West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.


West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.


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West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.


West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.


Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.


Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 Blennerhassett Mansion by Candlelight is Oct. 11 and 12, 2013

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. - The Mansion by Candlelight Tour, sponsored by the Friends of Blennerhassett, began in 1996 and has become the island’s most popular annual event, according to Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park Supt. Matt Baker. Mansion by Candlelight is Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 12.

“It's an 18th century party,” Baker said. “The mansion and grounds are illuminated by hundreds of candles and lantern boxes. Docents, dressed in period costumes, welcome you. You can listen to period music and enjoy 18th century dances. Other activities include bonfires, harvest supper, dancing, horse drawn wagon rides, and more.”

Reservations are required. Tickets are available by calling 304-420-4800. Tickets for the sternwheeler boat ride, mansion visit and wagon ride are $25 for adults and $17 for youth 3-13 years of age. The Harvest Supper is $15 for any age and reservations for the meal must be made by Oct. 8. Boat departure times are every half-hour from 6 to 8 p.m. from Civitan Park in Belpre, Ohio. Harvest Supper times are every half-hour from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

An Illuminated Evening on an Island in the Ohio River

Board the Island Belle Sternwheeler and experience a journey back to the year 1805 where Mr. and Mrs. Blennerhassett have planned a grand party for all their guests. Harman Blennerhassett, a wealthy Irish aristocrat, settled on the wilderness island in 1798 with his lovely wife, Margaret and completed construction of their magnificent mansion in 1800.

The Candlelight tour gives visitors an opportunity to visit Blennerhassett Island’s recreated and exciting social life of 200 years ago. No electricity is allowed on these evenings.

Visitors can watch costumed re-enactors and listen to period music played on a hammered dulcimer and other stringed instruments while dancers perform and card players enjoy a lively game.

“The event represents an era that many of our ancestors might have experienced,” said Blennerhassett Island Event Coordinator Pam Salisbury. “Blennerhassett Island takes on a new persona as the sun goes down and the candlelight from the hundreds of lanterns begins to illuminate the graveled paths directing sternwheeler passengers to the candlelit mansion, the servant’s party, harvest supper, gift shop and other activities. The island is absolutely beautiful and individuals attending Mansion by Candlelight will feel like they have stepped back 200 years in time.”

A picnic-style harvest supper at the island shelter will feature Tavern ham, seasoned potatoes, green beans, coleslaw, rolls, pineapple upside-down cake, and a beverage. Harvest supper tickets are limited and are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. The concession stand will also be open each evening.

Horse-drawn wagon rides by the Hardly Able Carriage Company go around the upper half of the island. A bonfire is the site for a spirited party. At the servants’ party, the music is bluegrass. The West Virginia Mountain Pride dancers will be performing lively dances at the bonfire setting. In addition, Galen Smith, a local actor, will share spine-tingling ghost stories of local folklore, and the Stillwell 4-H will be preparing homemade apple butter.

To learn more about Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park, activities, events and hours, visit www.blennerhassettislandstatepark.com.  

Contact Information

Matt Baker or Pam Salisbury