Celebrating 150 Years of VCNB

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Our History

Our bank began when two banks opened in McArthur, Ohio in 1867. The first was The Vinton County Bank while the other was Will, Brown and Company. The two banks merged the following year and Daniel Will, the founder of Will Brown and company became President of the newly consolidated bank.

Dan would lead the bank for 57 years, until his death in 1924 at the age of 92.

That’s how our story began 150 years ago.

Daniel owned stores in McArthur and Zaleski and was very much a merchant at heart. He saw that his customers needed a safe place to keep their money and a trustworthy lender to borrow money from. These principles of security and trust are what Daniel Will built his bank on and they are the same principles that we strive to follow all these years later.

Over the decades, members of Daniel Will’s family have maintained involvement in the bank and today continue to be employed and hold positions of leadership in this historic institution.

Some of our customers belong to families that have banked with us since we opened our doors in 1867. Many more have been with us for several generations while others are new to the bank. No matter their background, we love our customers. We also love and appreciate our communities, always looking for ways that we can help.

We are celebrating our 150th anniversary throughout 2017. This summer, we will hold our biggest event over 4th of July weekend as part of the Vinton County High School Athletic Boosters’ 4th of July Celebration. We sincerely hope to see you at the many events happening that weekend. See below for some of the activities the bank will be hosting and involved with that weekend!


Have your picture taken with Vinton County’s largest American flag!

Friday, June 30

6:30 p.m. Vinton County Athletic Boosters’ 4th of July Parade

We’re the Grand Marshals! Come enjoy the parade and a free horse-drawn wagon ride following the parade! Then take part in the 4th of July activities at Vinton County High School. The Miss Vinton County pageant will headline the evening at Vinton County High School for a small admission fee.

Saturday, July 1

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Antique, Classic, & Hot Rod Show sponsored by VCNB

The Antique Car Club of Southern Ohio is organizing this huge car show in honor of our birthday! While there, take part in other festival activities including inflatables for the kids, vendors, a Kiddie Tractor Pull, food and other entertainment. The Little Miss Vinton County pageant will take place later that evening for a small admission fee.

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. VCNB Open House

Come to where it all began 150 years ago! The bank invites you to stop by our McArthur office for refreshments, entertainment by the Adelphi Band and for a tour of the bank’s new museum! A brief ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. to open the event. The first 250 attendees will receive a VCNB Cat’s Meow piece.

8 p.m. Jason Michael Carroll Concert sponsored by VCNB

JMCNashville recording artist Jason Michael Carroll will perform at Vinton County High School. His hits include Livin’ Our Love Song, Alyssa Lies and Where I’m From. Tickets are on sale now! General admission tickets are $10 and reserved seats are $15. Purchase general admission tickets in advance at Spring Street Sports in McArthur and reserved or general seats at the Vinton County Auditor’s Office.

Here’s a link to one of our favorite songs! Want to know more about him? Visit his official page!

Fireworks will also be held Saturday night.

Sunday, July 2

1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Vinton County National Bank Day

Civil War Muffins

Vinton County teams will play the Ohio Village Muffins and the Lady Diamonds in nineteenth century baseball games on Sunday, July 2.

The bank will sponsor some unique activities for the entire family today! Plan to spend the afternoon enjoying free events! The Ohio Village Muffins mens’ team and the Lady Diamonds womens’ team will play bankers and members of the community in a double header, using 1860’s baseball rules and uniforms. That means wool uniforms, no mitts and a whole different set of rules than we’re used to playing with in 2017! The women will play at 1 p.m. and the men’s game will follow at 3 p.m.

Throughout the afternoon, there will be old-fashioned games for kids and music provided by Steve and Lisa Ball who use Civil War era instruments to play period music. Watch them perform in this clip! Also, meet President Abraham Lincoln and General George Armstrong Custer and have your picture taken!

While you’re there, remember the Boosters will have food, alumni tournaments and other fun going on this afternoon!

Plus, the first 150 kids to the festivities will receive a 150th Commemorative Piggy Bank. One piggy bank will contain $25!

We are still adding to our celebration activities so sure to check back for more information! We hope to see you there!

Thanks to the Vinton County High School Athletic Boosters for allowing us to take part in their weekend of festivities. It is our honor to sponsor and help with their events. Follow the Boosters on Facebook to learn more about their events!


Historic Photo Contest

VCNB is asking local history buffs to dig through their old photographs for their best images of Vinton County! A contest will be held to choose the best antique/vintage pictures and prizes will be awarded. This contest is being held in conjunction with the bank’s 150th anniversary celebration.

Pictures of local life from Vinton County’s past are welcomed including streetscapes, landscapes, architecture, people, industry, nature and all other aspects of local life during our bank’s history. Pictures should be at least 40 years old.

This competition is meant to give the owners of historic photos a way to bring their pictures out of the attic and into the public eye. All of the photos entered in the contest are subject to be included in a compilation presented on CD to local schools, historical society and the library for generations of future researchers to enjoy and learn from.

Pictures may be submitted digitally either on a disc or by emailing brandi.betts@vintoncountybank.com. Pictures submitted in person should not be matted or framed and can be submitted to Vinton County National Bank at 112 W. Main St., McArthur, OH 45651, ATTN: Brandi Betts. All submitted pictures will be carefully scanned and returned to the owners. Originals will not be kept. However, if the owner wishes to relinquish ownership we will help facilitate a donation to the historical society.

The very best pictures will be printed for use in a display in the bank’s McArthur office during our 150th celebration in July. Entries are due by June 2 and the contest winners will be announced during an Open House at the bank on July 1. There is no limit on the number pictures one person can submit however every picture must be accompanied by an entry form. Complete rules and entry forms can be picked up at the bank or printed from below. Click on picture to enlarge.

Photo contest entry form and guidelines

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