Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park

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Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park
West Virginia State Park
Blennerhassett Mansion.JPG
Reconstructed Blennerhassett Mansion, 2008
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Wood
Elevation 575 ft (175.3 m)
Coordinates 39°16′19″N 81°37′29″W / 39.27194°N 81.62472°W / 39.27194; -81.62472Coordinates: 39°16′19″N 81°37′29″W / 39.27194°N 81.62472°W / 39.27194; -81.62472
Area 511 acres (206.8 ha) [1]
Owner West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
Nearest city Parkersburg, West Virginia
Location of Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park in West Virginia
Website: Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park
Blennerhassett Island Historic District
Nearest city Parkersburg, West Virginia
Area 508.6 acres (205.8 ha)
Built 1799
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 72001294[2]
Added to NRHP September 7, 1972

Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park is a state park located on Blennerhassett Island, a small island in the Ohio River, located in Wood County, West Virginia, USA. The property was the site of a Palladian mansion owned by Harman Blennerhassett, a participant in some of the alleged intrigues of Aaron Burr.[3] While the original mansion burned to the ground long ago, a detailed replica, which can be toured, has been built on its foundations. The Blennerhasset Mansion greatly resembled George Washington's Mount Vernon, due to its Palladian style.[4][5]

The park is accessed via sternwheeler riverboat from Point Park on 2nd Street in Parkersburg, West Virginia. The riverboat ride takes about 20 minutes each way.

Blennerhasset Museum of Regional History[edit]

The Blennerhasset Museum of Regional History operates in conjunction with the state park. The Museum is located two blocks from the riverboat landing at the corner of 2nd and Juliana Streets. Exhibits focus on the regional history of west and central West Virginia, and include household furnishings, art, clothing, and prehistoric Native American tools, jewelry, weapons and items. Admission is separate from the park.


  • Horsedrawn carriage rides
  • Souvenir shop
  • Picnic shelters
  • Bicycle rentals
  • Hiking


West Virginia University assessed the park's accessibility to the disabled in 2005, and rated its facilities as "accessible" by the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act.[6]

Photo gallery[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ West Virginia State Parks Facilities Grid, accessed March 29, 2008
  2. ^ Staff (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ Gibbens, Alvaro F., Historic Blennerhassett Island Home, Global Printing and Binding Co., Parkersburg, WV 1914.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Marlene Hershman (May 1982). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Blennerhassett Island Historic District" (PDF). State of West Virginia, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2011-09-10. 
  6. ^ Guide to Accessible Recreation and Travel in WV, WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities web site, accessed July 31, 2006

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