Riverboats, islands, detailed history, amazing cuisine, fun with friends and unforgettable experiences are just a few things groups will encounter when visiting the greater Parkersburg area in West Virginia.
Tour Blennerhassett Island on a horse-drawn wagon, bicycle or even a golf cart, then stop in and browse the enchanting marketplace near the floodwall before heading up to the overlook. Henderson Hall Plantation is another great group stop, which shares the legacy of pioneers and patriots.
The Greater Parkersburg Convention & Visitors Bureau shared these four stops for groups to explore all the historic city has to offer.
Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park
Ride an authentic sternwheeler to the site of the alleged plot by Aaron Burr and Harman Blennerhassett to establish a southwest empire at Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park. The park features the reconstructed Blennerhassett Mansion, guided tours, a concession stand, gift shop, narrated wagon rides, hiking trails and picnic facilities.
Point Park Marketplace
Stop and relax for a bite to eat and browse the unique shops located inside of Point Park Marketplace. Some of the items groups will discover include antiques, rustic decor and handmade goods, as well as a wine shop and, local produce. This is the perfect stop either before or after visiting Blennerhassett Island.
Fort Boreman is a great location for groups to snap a photo as a memento and experience some spectacular views of the city and the Ohio and Little Kanawha rivers. The park is located just 2 miles from downtown, and it features a partially reconstructed Union Civil War fortification, trenches and a nature trail.
Henderson Hall was built in 1859 and shares the legacy of the pioneers and patriots who walked its halls. The impressive 29-room, pre-Civil War mansion has its original furnishings. The house, grounds and cemetery make up the Henderson Hall Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Greater Parkersburg Convention & Visitors Bureau