TORONTO - Ruins, artifacts, cemeteries and other history related to Yellow Creek will be part of a self-guided tour of the region sponsored by the Historical Society of Toronto.
The free Follow the Yellow Creek tour begins at noon Saturday at the society's Main Street Museum, 210 Main St., and is based on two books written by the late Dr. Robert Wilson Schilling, according to Linda McFerren, historical society vice president.
"It's a self-guided tour of northern Jefferson County," said McFerren. "People can pick up tour brochures that tell the history behind the stops at the museum.
TOUR PLANNED — Historical markers, cemeteries and structures related to Yellow Creek history will be some of the stops during the Follow the Yellow Creek Tour beginning at noon Saturday at the Historical Society of Toronto’s Main Street Museum, 210 Main St. The free, self-guided tour will include stops relating to two books on Yellow Creek written by the late Dr. Robert Wilson Schilling. - Mark Miller
"The tour is based on 'Tales of Yellow Creek' and 'Yellow Creek Stories,' written in 1942 and 1947," McFerren continued, adding both books recently have been republished. "The reason it was called Yellow Creek was because there was a lot of salt near the creek. The (American Indians) used Yellow Creek to go all the way to Sandusky."
The books tell of tales relating to the creek in Jefferson County beginning around what is now present-day Bergholz, McFerren said. She added the Yellow Creek area was the founding of the first post office between East Liverpool and Steubenville.
"All the (tour stops) revolve around the history of the books, which were recently republished by Virginia Glenn, the great-, great-niece of Dr. Schilling," McFerren said. "She will be here at the museum that day, telling stories from the book as well as selling (the books)."
The first stop on the tour will be Standing Rock, which "sits in the middle of the creek," said McFerren. "It used to be a meeting place for (American Indians) in the 1700s."
"We will have some tour guides at some of the stops," said Carolyn Walker, society president, adding Hollow Rock Campground also is a tour destination.
The tour will include a stop at the Hollow Rock Museum, and the campgrounds will be open during the tour," said Walker.
"There are lots of ruins, including the tunnel mill, which helped power a grist mill," said Walker, adding another stop includes the Mooretown Mill ruins.
Other stops will include the site of the former McCullough's Children's Home, home to 2,500 children from 1914 to 1958; the Civil War monument at the former Mooretown Village; the Bethel Lutheran Cemetery; Hale's Meeting House; the Island Creek Pioneer Cemetery; the Pittinger Home; and other historical landmarks.
"There are 17 stops on the tour," said Walker, adding the Main Street Museum will be open until 3:30 p.m. the day of the tour.
The tour is free, although donations for the museum will be accepted. For information, call (740) 537-2157.
(Miller can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.)