Barnesville is a village in Belmont County, Ohio, United States. It is located in the central portion of Warren Township in the western side of Belmont County and is part of the Wheeling, West Virginia Metropolitan Statistical Area. The town was named after James Barnes, who was the first settler.

Fun Facts

Barnesville is the birth home to Wilson Shannon. Shannon was Ohio's first native born Governor who served two non-consecutive terms and later governed the Kansas Territory for the longest consecutive term of 9 months of an 11-month term.

Barnesville was considered the strawberry capital of the world, shipping strawberries twice a day by train to Chicago. It also was the first community in the state to grow cigar tobacco.

Barnesville is home to Isaac Parker, the hanging judge. He served as judge here in Belmont county then served as judge at Fort Smith Arkansas in the late 1800s where he was sentenced 160 people to hang (Only 79 were actually executed. The rest died in incarceration, appealed, or were pardoned).

Shannon Family from Mt. Olivet. Wilson Shannon, first native born governor (see above). His brother, Thomas, was born in Washington P A but moved with his parents to Belmont County. He served in the war of 1812 as a captain. He served as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives from 1819-1822 then came back to Barnesville to become a leaf-tobacco merchant. Another brother, George, was the youngest member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Elisha Gray, inventor, was born in Barnesville. There is controversy surrounding him and Alexander Graham Bell over who invented the Telephone first. Gray reportedly submitted his patent first but there is controversy over what happened next. Some say that the patent office put a suspension on Bell's patent (since they were submitted at the same time, this was in order to give Gray more time to give a more detailed report since his was supposedly filed first). The story then goes that there was a conversation between Bell's lawyer and the patent office. Bell's claim won.

Fun Facts

Total Area: of 1.95 square miles (5.05 km2)
Land:1.94 square miles (5.02 km2)
Water: 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2)
1,270 ft. (387m)
Total: 4,193

Area Amenities

  • 130 Fair Street
    Barnesville, OH 43713
    Barnesville Memorial Park features a newly renovated swimming pool, recently constructed main playground, swings, a gazebo, Albert S.
  • 532 N Chestnut Street
    Barnesville, OH 43713
    532 N. Chestnut St. Award winning and built in the 1800’s is this 26-room mansion of elegance.
  • 35000 Muskrat Road
    Barnesville, OH 43713

    35000 Muskrat Rd. I-70 Exit 202 South 1 mile, west 1 mile on Muskrat Rd. 

  • 124 N Chestnut St
    Barnesville, OH 43713

    Chestnut & Church Streets. This 1902 “Chinese Gothic” native red sandstone church contains magnificent stained glass windows imported from Willet Studio in Pittsburgh, PA.

  • 56640 Somerton Highway
    Somerton, OH 43713

    I-70 Exit 202 - take Rt. 800 south through Barnesville.  Continue 7 miles south towards Somerton. Barn is on the right at 56640 Somerton Highway, Barnesville.  

  • 37850 Bethesda-Barnesville Rd
    Barnesville, OH 43713

    I-70 Exit 208, go south on #149. Turn right(west) onto #147. At Bethesda 4-way stop, continue west on #147. The barn is located approx.

  • 68965 North Rd.
    Barnesville, OH 43713

    I-70 Exit 202 and take Rt. 800 northwest to County. Rd. 108 (North Rd.) just before Hendrysburg. Travel 4 miles and the barn is on the right with quilt pattern facing north.

  • 61830 Sandy Ridge Rd.
    Barnesville, OH 43713

    Sandy Ridge Rd. (off Rt. 147, east of town) The plain federal style brick building seats 1,500. Built in 1878 to house the Ohio Yearly Meeting of Conservative Friends.

  • 400 North Street
    Barnesville, OH 43713

    Rt. 800 S., left at first light onto Church St. to Mulberry St. intersects with Watt Ave., turn left. The original office building of the Watt Car and Wheel Company.

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