Okay, so you’re looking to take a day off from Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack, and Resort but you feel the only way to maximize your time exploring the area means venturing 45 minutes east to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Two words for you: Think again. There is plenty to do if you travel a simple 20 minutes south of New Cumberland and hit up towns like Steubenville, Ohio, or Weirton, West Virginia. Or you can drive directly west and locate the Rogers Community Auction and Flea Market in nearby Rogers, Ohio.
If you’re gaming at Mountaineer in the spring, summer, and early fall months, you don’t have to go far for entertainment if Mountaineer’s acts aren’t up to your liking for the night.
And if you love oldies, check out the Peter Tarr Furnace Site, the Marshall House, and the Graham Building, among other interesting locations.
Here are the seven attractions to explore when taking a break from West Virginia casinos.
Fort Steuben Park
Located in Steubenville, Ohio, the home of Dean Martin and DiCarlo’s Pizza, rests a historic structure known as Fort Steuben. Erected in February 1787 to protect the surveyors of the seven ranges in the Northwest Territory, this landmark is a reconstruction of the original fort.
So, what does the fort’s purpose serve these days? Or better yet, the park in which the fort is located? It’s a historical site complete with a Veteran’s Memorial Fountain, the Berkman Amphitheater, and the Museum Shop and Steubenville Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Fort Steuben Park and Downtown Steubenville are also home to the world-famous Nutcracker Village, a Christmas-themed festival that kicked off in 2015. It features 150 nutcracker sculptures throughout the area and is open 24 hours a day from Thanksgiving until Epiphany Sunday.
Oh, and if you’re hanging out around Fort Steuben Park, don’t forget to venture downtown and check out those murals, including a life-sized portrait of Dean Martin and two that pay tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen.
In all, you’ll find 25 murals if you’re up to lurking around Downtown Steubenville. Walking tours are available, so definitely check those out if you venture to The Ville.
Looking for some exciting and outstanding scenery and exercise? What about a hiking experience? Or perhaps you just want to take a selfie standing at the West Virginia-Pennsylvania state line?
The fantastic thing about this trail is its multiple entrances. So, if you’re not one to venture far but would love to experience Northern West Virginia’s forested scenery in the summer, winter, and fall, then this is the place for you.
Admission is free and as long as you’re venturing the old rail trail between dawn and dusk, you’re in business. Experience nature, some old, abandoned factories and mill plants from the past that still stand near the trail, and of course, catch breathtaking photos of the adjacent Harmon Creek.
Nothing compares to the wild and wonderful nature that defines the State of West Virginia and its many trails. And if you’re not up for venturing too far from Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack, and Resort, check out the closer Tomlinson Run State Park, which is the home to trails with varying levels of difficulty.
Oliver S. Marshall House
Also known as the McNeil House, this historic landmark is located right in Mountaineer’s backyard. Okay, maybe not literally the backyard, but it’s within walking distance or a short drive from the casino.
So, if you’re in the mood to quit gambling but would love to remain near the casino grounds, this is the tourist destination for you.
Today, the Marshall House operates as the Hancock County Museum. If you’re one who makes it a point to visit historic landmarks, this is definitely the place for you if you’re at the nearby casino.
Rogers Community Auction and Flea Market
One person’s trash is another person’s treasure, right? Located just across the bridge to Ohio and about a 15-minute drive north lies the Rogers Community Auction and Flea Market, one of the State of Ohio’s largest open-air markets.
Having opened in 1955, this market sits on 250 acres and is open year-round. Its vendors include perishable items like produce to vendors that produce clothing, antiques, and other novelties.
With over 1,600 vendors’ spaces, no admission fee, and free parking, what’s there not to love if you’re looking to hopefully spend some of those winnings on hidden treasure right across the river, right?
Even if you’re not interested in taking home an assortment of mementos from your travels to Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack, and Resort, visiting the Rogers Flea Market is definitely an experience to remember.
Just a simple walkthrough will clear your mind before you hit up another few hours of gaming over in New Cumberland.
S & T Bank Music Park
The locals still refer to it as Star Lake. So, if you run into anyone at the casino and they’re talking about the big show happening at Star Lake, they’re referring to S & T Bank Music Park.
They may also refer to it as either the Post-Gazette, First Niagara, or KeyBank Pavilion. Now that you know that the amphitheater changes names about once every five years, you should also know it’s home to the world’s greatest acts in live entertainment.
If you’re in the area from May to October and don’t mind traveling southeast to nearby Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, pay this venue a visit. Whether you’d rather sit in the grandstand or if you’re one for standing room, there ain’t a bad seat in the house at this venue.
Peter Tarr Furnace Site
Okay, so we covered the Oliver S. Marshall House and Fort Steuben. But if you’re a history buff, you must visit the Peter Tarr Furnace Site.
While the 230-year-old structure might just look like an old ruin to the naked eye, this site served as a predecessor to the modern steel mill under the entity Connel, Tarr, & Company. Using local timber as fuel, the site produced two-tons of steel daily during its years of operation.
During the War of 1812, the site manufactured cannonballs that were used by the US Navy during the famous Battle of Lake Erie.
The metal also produced items like cooking utensils, iron grates, and other home-based amenities. The structure sits on 1.5 acres of land and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.
New Cumberland is the home of not one but two buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. So, if you’re looking to appreciate some cool architecture near Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack, and Resort, stop by the Graham Building, also known as the First National Bank of New Cumberland.
Some of the most prominent features covering this 120-year-old building include its elevated basement, elevated recessed corner entry, and Doric order columns.
Built in 1903, the building has served many purposes over the years, including as the location of the First National Bank until 1927. It has also been a funeral home, a hardware store, and from 1921 to 1990, Graham’s Department Store, hence its name.
The Graham Building is also sometimes referred to as the Ross Building, and it became part of the US National Register of Historic Places in 2000.
This is yet another location that is a must-see if you’re into classic architecture. Since it’s not far from the casino, it’s the perfect place to visit if you’re not interested in venturing too far from New Cumberland.
It’s also a great place to visit in conjunction with the Oliver S. Marshall House since each sits in proximity to the other in the tiny town of New Cumberland.
Variety is the best way to describe what you’ll find in and around Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack, and Resort. And the clear upside is that there is something to suit everyone’s needs if you need a day off from the casino gaming or the horse races.
Places like the Panhandle Trail are fantastic if you’re the outdoorsy kind of person while if live entertainment is your thing, then the S & T Bank Music Park should be on your list.
But if you’re into oldies, then this area is a prime hotspot, from Steubenville’s Fort Steuben Park to the Marshall House, Graham Building, and Peter Tarr Furnace Site. The history buff in you will enjoy this area around Mountaineer than anyone else.
Have you ventured to Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack, and Resort or have you visited any of the nearby attractions listed above? Let us know and tell us about your experience.