Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park, Parkersburg

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Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park is a state park located on Blennerhassett Island, a small island in the Ohio River, located in Wood County, West Virginia, USA. The property was the site of a Palladian mansion owned by Harman Blennerhassett, a participant in some of the alleged intrigues of Aaron Burr, and his wife Margaret Agnew. While the original mansion burned to the ground long ago, a detailed replica, which can be toured, has been built on its foundations. The Blennerhasset mansion greatly resembled George Washington's Mount Vernon, due to its Palladian style.The park is accessed via sternwheeler riverboat from Point Park on 2nd Street in Parkersburg, West Virginia. The riverboat ride takes about 20 minutes each way.Blennerhasset Museum of Regional HistoryThe Blennerhasset Museum of Regional History operates in conjunction with the state park. The Museum is located two blocks from the riverboat landing at the corner of 2nd and Juliana Streets. Exhibits focus on the regional history of west and central West Virginia, and include household furnishings, art, clothing, and prehistoric Native American tools, jewelry, weapons and items. Admission is separate from the park.
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  • We loved the island!! The tours were so much fun and educational. The atmosphere is gorgeous. It was a wonderful day trip!!  more »
  • You can purchase a package for $25 that includes: a museum tour, boat trip to and from the island, a mansion tour and a covered wagon ride. The museum has 3 floors very interesting things, the boat tr...  more »
  • We found this park online and decided to check it out. Much more history to this island than we realized. Interesting family lived in the manison. We recommend the wagon ride. It is the best way to se...  more »

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