Parkersburg Travel Guide

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1952 aerial view looking across the Ohio River toward Belpre, OH

1952 aerial view looking across the Ohio River toward Belpre, OH


Parkersburg is located in northwest West Virginia on the Ohio River.  It is a small, but thriving river port city. 

The Blennerhassett Island is named for one of the most famous families in West Virginia. Harman and Margaret Blennerhassett, originally members of the Irish aristocracy, moved to the U.S. in 1796 and eventually built a huge mansion on this Ohio River island. The mansion burned to the ground in 1811, but was perfectly reconstructed in the 1980s.  The result, a historical park which offers a real-time experience of life in the early 1800s, is accessible by riverboat sternwheeler from Spring through Autumn and is well worth seeing.

If you plan to spend the night, or even longer, stay at the Blennerhassett Hotel. Truly one of the state's greatest hotels, the Blennerhassett has been open since 1889 and exudes the captivating atmosphere of the gaslight era.

Parkersburg's Southwood Park boasts the area's only waterslide, an Olympic-size swimming pool, a pond with fountains, miniature golf, a baseball field, basketball and tennis courts and plenty of covered picnic areas.

Parkersburg's City Park offers a baseball field, basketball and tennis courts, a walk track, a pavilion, swimming pool, veteran's memorial, playground, covered horseshoe throwing pits, a band shell for live musical performances, miniature golf and a large pond, which features numerous ducks and geese and a large central fountain.

The Parkersburg Homecoming Festival is held from mid- to late-August each year, and features a variety of music (some very well-known artists), a parade, a runner's half-marathon, etc. and numerous concessions.

The Fenton Art Glass Factory is just north of Parkersburg in Williamstown, and creates beautiful pieces of functional and ornamental glass for export all around the world.  Visitors can tour the factory and see the glass being manufactured in time-honored traditons, as well as purchase these unique works of art at rock-bottom prices.

The Ohio Valley Ski Club, located in Parkersburg, was formed in 1974 to promote the sport of skiing and related outdoor activities in the Parkersburg and Marietta, OH areas. Currently, the O.V.S.C provides a year-round calendar of events with a variety of keynote speakers.

Parkersburg is located on I-77 about 1 1/2 hours north of Charleston and 4 1/2 hours south of Cleveland, OH

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