The Belmont County Victorian Mansion Museum in Barnesville is dressed and ready for holiday tours and teas.
The former Bradfield-Watt home welcomes people of all ages, transporting them back to 1893, when life was very different. The Bradfield family owned the bank and the livery stable.
So this house is a bit more elegant and extravagant that the average family home. The courting nook is where young people entertained a date, with a chaperone sitting there too. The women wore long gowns, and there were servants to do all the work. But it was not all elegance and ease.
“When it came to life expectancy, 46 was generally how old you lived. Medicines, they bled people, they used leeches, aspirin was not common and no antibiotics. So it was a nice time to visit for 2-3 weeks but I love the 21st century and 2015 is fine for me,” said Mansion Board President Emery Stewart.
There was electricity, but it was only available about one hour a day. Families had many children, knowing that perhaps only half them would live to adulthood. The museum is open every weekend through the holidays and into January. Reservations are encouraged.
The number to call is (740) 425-1457.