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“Mansion by candlelight ”

Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park
Ranked #1 of 22 things to do in Parkersburg
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Site of the alleged plot by Aaron Burr and Harman Blennerhassett to establish a southwest empire. Features the reconstructed Blennerhassett Mansion, guided tours,concession stand, gift shop, narrated wagon rides, hiking trails and picnic facilities. Frequent special events include Mansion by Candlelight each October. Open May-October. Hours vary throughout the season. Call ahead to confirm details.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Baby buggy parking
Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

This is a must for anyone visiting the Ohio Valley. The island is located between Parkersburg WV and Belpre Ohio

In October the entire island is lit up with lanterns and bon fires. The mansion is populated with living historians dressed in the late 1700 apparel.

We did the mansion tour and the horse wagon ride at night and enjoyed signing by the bon fire.

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Reviewed 20 October 2017

We went to the Candle Light evening special that was offered. My husband and I had never been to the Island. We were taken to and from the Island by sternwheeler. It was a beautiful night. We had purchased the catered dinner with our package. Upon arriving, we had dinner which was pulled pork, cole slaw, green beans, potatoes, rolls, pie, and iced tea. It was delicious!!!! After dinner we went on a covered wagon ride drawn by 3 horses which took about 20 minutes. Our driver told us about the horses, explained the story of the Blennerhasset Family, told us about the various buildings and the many trees on the Island. We saw many deer during our wagon ride. I think the wagon ride was the highlight of our evening!! Upon arriving and throughout the night, our walkways were lit by candles. There were small fires also lighting our way. It was a beautiful sight. There was singing and dancing from the 1800's. A story teller was talking about the ghost sightings on the Island. We went through the gift shop, which was very reasonable. We bought a book about the history of the Island for only $5.00 and a nice coffee mug for $8.50. Our last stop was our tour of the Blennerhasset House. It was a beautiful re-creation of the original mansion that was lost in a fire. Everyone on the Island was dressed in period costumes. They were very knowledgeable and answered any questions we had. We had an AMAZING time. We would HIGHLY recommend a trip to Blennerhasset Island State Park, especially when they offer the Candlelight Trip.

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Reviewed 3 October 2017

With this excursion you not only get 2 relaxing half hour sternwheeler rides (to and from the island) but a nice variety of activities to do once you are on the island. It's nice to not see or hear traffic or busy streets. You can meander at your own pace through the deep shade of the trees, take a guided tour through the beautiful mansion, take a horse and buggy ride around the island, or play one of the yard games provided on the lawn. A word of advice.... plan ahead when buying your tickets, as they are sold at the Blennerhassett Museum about 2 blocks away from the dock. Also, you may want to pack a lunch and drinks, as the only food is a snack bar with limited offerings. Overall it is a fun day that you can enjoy for as short or long a time as you want. Boat rides back to Parkersburg continue all day every hour.

1  Thank brettlC6174WD
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Reviewed 20 September 2017

Another must see when visiting WV. Clean facilities. Beautiful history. Several things to do while on the island. Wonderful place for pictures, wedding ceremonies etc.

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Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

The day was set to spend our time on the island only to find out after Labor day they run on limited hours. The weather was gorgeous. In its 80's. So very disappointed. We'll have to try again next year.

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