The West Virginia. Cyclopedia
Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park
Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park (map), near Parkersburg, WV, in Wood County, protects this historical island in the Ohio River. Sternwheelers ferry visitors from Point Park in Parkersburg to the island, a spectacular trip in itself. The rebuilt Blennerhassett Mansion on the island's western end serves as the focal point for this unique natural preserve. An Irish aristocrat, Harmon Blennerhassett settled on the island in 1798 and built one of the most elegant estates in Virginia. The mansion burned in 1811, but its foundations were uncovered in 1973 and the mansion was rebuilt.
Archaeological excavation at the Blennerhassett Island site have revealed evidence the location had been habitated by Native Americans, from at least 9,000 B.C. A museum located in the rebuilt Blennerhassett Mansion exhibits pre-contact Indian artifacts, items once owned by the Blennerhassett family, clothing, farm tools, jewelry, furniture, guns, glass and art.
Recreation: bike paths, sternwheeler ride, horse-drawn carriage rides
Dining: picnic areas
Highlights: Blennerhassett Plantation, Sternwheeler Ferry, Blennerhassett Museum
Blennerhassett Island Historic State Park: Official Website
137 Juliana St., Parkersburg, WV 26101-5331 / Phone: (304) 420-4800