Monroe County HIstorical Scavenger Hunt Hosted by Mentorship Program

Participants are pictured at the Monroe County Bicentennial barn.The Monroe County Juvenile Court hosted a Monroe County Historical Scavenger Hunt for the Mentorship Program that included eleven destinations.

The tour began in Woodsfield, where individuals toured the Hollister-Parry Museum, Oakridge Byer Stone School , Yaussy-Winkler Dairy Museum, the Monroe County Courthouse, and Pioneer Cemetery.   The museum, school, and dairy tours were guided by Monroe County Historical Society volunteers who were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic.  The Historical Society was instrumental in organizing this event and providing many colorful accounts of our beautiful county.

The Courthouse tour was given by County Auditor and Juvenile Court mentor, Pandora Neuhart, who afterwards stated, “The Juvenile Court Scavenger Hunt hosted by Judge Sickler and Lisa Carpenter, Mentor Program Coordinator, was an awesome experience for both the mentors and the mentees.  It was a very educational experience which the mentees seemed to enjoy.”

Brown bag lunches were provided by the Juvenile Court with generous donations by Reisbeck’s  Market and McDonalds.  Lunches in hand, the group headed out for the historical loop down State Route 78 to the Ohio Valley River Museum in Clarington, Ohio where they were given a guided tour of the beautiful facility.  The museum displays amazing history of the role locals took in the building of boats which traveled the majestic Ohio River.

They proceeded onto Sardis, Ohio to see the Town Pump that in the past was a source of water for the locals to share.  Afterward all enjoyed delicious hand-dipped ice cream at Marv’s Place.  The restaurant was bustling with chatter about the day’s events.  A juvenile court mentor, Debbie Chambers, stated, “This was an amazing day for the mentors and mentees.”  

The next stop was George Washington roadside marker located in Fly, Ohio.  All participants agreed that a highlight of the tour was riding the Fly/Sistersville Ferry across the beautiful Ohio River. While in Sistersville, WV they visited John Eckels Landing.  They learned much about past oil and gas activity in Tyler County and enjoyed a picturesque view of the Ohio River.  From there they proceeded up State Route 800 to take a look at the Bicentennial Barn on the way back to Woodsfield.

Approximately twenty-five were in attendance for the event and many agreed it was a fun, fact filled day.   Several emails and calls were received after the event expressing gratitude for the event.   Judge Sickler stated, “This was a tremendous activity to show our mentors and mentees significant historical facts about Monroe County, and the life and times of the ancestors of people we all know at the present time.”   The Juvenile Court organizes these events for the Mentorship Program, an effort to provide positive experiences and to broaden  horizons.  Mentees come from various backgrounds and are referred into the program through the juvenile court, as well as outside sources: Job & Family Services, Family & Children First, and Switzerland of Ohio Local School District.  The Mentorship Program provides these youth with a responsible adult who guides and inspires them to reach their full potential.  Mentors also come from various backgrounds; offering the youth educated perspectives of life challenges based on their own experiences.  They feel called to mentor the youth of our community.

If you have any questions regarding the Mentorship Program or feel a tug in your heart to help our youth, please call Lisa Carpenter, Mentor Program Coordinator, at 740-472-5790 to chat about how you could make a difference in a child’s life.

Pictured below: Participants are pictured on the Sistersville/Fly Ferry.