Celebrating Belmont County's History


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New Museum Exhibit Celebrates Country Music in Belmont County
ST. CLAIRSVILLE, OH (June 22, 2022) – The Belmont County Heritage Museum is reliving over 40 years of country
music and memories with a special exhibit, “The History of Jamboree in the Hills.” The display features decades of
photographs by Reed Tychonski that tell the story of the beloved Belmont County tradition.
Tychonski photographed performers and spectators at Jamboree for four decades, which resulted in thousands of
published photographs at a local and national level. Country Music magazine featured many of his images,
including a full-page photo of Tim McGraw and a two-page spread of Grammy Award-winning duo Sugarland. His
photographs document performances and candid moments of country music’s biggest stars, the colorful fans in
attendance and the massive crowds that came to Belmont County.
“When the Belmont County Tourism office approached me about this exhibit idea, I was happy to provide photos
from all the years I documented Jamboree in the Hills,” said Tychonski. “There are stories to tell behind most of
these photos, I looked forward to capturing these memories at Jamboree every year,” Tychonski said.
The exhibit also includes Jamboree in the Hills programs, t-shirts, banners, and other items related to the
Superbowl of Country Music.
“Belmont County has a rich history with county music,” said Jackee Pugh, Executive Director, Belmont County
Tourism Council. “Jamboree was a tradition in the valley that started in 1977, and when that ended in 2018, we
were so blessed that the Dutton family decided to keep the idea alive with the creation of Blame My Roots Fest.”
Blame My Roots Fest is a weekend-long country music event slated for July 14 - 16 at Valley View Campgrounds in
Belmont, Ohio. Since its inception in 2019, Blame My Roots has seen a lot of growth with even more expected for
2022. Museum visitors can register to win two Saturday general admission tickets to Blame My Roots Fest. The
winner will be announced at the beginning of July.
The Belmont County Heritage Museum is located in the historic former sheriff’s residence at 101 E. Main St. in St.
Clairsville. In addition to “The History of Jamboree in the Hills” exhibit, you will find displays about the county’s
sheriffs, artifacts from Belmont County communities representing their industries, landmarks, and important
historical figures. The displays bring the spirit and history of each area together under one roof. 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 Belmont County Heritage Museum is open Thursday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm., and admission is free.
The “The History of Jamboree in the Hills” exhibit will be on display through July. For more information about this
exhibit and the Belmont County Heritage Museum, visit or contact
Cathryn Stanley, Museum Curator at 740-298-7020.

Belmont County's Strong Roots

Featured Exhibits



We now house artifacts from the Ruth Maguire School of Nursing which was located in Martins Ferry, Ohio. Look for them on display this year.


For eighty years Imperial produced a diverse array of hand-crafted glass items. At the onset, production ranged from utilitarian glassware to electric and gas lampshades. Then over the next twenty years the company transitioned to making pressed patterns, Iridescent Ware (early Carnival), Free Hand and Lead Lustre. Depression & Elegant patterns, beverage ware, Cathay and Milk Glass would follow from the 1930's to 1950's. Slag Glass, reissued Carnival, Collectors Crystal,  Peachblow, and numerous gift-type glassware would be made before the company would close its doors in 1984.

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Hopalong Cassidy Exhibit

This display of items from the collection of Laura Bates, who owned and operated the Hopalong Cassidy Museum in Cambridge, Ohio, pays tribute to Hendrysburg native and seriel cowboy star William Boyd. As “Hoppy” Boyd starred in 66 motion pictures and marketed over 2,400 products bearing his name and likeness.

Frizzi Market Display

Frizzi Market in West Bellaire market was started by the Frizzi family in 1919 and closed after 100 years of family ownership. This display includes items from the store such as grocery carts, scales, postage stamp machine, and product packaging.



Hours are Thursday-Saturday, 10am-4pm.

Closed for lunch from 12-1pm.



101 E Main St.
St. Clairsville, Ohio 43950


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