Travel to the city where the sternwheeler once reigned as queen of the mighty Ohio River—Parkersburg
, West Virginia. Today, Parkersburg has returned to its roots as a riverboat town and the sternwheelers reign once again.
Begin by exploring the Blennerhassett Museum
for the history of this area dating from a 12th century Native American Village, before boarding a sternwheeler for a leisurely cruise to Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park
. The Island, located in a bend of the Ohio River, was once home to Harman Blennerhassett and the base of his planned new county with Aaron Burr in 1806. The focal point is the reconstructed 1798 mansion where Blennerhassett and Burr planned their treason. The interior is furnished with period pieces and open to the public. This afternoon experience hand made craftsmanship at Fenton Art Glass
in Williamstown. No visit to Fenton is complete without a factory tour, the factory outlet and a stop by the glass museum. At the Williamstown Antique Mall
, a quality line of antiques and collectibles are attractively displayed and moderately priced. Henderson Hall
, pre-Civil War mansion, is the best-preserved and most significant example of Italianate Villa style surviving in the state and contains the original furnishings. Finish the evening with a tour and reception at the Parkersburg Arts Center
Examine history today at the Oil and Gas Museum
with artifacts including tools, engines and equipment used during the oil boom of 1860 - 1930. The oil and gas industries were one of the state’s most important and early industries. Your sweet tooth will be satisfied at Holl’s Swiss Chocolatier
, where there is something for everyone. Step back into time by strolling through Sistersville
, once an oil and gas boom town with its own working turn-of-the-century oil well and the last remaining passenger ferry in West Virginia. Browse through the Townhouse Gallery
, a multi-purpose arts and culture museum located in a historic 1895 Victorian home. After dinner, the Smoot Theatre
, built in 1926, will provide a “dessert tour” and the evening’s entertainment.
After breakfast, depart for home with memories of the “Country Roads” of West Virginia.