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Area Overview of Parkersburg
The history of the Greater Parkersburg area is as rich and varied as that of any part of the United States.
Besides being Wood County's most populous city and seat of government, Parkersburg is also its oldest settlement.
What is now one of the most rapidly growing cities in the Ohio Valley was, for most of its corporate history, large stretches of farmland -- the end result of a New England doctor's broken dream.
When Isaac and Rebecca Tomlinson Martin Williams founded in 1787 what is the city of Williamstown, they were already seasoned veterans of the Ohio Valley Indian Wars.
Parkersburg, W.Va., established in 1810, was named for a Revolutionary War hero, and its history has long been a part of its attraction.
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The Greater Parkersburg area boasts several nationally known attractions including The Fenton Art Glass Company, Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park, and The Oil and Gas Museum, to name a few.
Fenton Art Glass until recently was among the world’s foremost producers of handmade art glass. Fenton Art Glass made glass the old fashioned way using techniques and tools that were essentially unchanged from those of over 100 years ago. Visitors to Fenton Art Glass will find a spacious gift shop and an informative museum.
Exerience life what life was like in the Mid-Ohio Valley in the early 1800's when you ride a sternwheeler down the Ohio River to visit Blennerhassett Island Historic State Park and the reconstructed mansion of Harman Blennerhassett, then visit Henderson Hall in Williamstown and Campus Martius in Marietta to learn more about the conflicts, mystery and intrigue surround the Mid-Ohio Valley.
Built in 1926 for vaudeville acts, the restored Smoot Theatre in downtown Parkersburg offers unforgettable entertainment ranging from artists of international and national prominence to local performers. The Parkersburg Art Center located in downtown Parkersburg features regional and national shows year-round. The Center features exhibitions, classes, guided tours, gift shop, and special events.
Plan to spend some time at the nationally recognized Oil and Gas Museum in downtown Parkersburg and learn about the beginnings of the oil industry and the barons who created the state of West Virginia. One of Travelocity.com’s “Local Secrets, Big Finds.” The Oil and Gas Museum is as much a history lesson as a museum. The Civil War room in the Oil and Gas Museum features original uniforms, weapons, flags and artifacts.
If you love chocolate then you’ll want to visit Holl’s Swiss Chocolatier in Vienna where you can experience the mouth-watering pleasures of handcrafted Swiss chocolates created daily using only the finest ingredients.
Looking for a great shopping experience? Look no further than Grand Central Mall. With over 100 stores, restaurants, specialty shops and a 12 screen cinema there is always something fun for the entire family to enjoy.
The crown jewel of downtown Parkersburg, the magnificently restored Blennerhassett Hotel features elegant rooms and fine dining coupled with unprecedented hospitality and state-of-the-art technology. Built in the late nineteenth century by one of Parkersburg’s oil barons, the Blennerhassett Hotel takes great pride in its storied past while providing exemplary service and amenities.
From award winning museums that offer a wonderful journey into the past to historic home tours, the Greater Parkersburg area is a wonderful destination for an escape full of discoveries and great family fun.