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For the first time in 143 years, South Charleston’s town hall sports a sign letting the public know the Opera House, maintained by the South Charleston Heritage Commission, is located on the second floor.

(Posted Sept. 1, 2021)

Sue Mattinson, president of the South Charleston Heritage Commission, shared the following updates on the organization’s projects, activities and events. To learn more, follow the commission on Facebook.

• After 143 years, South Charleston Town Hall finally has a sign letting people know the Opera House is located on the building’s second floor. Tom Shoemaker, a former South Charleston resident and longtime supporter of the Heritage Commission, covered the cost of the sign.

The sign will be helpful for out-of-town guests attending events taking place at the Opera House, Mattinson said. Previously, there was no sign on the building letting people know it contained an opera house.

• Installation of a new stair lift at the Opera House is scheduled for the last weekend of October. The Heritage Commission plans to host the community Christmas program at the Opera House on Dec. 4-5.

“Now, we’ll have access for everyone to be able to attend,” Mattinson said.

• Plans are in the works to repair the chinking on the commission’s historic log house prior to the Heritage Days Festival slated for Sept. 25-26. Next spring, the plan is to replace the windows on the historic train depot.

• Mattinson’s book about prolific South Charleston architect Edward Edwards is in stock and available for purchase. The commission has sold more than 100 copies to date. Copies will be available for purchase at the Heritage Days Festival.

• The Ohio Rail Experience returns on Oct. 16, offering passenger train rides between South Charleston and Jeffersonville. The organization is donating tickets to be raffled off at the Heritage Days Festival.

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