History & Heritage Itinerary

July 26, 2022

Best used Tuesday – Saturday

8:00 a.m. Enjoy a morning coffee and a sweet or savory breakfast crepe from Unity Cafe☕️

9:00 a.m. Purchase your $30 package ticket to Blennerhassett Island at the Blennerhassett Museum & enjoy a self-guided tour 🎟

10:00 a.m. Ride the Island Belle Sternwheeler from Point Park to the Island. Don’t be late! ⏰

10:30 a.m. Enjoy a Mansion Tour and Horse-Drawn Wagon Ride (included in package). 🐴

12:30 p.m. Leave the Island for lunch at the North End Tavern & Brewery, or stay on the Island for a picnic lunch. 😋

2:30 p.m. Experience a historic tour at the remarkable Henderson Hall in Williamstown 📖

4:00 p.m. Head to the Oil & Gas Museum for a self-guided tour ⛽️

5:30 p.m. Enjoy delicious cuisine from the historic The Blennerhassett Hotel! 🍽

7:00 p.m. Walk off your dinner with a beautiful stroll through Julia-Ann Square Historic District🚶

More Info:
Before your historical journey through Greater Parkersburg, treat yourself to a delicious breakfast from Unity Cafe. The Mountaineer Crepe is a personal favorite with ham, bacon, eggs, and cheddar cheese to fuel your fun-filled day! You have a long day ahead of you, so make sure you grab a refreshing cup of coffee or tea before you leave. Next up is the Blennerhassett Museum where you can purchase a $30 package ticket that includes a self-guided tour of the Museum, a sternwheeler ride to Blennerhassett Island State Park, a Mansion Tour on the Island, and my personal favorite, the Horse-Drawn Wagon Ride. Running late?? You can now get your tickets directly on the Island Belle Sternwheeler at Point Park in downtown Parkersburg. By 10:00am, you’ll be on the Island Belle Sternwheeler for your 20-minute or so boat ride to the beautiful Blennerhassett Island State Park. Bring your bike and enjoy a peaceful ride around the Blennerhassett grounds! After a few hours of fun, head back to Point Park on the half hour for an exceptional lunch at the North End Tavern. Famous for their burgers, this West Virginia favorite will not disappoint. Continuing your historic tour, you’ll make your way to Henderson Hall to learn about the remarkable Henderson family. Whereas most historic homes have replicas, this spectacular home has furnishings that have never left. In fact, the vast majority of EVERYTHING in the house has never left! After your tour, head back to downtown Parkersburg for a self-guided tour of the Oil & Gas Museum to learn about the impact of oil and gas on our area. Now it’s time for a delectable meal at the historic Blennerhassett Hotel Restaurant & Lounge. Enjoy seasonal selections including Seared Sea Bass, Bourbon-Glazed Salmon, and Steak Diane. To top off your staycation, enjoy a scenic walk through the Julia-Ann Square Historic District, one of West Virginia’s oldest and largest residential historic homes districts.

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