January 30, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
The Scenic Scioto Heritage Trail announced on Wednesday the addition of a new site, The McCall Family Stone House in West Portsmouth.
“The style of the house is a Pennsylvania Stone House, this is one of the last examples of this kind of home in this area,” said Bill Tipton, Scenic Scioto Heritage Trail spokesperson. “This house was built in 1814 for or by the McCall Family. Solomon McCall was one of the people that came into this area with Nathaniel Massie and did some survey work for him.”
Tipton said Massie bought land grants from the Revolutionary War soldiers, put it all together and ended up owning 1,500 acres in the area.
“At one time the McCall family property ran from here (location of the McCall Family Stone House) one mile on the north side of Buena Vista, four miles by the river down to Sandy Springs,” Tipton said. “They cleared the land and started the agriculture and got involved in the stone industry which went on for another 75 years.”
According to www.scenicsciotoheritagetrail.com, the trail was established in 2007, “and located in Scioto County in South Central Ohio the Scenic Scioto Heritage Trail offers those who travel its over 84-miles a journey through the lush foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and through an area rich in history, full of river lore and native American influences.
Currently containing 44 points of interest the Scenic Scioto Heritage Trail enables the traveler the opportunity to capture the full flavor of the region and experience the varied topography and natural beauty of the area.”
Tipton said each location on the trail is marked by an interpretive sign that details some of the history of the location.
“The Scenic Scioto Heritage Trail is ongoing and I do not think it will ever end because we keep finding more and more historic things,” Tipton said.
He said the Scenic Scioto Heritage Trail committee is continually examining potential sites that’s brought before them to consider.
“We are currently considering other sites right now. There are several that we’re involved with. One of the future projects we would like to work on is the old Portsmouth Road, that goes from Route 52 from around Carrie’s Run down to the lock on the river, a terminal of the Ohio Erie Canal. There is still enough of it there that’s worth saving,” Tipton said.
The group had published a map of all locations and directions to get there. Tipton said that map is currently being updated to reflect new sites that’s been added since the map was published.
For more information about the Scenic Scioto Heritage Trail visit, www.scenicsciotoheritagetrail.com.
Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228, or firstname.lastname@example.org.