Barnesville in Belmont County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Roby Cigar Museum
This shop has about 90% of its original equipment. When it started up there was no electricity in Belmont. Electricity came to Belmont about 1918-20; before that most all shops relied on natural light through glass windows. This shop got electric power by 1925.
The stripping machine had an electric motor added to run it. Before then it was run by foot power through 2 pedals which were pumped like an organ. All the work benches that the ladies worked at were made from shipping crates that tobacco dust came in. A large portion of the tobacco for the area was grown in and around Woodsfield and Monroe county.
The original site of this building was on the Roby property on Railroad Street, behind the family home. Belmont had at least 15 cigar making companies within it's corporation limits in the early 1900's. Today there are none.
In 1987 the building was purchased by Richard Thompson. What you see here is about half of that original building. In 1994 it was donated to Barnesville by Richard and Connie Thompson in memory of Harry and Marjorie Thompson of Belmont, Ohio.
Location. Touch for map. Marker (sheet of paper inside a display case) is located at the old Barnesville Railroad Depot. Marker is in this post office area: Barnesville OH 43713, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Barnesville War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); September 11, 2001 (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Village Bell (approx. 0.2 miles away); Barnesville Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Watt Car and Wheel Company (approx. 0.2 miles away); B&O Railroad Tunnel (approx. 0.2 miles away); VFW Post 2792 Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Governor Wilson Shannon 1802-1877 / Barnesville’s Shannon Family (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Barnesville.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 29, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 302 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 29, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.