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Old-Time Entertainment


Mid-Ohio Valley Region
Old-Time Entertainment

Day 1

butterflyStart the trip through the eyes of a child who lived 100 years ago at the General Thomas M. Harris School Museum. The two-story schoolhouse was built in 1878 on the donated land of Civil War General Thomas Harris. It originally housed grades 1-8 but then later added the high school curriculum. Continue your travel back in time at Berdine’s 5 and Dime. You’ll find candy and toys galore in America’s oldest dime store. If you’re a kid who likes marbles, take a short ride to Sam’s Mountain Marbles where you can watch the process of marble making performed by Sam, the store’s owner. To finish off the day, say hello to some butterflies at Ah-Ha Butterfly Ranch. The owners keep over 25 species with an emphasis on monarch butterflies. Visits are by appointment only.

Day 2
Spend the day on the expansive 72-mile North Bend Rail Trail. You can bike, hike or go horseback riding on the path. Many tunnels, bridges, parks and stores are placed by the trail for your enjoyment. North Bend State Park is nearby and offers a swimming pool with sunbathing rocks, daily nature programs, mountain bike rentals and carriage rides for the trail. The park also has an 8-mile lake where you can canoe, kayak or take a Jon boat out on the water. If you get hungry, the park has a restaurant and picnic area, plus cabins, a lodge and campgrounds if you want to spend the night.

Day 3
Start the day exploring replica fortifications and trenches of the Civil War at the Fort Boreman Historical Park in Parkersburg. Enjoy the park’s beautiful view of Parkersburg and the Ohio and Little Kanawha Rivers, and walk the nature trails. Another site to visit is the Blennerhassett Island Historic State Park. After a sternwheeler ride to the island, ride in a horse-drawn wagon, tour the Blennerhassett Mansion or enjoy a nature walk. If all that exercise gets you hungry, then your next stop should be Holl’s Swiss Chocolatier. Walk into the family-owned store and taste samples of expertly made chocolate from chefs trained in traditional Swiss methods. Your last destination is the Fenton Art Glass Factory. Take a tour to watch how the glass is molded and created into beautiful, colorful bowls, vases and other items. Before you leave, stop by the factory museum and theater.


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