The Pioneer Trail

Oliver Tucker Museum – Pioneer Trail

Oliver Tucker Museum
401 5th St. Beverly, Ohio
740-509-0640 |

When arriving at the Oliver Tucker Museum you will first be drawn to the restored Old Log House that sits on the property. Once home to a Marvil Starlin, Sr., the 1798 log cabin is believed to be the oldest hand-hewn log house in the Northwest Territory that is part of a museum.  Stepping inside the home you will really get a sense of what it must have been like to live in the territory.  A fascinating piece of history you will note when reading the historical marker is that 24 of Marvil’s children were born in this cabin.

The Old Log House - My Ohio Fun

Alongside the cabin is the Oliver Tucker Museum.  On the main floor of the museum you will find period furniture, military items, a collection of old cameras, antique clothing owned by the family, a local Dr.’s medical office and historical records dating back in time. Also included in the collection is a rare antique pair of Civil War Sharpshooter Glasses. Upstairs you will find riverboat artifacts and history.

Oliver Tucker Museum

While you are there, make sure you check out the China Dessert Tea Set with the Dodge Family Crest and butterfly handles. The set won first prize at the First World’s Fair and Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

In addition to the tea set, you will also find in the museum, a coat that once belonged to the famous “Buffalo Bill Cody”.  The story behind how this famous person’s coat landed in the museum is fascinating.

Oliver Tucker Museum

On the creepier side you will find encased in glass from 1865, a Victorian flower arrangement made of human hair.  Creating pieces of art or jewelry with loved one’s hair was the norm during the Victorian period.

My Ohio Fun Road Trip Note:

The Lower Muskingum Historical Society requires no admission to visit the museum and cabin. Donations are always accepted. Parking is available alongside the museum or along Dodge Park a block away on 6th Street.  You can visit the museum anytime with a prearranged appointment. The museum and Log House are open every Saturday and Sunday from 1pm-4pm during the months of June-August.

Before you go:

Visit to view their Travel guide, request a FREE copy, and/or to check out their list of Itineraries.

Washington County Convention and Visitor Bureau
241 Front Street Suite 7, Marietta, Ohio 45750
740.373.5178 or 1.800.288.2577 |

What to bring:

A camera.  Always pack a cooler for those perishables you may find along the way.  Bring appropriate shoes for any outdoor hiking or adventures.

Read the book:

The Heroic Story of the Settlers- THE PIONEERS by David McCullough.
A perfect book to read as you explore the history of Marietta and the pioneers who settled there.


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740-509-0640 |

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I would like to thank the Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau for being such a gracious host and planning all my itinerary.

Article and photos by: D. Rock,
Any use of the above article or images without prior permission, will be in violation of copyright laws. 

***Disclosure: The Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau paid for my day of touring and overnight accommodations.  As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***