On September 29, a total of fifty members of the Beaver Valley Probus Club attended a private tour of the Sheffield Park Black History and Cultural Museum in Clarksburg. (25 members in each session).
20 buildings on site told the history of the black settlers in our area.
Carolyn Wilson, co-owner of the Museum is pictured here with some of our members.
Volunteers Shah and Ben directed our group and answered questions.
Janine another volunteer, pictured left, with owner Carolyn, welcomed the group as we entered the first main exhibit "African Beginnings"...
The self-guided tour began in the large exhibit hall of African Beginnings, and took us through the passage on the slave ships...
...to the routes to freedom depicted on the Underground Railroad quilts.
The group learned about the meanings behind the quilt designs as they led settlers to safety.
One of the outbuildings on the property - a depiction of an Abolitionists house...
The Great Lakes Shipping exhibit highlighted the black settlers contribution to the local shipping industry, with some fantastic model ships.
Models of the ships and storage in the Collingwood area.
Faming implements used by the settlers.
A typical sewing room with artifacts from local settlers.
A one-room schoolhouse...
A large exhibit of dolls and other black memorabilia.