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Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park
West Virginia State Park
Reconstructed Blennerhassett Mansion, 2008
Country  United States
State  West Virginia
County Wood
Elevation 575 ft (175.3 m)
Coordinates 39°16′19″N 81°37′29″W / 39.27194°N 81.62472°W / 39.27194; -81.62472
Area 511 acres (206.8 ha) [1]
Owner West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
Nearest city Parkersburg, West Virginia
Location of Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park in West Virginia
Website: Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park

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.[2] While the original mansion burned to the ground long ago, a detailed replica, which can be toured, has been built on its foundations.

The park is accessed via sternwheeler riverboat from Point Park on 2nd Street in Parkersburg, West Virginia. The riverboat ride takes about 20 minutes. In 2009, the sternwheeler will depart from Civitan Park in Belpre, Ohio due to the riverfront development in Parkersburg.

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Blennerhasset Museum of Regional History

The 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.

Features

  • Horsedrawn carriage rides
  • Souvenir shop
  • Picnic shelters
  • Bicycle rentals
  • Hiking

Accessibility

West Virginia University assessed the park's accessibility to the disabled in 2005, and rated its facilities as "accessible" by the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act.[3]

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See also

West Virginia portal

References

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