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Blennerhassett Island in Wood County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Famous Persons Who Traveled by Blennerhassett Island

 

— Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park —

 
Famous Persons Marker, Side One image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 11, 2021
1. Famous Persons Marker, Side One
Inscription.  
  1749 — Pierre J. Celoron de Blainville, French explorer
  1750 — Christopher Gist, Explorer, soldier
  1765 — George Croghan, Indian trader, agent
*1766 — Nemacolin, Delaware Indian Chief
  1770 — George Washington, President, United States
  1770 — Dr. James Craik, Physician, surgeon
  1771 — Colonel William Crawford, Revolutionary War soldier
  1771 — Simon Kenton, Explorer, pioneer
  1774 — John Murray, Earl of Dunmore, Royal Governor, Virginia
*1781 — George Rogers Clark, Revolutionary War soldier
  1782 — John Fitch, Steamboat inventor
  1785 — Albert Gallatin, Statesman
  1785 — James Monroe, President, United States
*1786 — General Richard Butler, Soldier, Indian agent
  1789 — Lewis Wetzel, Scout, frontiersman
  1792 — Daniel Boone, Founder of Kentucky
  1792 — Rufus Putnam, Soldier, pioneer
  1793 — General Anthony Wayne, Soldier
  1798 — Louis Philippe, King of France
  1803 — Meriwether Lewis, Explorer
*1805 — General
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By J. J. Prats, July 11, 2021
2. Famous Persons Marker, Side Two
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James Wilkinson, Soldier
*1806 — Aaron Burr, Vice President, United States
*1808 — Theodosia Burr Alston, Daughter of Aaron Burr
*1807 — Henry Clay, Statesman
  1807 — John James Audubon, Ornithologist
  1811 — Nicholas Roosevelt, Engineer, steamboat inventor
  1820 — Mike Fink, Keelboatman
  1820 — Benjamin Henry Latrobe, Architect
  1824 — Anna Maria Josepha de Iturbide, Empress of Mexico
  1825 — Marquis de Lafayette, Soldier
  1830 — Sam Houston, Soldier, Founder of Texas
  1834 — Davy Crockett, Soldier, folk hero
  1837 — Andrew Jackson, President, United States
  1839 — Ulysses S. Grant, President, United States
  1840 — William Henry Harrison, President United States
  1842 — Charles Dickens, Author
  1843 — John Quincy Adams, President, United States
  1848 — Abraham Lincoln, President, United States
  1848 — T. J. “Stonewall” Jackson, Soldier
  1849 — Stephen Foster, Composer
  1849, Zachary Taylor, President, United States
  1863 — George Armstrong Custer, Soldier
*1920 — Howard Chandler Christy, Artist
*1974 — Gore Vidal, Author
        * Documented to have been on Blennerhassett Island
 
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By J. J. Prats, July 11, 2021
3. Famous Persons Who Traveled by Blennerhassett Island Marker
The house in the distance is “Maple Shade,” 1802 home of the Putnam-Houser family. It was moved here to the island from across the river in Ohio in 1986.
2006 by the Blennerhassett Historical Foundation and dedicated to historian Robert D. Crooks, M.D.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Parks & Recreational Areas. In addition, it is included in the Lafayette’s Farewell Tour series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1749.
 
Location. 39° 16.294′ N, 81° 36.127′ W. Marker is in Blennerhassett Island, West Virginia, in Wood County. Marker can be reached by sternwheeler riverboat passenger ferry ($12 round trip) from Point Park on 2nd Street in Parkersburg between May 1st and early October. Ferry departs on the hour from 10 AM to 5 PM. Last ferry departs the island at 5:30 PM. Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park is closed Mondays (except Memorial Day and Labor Day), Tuesdays in September and October, and for the winter after the last weekend in October until the first weekend in May. You should call ahead to verify this information at +1-304-420-4800 or 1-800-CALL-WVA. 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. Maze (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Tenant House and Broom Factory (within shouting distance of this marker); Hothouses (about 300 feet away, measured in
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a direct line); Arbors (about 300 feet away); Flower Bed (about 300 feet away); Summerhouse (about 300 feet away); Blennerhassett Island (about 400 feet away); Blennerhassett Kitchen Garden (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Blennerhassett Island.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 20, 2021, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 78 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 20, 2021, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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