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Heading West... or Settling Here?
1789 DIORAMA OF LIMESTONE LANDING
At the time of the Revolutionary War, the Ohio River was the main pathway open from the original thirteen colonies to the western frontier. A major stop after Fort Duquesne (now Pittsburgh) was Limestone, a small port on the south bank of the river where settlers could unload their flatboats and escape the Indian threat to the north by proceeding inland.
Led by men like Simon Kenton and Daniel Boone, many pioneers continued west, but others stayed in Limestone—which they officially renamed Maysville in 1833. But whether they stayed in the area or passed through, each contributed to our history. It is this rich legacy that we share through our fine collection of dioramas, artifacts and art.
The Power of Ordinary Things
As historian David McCullough puts it, “history is who we are and why we are the way we are.” From quilts to clothing, from weapons to movie posters, nothing brings history to life like the everyday things our ancestors actually used. When we hold these things in our hands, or see them up close, we touch the lives of those who have gone before. These artifacts tell stories of courage, creativity, and celebrity.
Videos available in our Wormald Area History Gallery
Steamboat Days in Maysville