A Classic Experience
Anyone who uses public libraries knows what an asset they are to the community, and Briggs Lawrence County Public Library is one of the best. Along with a first-rate selection of materials and an outstanding genealogy department, the library offers a variety of services including programs for both children and adults.
Another stop should be the Lawrence County Museum, a Victorian-Italian villa built by James Ferguson. The three and a-half-story brick was once home to Colonel Gray, an ironmaster, whose wife, Eliza Ann Humphreys, was the granddaughter of John Rankin.
The John Campbell Home is an Early Victorian brick built by Campbell in the 1850s. Campbell, founder of Ironton, was a pioneer ironmaster and railroad developer. He was also an active abolitionist and aided fugitive slaves by hiding them in two semi-concealed rooms under the hip roof of his home. It has 22 rooms and now houses the Community Action Organization.
There are many historic buildings in Ironton, including the Lawrence County Courthouse. The stone Greek revival “County Capitol” style courthouse was completed by J.C. Unkefer & Company in 1907.
In Ironton, at the Second Street Landing, the Floodwalls Murals can be viewed. Local artists have created art murals along the floodwalls facing the Ohio River depicting the history of Lawrence County.
Engineers and non-engineers alike can appreciate the state-of-the-art design of the Proctorville Suspension Bridge. This award-winning bridge carries commuters from the eastern end of Lawrence County to East Huntington in West Virginia. After a busy day, people can be entertained at several outlets including the River Front Amphitheater and Shelter in the quaint riverfront village of South Point.