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.

Business

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.

Education

West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.

Employment

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.

Family

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.

Health

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.

Tourism

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.

 Visit the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History

6/24/2008

Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park near Parkersburg is located on the largest of several islands on the Ohio River.  It is home to the reconstructed mansion of Harman and Margaret Blennerhassett – island residents in the 19th century and the park’s main focus.  But island history dates further back to 18th century of Native American tribes that lived on the island and as far as 9,000 years ago to Ice Age hunters and wildlife. 

Associated with Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park is the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History, which is located on the corner of Second and Juliana streets in downtown Parkersburg.  Opened in 1988, this structure houses a showcase of regional history, as well as the state park’s administrative offices and the Friends of Blennerhassett Gift Shop.

The museum is three floors of historical relics and objects of art from the Ohio Valley's past. According to Dr. Ray Swick, Park Historian, “Exhibits range from prehistoric Indian tools, jewelry, weapons and household items, ca. 9000 B.C., to oil paintings, clothing, guns and military paraphernalia, and furniture belonging to West Virginia's first governor. There are automobiles, farm implements, 19th-century jewelry and glassware. In the 18th/early 19th century exhibit, visitors can find a ‘burning glass,’ a ‘bubby pot,’ some Ohio Valley's oldest manuscripts, maps, and a mourning fan – objects of yesteryear that now strike us with their quaintness.”  Swick is also proud that items from the Blennerhassett estate are among the museum's most noted acquisitions. The Stahl Collection is also housed in the museum.

For additional information about the museum, the island, the Blennerhassett Mansion, activities, and operating hours, contact Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park at (304) 420-4800 or go online to www.wvstateparks.com and click on Blennerhassett Island or Evening Cruises on the state park main page.  A calendar of events at all West Virginia State Parks and Forests is available by mail or on the Web site. Special events at state parks and forests are also posted to the individual Web pages such as www.blennerhassettislandstatepark.com.

Contact Information

Dr. Ray Swick
304-420-4800
rayswick@wvdnr.gov