“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Wellsley in Wood County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)

Prehistoric Sites

Prehistoric Sites Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, September 28, 2018
1. Prehistoric Sites Marker
Inscription.  In addition to its historic importance Blennerhassett Island also contains important prehistoric sites. Several Indian villages exist on the Island, and large collections of Indian artifacts have been found here. Largest of the sites, a Fort Ancient village, has now been washed away by the Ohio River, but smaller ones still remain. Artifacts found on the Island indicate occupation dating from 10,000 years ago.
Erected 1963 by West Virginia Historic Commission.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Places. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Archives and History series list.
Location. 39° 15.017′ N, 81° 36.717′ W. Marker is near Wellsley, West Virginia, in Wood County. Marker is at the intersection of Dupont Road (West Virginia Route 95) and West Virginia Route 68, on the right when traveling east on Dupont Road. It is at the Route 50 interchange with Dupont Road, which changes route number here from Route 95 to Route 862. Route 68 is the road
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to Lubeck. 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 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Famous Persons Who Traveled by Blennerhassett Island (approx. 1.6 miles away); Blennerhassett Kitchen Garden (approx. 1.6 miles away); Site of Tenant House and Broom Factory (approx. 1.6 miles away); Black Walnut Tree Plantation (approx. 1.6 miles away); Blennerhassett’s Well (approx. 1.6 miles away); Blennerhassett Wash House (approx. 1.6 miles away); Maze (approx. 1.6 miles away); Flower Bed (approx. 1.6 miles away).
More about this marker. Why the marker is here and not closer to Blennerhassett Island is not known. U.S. 50 crosses Blennerhassett Island on its way to Ohio but has no exit on the island. The island is a state park and can be reached by boat from Parkersburg.
Also see . . .  Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park. “Located on a small island in the Ohio River, Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park features a Palladian mansion and museum visited by 40,000 people each year. This historical park is accessed by sternwheeler riverboat from Point Park on 2nd Street in Parkersburg. Once on the island, visitors
Prehistoric Sites Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, September 28, 2018
2. Prehistoric Sites Marker
may enjoy tours of the grounds and mansion and horse-drawn carriage rides. Tours are offered when the park is open, from May through the last weekend of October.” (Submitted on October 6, 2018.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 6, 2018. It was originally submitted on October 6, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 348 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 6, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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