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Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park

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Address: 137 Juliana St, Parkersburg, WV 26101-5331
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Site of the alleged plot by Aaron Burr and Harman Blennerhassett to...

Site of the alleged plot by Aaron Burr and Harman Blennerhassett to establish a southwest empire. Features the reconstructed Blennerhassett Mansion, guided tours,concession stand, gift shop, narrated wagon rides, hiking trails and picnic facilities. Frequent special events include Mansion by Candlelight each October. Open May-October. Hours vary throughout the season. Call ahead to confirm details.

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wonderful place to see

It is so nice to take a stern wheel ride over to the island and look around, take a horse drawn wagon ride and bring a lunch to eat in the picnic area.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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38 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We arrived it was only 15 minutes before closing and tried to go in. The lady said we are closing soon. My husband advised we would still like to go in and asked what the cost was. The lady there said we will be open tomorrow. We turned around and left. We will not be going back!

Thank Shelby8143
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is so nice to take a stern wheel ride over to the island and look around, take a horse drawn wagon ride and bring a lunch to eat in the picnic area.

Thank 813gails
Medina, Ohio
2 reviews
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Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Who knew this little gem even existed?! Interesting piece of Aaron Burr history! Great side trip! The guides were very knowledgeable and spent time answering our questions since there weren't many people there that day. Fun little ferry ride over to the island.

Thank DooneEngland
Sandy Bay, Honduras
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64 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 7 January 2017

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 island and there is a ton of local history to be gathered. Depending on your point of view.... the sternwheeler ride over... More 

Thank Preston P
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60 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 17 November 2016

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 visit far more interesting. The mansion itself was lovely and we then walked to Malpe Shade which was also open with a guide. It too was interesting. We did... More 

Thank sinaigirl
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Reviewed 13 November 2016

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 and surrounding area. Thank you, West Virginia, for saving this historical site.

Thank Fred W
W. Pa
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36 reviews
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Reviewed 11 November 2016

Do not miss a trip to this island, the history behind this reconstructed house is quite interesting... Nice park like setting. You get there by paddlewheel boat..

Thank Firstmate362
Asheville, North Carolina
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Reviewed 10 November 2016

The entire package - ferry, wagon ride, mansion tour - makes for an enjoyable outing. The crew of the ferry allowed passengers to try their hand at steering. The talk during the wagon ride was informative, and the museum guides had interesting stories to share.

1 Thank Barb C
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Reviewed 1 November 2016

I have traveled to several of West Virginia's Parks and each one is unique. Blennerhassett Island was most definitely one of the best, so far! We decided to do the Brunch with Margaret, and it was so enjoyable. After taking the ferry to the island, we toured the mansion, then had a tasty, filling brunch with an actress dressed up... More 

2 Thank BmoreExplorer
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 25 October 2016

We visited the island at night for a special fire works show. IT was a neat experience I would love to go back and visit during the day. There was gift shop and concession stand open at the time we went but I also saw bike rental and museums and hiking that you could do. The ferry ride over was... More 

Thank carey w

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