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Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park



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Harman Blennerhassett, a wealthy Irish aristocrat, settled on the wilderness island in 1798 and built a magnificent mansion and estate. However, he became entangled in a mysterious military enterprise with Aaron Burr in 1806. As a result, President Thomas Jefferson accused both men of plotting treason in attempting to establish an empire in the southwest.

Blennerhassett fled the island, but was captured and put into Virginia State Penitentiary. Although Burr was tried and acquitted and Blennerhassett released from prison, the lives of both men were ruined. Interestingly, most historians now agree that Burr had set sights on northern Mexico for his dominion.

The exquisite mansion accidently burned to the ground in 1811, eventually leaving no trace of its graceful, semicircular lines. However, modern archaeologists rediscovered it foundations in 1973. Through a continuing program of careful historical and architectural research, the mansion has been recreated for visitors to see. Work on furnishings its interior is still in progress.

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Blennerhassett Island is located in the Ohio River near Parkersburg, WV. Access to Parkersburg is offered by US Rt 50 east/west and I-77 north/south. Point Park, departure site for sternwheeler rides to the island, and Blennerhassett Museum is on the corner of 2nd and Juliana Streets.

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Museum tour - in Parkersburg, WV
Adults $2.00
Children $1.00

Sternwheeler (boat ride- round trip)
Adults $8.00
Children $7.00

Mansion tour - (Blennerhassett Island)
Adults $3.00
Children $2.00

Wagon-ride tours
Adults $4.75
Children $2.50

Children 3 and under free

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NON SMOKING, KID FRIENDLY, HANDICAPPED ACCESS, PARKING AVAILABLE, RV PARKING, FOOD AVAILABLE

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