Home to Harman and Margaret Blennerhassett, the island was where plans were developed by Aaron Burr and Harman Blennerhassett to undertake a military expedition to the Southwest that many, including President Thomas Jefferson, considered treasonous. During the Civil War, Union General George McClellan’s first invasion into the Confederacy was through Parkersburg. The city was also pivotal in the birth of the nation’s oil and gas industry and the creation of the State of West Virginia.
As one of West Virginia’s most historic cities, Parkersburg and the surrounding area features a colorful and intriguing heritage that has been magnificently preserved and presented by multiple museums and historic sites. For more information on Parkersburg’s history and culture, click here. To learn more about Blennerhassett Island and Blennerhassett Mansion, click here.