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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  • This place is great for young adults and up. Small children seem to get bored easily. The mansion is great for getting a taste of time period life style. They have a horse and wagon ride around the is...  more »
  • My husband and I recently visited Blennerhassett on a pleasantly comfortable day.when there were few visitors. Since there were few visitors that day...the re-anactors had more time to talk making our...  more »
  • When I was a teenager, I visited the Island many times before it was restored. We explored around all the island. I found the "new and improved" island a great treasure for the history of Parkersburg ...  more »