The Meigs County Historical Museum will be relocating to 399 South Third Avenue in Middleport after serving many years on Butternut Avenue in Pomeroy.
The move was necessitated after near record annual rainfall amounts made the ground at the Pomeroy facility dangerously unstable. The hillside behind the museum gave way forcing a next-door neighbor to abandon their residence.
Museum Director Vicki Hanson described much of the remodeling that was needed to prepare the Middleport facility for the relocation and anticipated the completion by September 1. She also said professional movers had been hired to handle heavy and delicate items.
“I was so hoping we were going to get a grant,” Hanson said. “Our funding is memberships, merchandise sales and donations from people and we need something to sustain us."
Hanson said the move is essential because insurance has said damage caused by landslides will not be covered and the Middleport ‘1872 building’ needs roof repairs.
“We are going to have a half mil levy on the ballot in November,” Hanson said. “It will be for museum operation and maintenance.”
As always, the historical society staff will be at the Meigs County Fair in the log cabin between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. and the museum will be closed. The Meigs County Fair runs from August 12-17, 2019. Gates open 7 a.m.. to 11 p.m. every day of the fair.