Boneyfiddle Military Museum

The Boneyfiddle Military Museum is located at 421 Front Street, in the historic Boneyfiddle District of Portsmouth, Ohio.

One of the earliest European settlements in Scioto County, Boneyfiddle eventually became Portsmouth’s city center, and continued as such through the early part of the 1900s, even as the young men of the region were called to serve in the Great War.

Surviving floods, economic downturn and abandonment, this part of town has been seeing a bit of a revival as an entertainment district, as more and more local entrepreneurs create restaurants, shops, and even a micro-brewery, in its historic buildings.

The Boneyfiddle Military Museum is located in such a building. According to the Scioto County Visitors Bureau, the Museum “contains displays of miliary uniforms, equipment, awards and numerous other artifacts of our country’s military endeavors.”

From what I can tell, the Museum is curated and operated by Mike Russel, whose efforts are supported through admissions and donations.

Open since 2004, I was unaware of the Museum’s existence until just recently, and although opening hours are limited, I plan on dropping by the next time I am in town. I’ve heard it described as one of Portsmouth’s “hidden gems.”

Boneyfiddle Military Museum

421 Front Street
Portsmouth, Ohio 45662

421 Front Street, as it exists today.

Front Street during the 1913 Ohio River Flood.

The small, narrow building at the center of the photo, behind the utility pole would become the future home of the Boneyfiddle Military Museum, 91 years later.  Only a couple of these buildings with their original facades still exist.