Welcome to Parkersburg, West Virginia a historic town that awaits you on your trip. While in Parkersburg you should stop off at the Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park. Located on Blennerhasset Island this small island is on the Ohio River and is the sit of the Palladian mansion owned by Harman Blennerhasset. Hence where the name of the island origins his original home burned to the ground. The home was such a beauty that the built an exact replica which you can tour while you are in town. This replica home was even built on the old homes foundations and greatly resembles George Washington’s Mount Vernon due to its Palladian style. Park your car in the lot and get aboard the sternwheeler boat that will take you to the island. This historic boat will give you the opportunity to look over the water and enjoy the views as this majestic boat takes you to the mansion and other island activities. The island is open from May to October of every year and will take at least three hours to fully enjoy. Pack a lunch for the day and enjoy picnicking in front of the mansion. Next chose to take your choice between walking the trail to the upper end of the island or take the famous horse-drawn wagon ride. Enjoy the rare and rich plant life, gaze upon the trees, and look on to the selective wildlife that inhabits the area. There are concessions available on the island. If you would like to enjoy the island at your own pace but still get off your feet head over to the bike rentals for the day and take the bikes through the numerous nature walks. A great day awaits you on Blennerhasset Island.
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While you are already on Blennerhassett Island you need to stop by the Blennerhassett Museum. Walk through the mansion and then go through the coolest tour on the island. Begin your tour with a video that explains it all. See the lives of Harman and Margaret Blennerhassett and then take off to explore the three floors of history. The showcases will enchant you with their art displays from the Ohio Valley’s past. You can find the prehistoric items from a different time a time where things we find ordinary were riches and beyond to them like the “burning glass” or “bubby pot” exhibits and find Valley’s oldest manuscripts , maps, and mourning fan. Exhibits range from prehistoric Indian tools, jewelry, weapons and household items, ca. 9000 B.C., to oil paintings, old clothing, guns and military paraphernalia, furniture belonging to West Virginia's first governor, automobiles of the 19teens, farm implements, 19th-century jewelry and glassware ranging in age from 60 to 200 years old. A rich step into history is located right here in Parkersburg.