Parkersburg in Wood County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Erected 2008 by West Virginia Archives and History.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Archives and History series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1797.
Location. 39° 15.974′ N, 81° 33.951′ W. Marker is in Parkersburg, West Virginia, in Wood County. Marker is on Little Kanawha Connector (2nd Street) near Ann Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Parkersburg WV 26101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Vital Transportation Center (here, next to this marker); Albert J. Woofter (here, next to this marker); Escape to Freedom (a few steps from this marker); Historic Blennerhassett Hotel (a few steps from this marker); George Rogers Clark (within Women of Courage (within shouting distance of this marker); Railroads (within shouting distance of this marker); Blennerhassett Island (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Parkersburg.
More about this marker. This marker is not on Blennerhassett Island. The island is more than a mile away to the west and can be reached via hourly steamer (11 AM to 4 PM) Tuesday to Sunday from the dock at 137 Juliana Street nearby.
Regarding Burr-Blennerhassett. Harman Blennerhassett was the codefendant in Aaron Burr’s treason conspiracy trial.
Also see . . .
1. The Tragedy of Harmon Blennerhassett. Article by Thomas Jewett. “The island mansion was built with taste and beauty. No expense was spared in its construction that could add to its usefulness or splendor. It consisted of a main building, fifty-two feet in length, thirty in width, and two stories high. Porticos, forty feet in length, in the form of wings, projected in front, connected with offices, presenting each a face of twenty-six feet, and twenty feet in depth, uniting them with the main building, forming the half of an ellipse, and making in the whole a front of one hundred and four feet. The lefthand office was occupied for the servant's hall, and the right for the library, philosophical apparatus and study. A handsome (Submitted on October 4, 2018.)
2. Wikipedia Entry for Harman Blennerhassett. “As the result of the President Thomas Jefferson's call for the arrest of Burr, Blennerhassett, and their ca. 70 followers, the mansion and island were occupied and plundered in December 1806 by local Virginia militia. Blennerhassett fled, was twice arrested, and finally imprisoned in the Virginia state penitentiary. He was only released following Burr’s acquittal at the end of a long 1807 treason trial at Richmond, Virginia. The Blennerhassetts never returned to their island home, which in 1811 was destroyed by fire.” (Submitted on October 4, 2018.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 28, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 4, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 127 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 4, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.