered luncheon, complete lock-thru of Devola Locks and Dam. Join us as we announce our exciting plans for 2020 and beyond with some big surprises!

Luncheon will include hors d’oeuvres, prime rib and chicken marsala, green beans, rice pilaf, garden salad, and cheese cake and key lime pie for dessert.

Boarding begins at 1:30 PM at the Valley Gem Landing’s located at 601 Front Street, Marietta, OH 45750.

Payment due no later than August 3rd. Reservations must be paid in advance. Reservations can be made by mail with check and number of guests listed, or by calling 740-391-6304 or emailing ohiovalleyrivermuseum@gmail.com.

Please mail checks payable to:
OVR Museum
P.O. Box 162
Clarington, OH 43915

Special Thanks

Special Thanks to the Ohio Valley Community Credit Union for their continued support & generosity!