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Portsmouth in Scioto County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage

 
 
Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 2, 2012
1. Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage Marker
Inscription.  

Introduction
The idea of painting murals on the floodwall first occurred to lifetime residents Dr. Louis R. and Ava Chaboudy in 1992 after viewing outdoor murals in Steubenville, Ohio. An ad hoc committee was formed and the decision was made to transform the floodwall into a beautiful outdoor art gallery depicting the history of Portsmouth and the surrounding area. In May 1993, internationally known muralist Robert Dafford from Lafayette, Louisiana began painting on the longest mural in the project, the 1903 scene of Portsmouth.

The mural project was completed in October of 2002 with 2,200 square feet of art and 52 magnificently painted murals.

The Mound Builders
The Mound Builders built and occupied mounds in Southern Ohio long before explorers came to the New World. The central area of this mural reveals a linear image of two horseshoe-shaped mounds, in what is known as Mound Park, that course southeastward across the Ohio River to a “medicine wheel” mound located at the Hardin Farm near Siloam, Kentucky. This lineup of mounds is said to have had some equinoctial significance to
Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage Marker and Murals image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 2, 2012
2. Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage Marker and Murals
the Mound Builders.

Mound Park is located on Grant Street in Portsmouth and Serpent Mound is on State Route 73, six miles north of State Route 32 and 20 miles south of Bainbridge in Adams County, Ohio.

“Ancient Legacies Of The Ohio River Valley”, A monumental exhibition of 10,000 prehistoric Native American artifacts from the Mound Builders cultures of the Ohio River Valley. Opening late summer or early fall 2004 in the Mezzanine Gallery of the Southern Ohio Museum, located at 825 Gallia Street, Portsmouth.

Early Shawnee Village, 1730
Shawnee Indians first arrived in the Mid Ohio Valley during the 1100’s, migrating from Central Mexico. Since they were nomadic and traveled great distances, they became knowledgeable traders. The Shawnee returned to the area in the late 1600’s, traveling west from Pennsylvania. This mural shows a winter scene of a Shawnee Village with a view from the north, looking across the Ohio River. The Native Americans in the mural can be seen wearing customary clothing and jewelry. The men in the picture are busy in the activity of trading while the children play. The huts were composed primarily of tree bark and animal hides covering wooden frames.

Celeron DeBlainville, 1749
This mural is a larger-than-life size copy of a mural by H.H. Wessel, located in the law library of the Scioto County
The Mound Builders Mural image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 2, 2012
3. The Mound Builders Mural
Mural by Robert Dafford
Courthouse. The French General, Celeron de Blainville, is shown meeting with Native Americans and a few British traders at the confluence of the Ohio and Scioto Rivers laying claim to the entire Ohio Valley and its tributaries. This was done by burying lead plates at certain locations along the course of the Ohio River. The original painting can be viewed at the Scioto County Courthouse, located on 6th Street, Portsmouth.
 
Erected by Portsmouth Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraExplorationNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Ohio, Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage series list.
 
Location. 38° 43.844′ N, 83° 0.016′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, Ohio, in Scioto County. Marker is on Front Street east of Court Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Portsmouth OH 45662, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also
Early Shawnee Village, 1730 Mural image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 2, 2012
4. Early Shawnee Village, 1730 Mural
Mural by Robert Dafford
named Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage (about 500 feet away); Portsmouth and the Ohio River (about 500 feet away); First Presbyterian Church (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage (about 700 feet away); All Saints' Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
 
Also see . . .  Portsmouth, Ohio, Murals. (Submitted on September 10, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Celeron DeBlainville, 1749 Mural image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 2, 2012
5. Celeron DeBlainville, 1749 Mural
Mural by Robert Dafford
The Mound Builders Mural Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 2, 2012
6. The Mound Builders Mural Detail
Mural by Robert Dafford
Early Shawnee Village Mural Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 2, 2012
7. Early Shawnee Village Mural Detail
Mural by Robert Dafford
Faux Reliefs Mural at East End of Floodwall Murals image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 12, 2012
8. Faux Reliefs Mural at East End of Floodwall Murals
Mural by Robert Dafford
Portsmouth, Ohio Floodwall Murals Welcome Mural image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 2, 2012
9. Portsmouth, Ohio Floodwall Murals Welcome Mural
Mural by Robert Dafford
Portsmouth, Ohio Floodwall Murals Audio Tour image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 2, 2012
10. Portsmouth, Ohio Floodwall Murals Audio Tour
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 10, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 698 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on September 10, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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