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Historical Markers in Blennerhassett Island, West Virginia

 
Clickable Map of Wood County, West Virginia and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Wood County, WV (110) Jackson County, WV (25) Pleasants County, WV (15) Ritchie County, WV (12) Wirt County, WV (13) Athens County, OH (68) Meigs County, OH (53) Washington County, OH (120)  WoodCounty(110) Wood County (110)  JacksonCounty(25) Jackson County (25)  PleasantsCounty(15) Pleasants County (15)  RitchieCounty(12) Ritchie County (12)  WirtCounty(13) Wirt County (13)  AthensCountyOhio(68) Athens County (68)  MeigsCounty(53) Meigs County (53)  WashingtonCounty(120) Washington County (120)
Parkersburg is the county seat for Wood County
Blennerhassett Island is in Wood County
      Wood County (110)  
ADJACENT TO WOOD COUNTY
      Jackson County (25)  
      Pleasants County (15)  
      Ritchie County (12)  
      Wirt County (13)  
      Athens County, Ohio (68)  
      Meigs County, Ohio (53)  
      Washington County, Ohio (120)  
 
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1West Virginia (Wood County), Blennerhassett Island — Arbors — Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park —
Strolling through the island’s “pleasure-ground” (pleasure garden) was made even more restful by its beautiful bowers and arbors of grapevine, honeysuckle, eglantine (sweetbriar), roses, and columbine. Underneath these blooming green roofs stood . . . Map (db m178092) HM
2West Virginia (Wood County), Blennerhassett Island — Black Walnut Tree Plantation — Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park —
This plantation of trees was set out in 1935 by Amos K. Gordon, a wealthy Louisiana oil executive who owned and operated a park on the upper half of the island from 1935 until his death in 1955.Map (db m177631) HM
3West Virginia (Wood County), Blennerhassett Island — Blennerhassett Island — Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park —
Blennerhassett Island, the most famous of the Ohio River islands, was for countless generations the home of Native Americans. It first appeared in written records in 1766 and became immortal in American history as the 1805-1807 base of . . . Map (db m177279) HM
4West Virginia (Wood County), Blennerhassett Island — Blennerhassett Kitchen Garden — Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park —
The one acre kitchen garden was located on this site. Here was grown produce for the kitchen and also herbs. Included in this garden were long glass-covered hothouses where grew orange, lemon, fig, and citron trees whose foreign, exotic . . . Map (db m177632) HM
5West Virginia (Wood County), Blennerhassett Island — Blennerhassett Wash House — Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park —
The wash house was the last estate outbuilding known to survive. It was still standing after the Civil War, but shortly thereafter either fell in or was destroyed. Dairy products were stored in its cellar to keep them cool and unspoiled.Map (db m177573) HM
6West Virginia (Wood County), Blennerhassett Island — Blennerhassett’s Cove — Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park —
After settling on this island in spring 1798, the Blennerhassetts had this inlet dug to serve their estate. It provided safe docking for the boats of visitors to their mansion and convenient anchorage for those who came to trade at the general . . . Map (db m177350) HM
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7West Virginia (Wood County), Blennerhassett Island — Blennerhassett’s Well — Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park —
The Blennerhassett Well, dug in June 1798, had an ornate covering probably English in style. It disappeared early in the 19th Century without its design having been preserved.Map (db m177572) HM
8West Virginia (Wood County), Blennerhassett Island — Famous Persons Who Traveled by Blennerhassett Island — Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park —
  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 . . . Map (db m177634) HM
9West Virginia (Wood County), Blennerhassett Island — Fishpond — Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park —
Not everything in the Blennerhassett estate's “pleasure-garden” was placed there for pleasure or style. Somewhere within its high wall lay a pond of unknown size, dug out, lined with clay, and maintained for the fish it would provide for the . . . Map (db m178091) HM
10West Virginia (Wood County), Blennerhassett Island — Flower Bed — Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park —
Even though the estate’s pleasure garden was laid out in the fashionable, late 18th-Century back-to-nature style, it exhibited some features that harkened back to the geometric formality that had ruled previous old style gardens. This fact is . . . Map (db m177584) HM
11West Virginia (Wood County), Blennerhassett Island — Hothouses — Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park —
One of the garden’s most exotic features was its long, large hothouses, which sheltered orange, lemon, olive and citron trees from the rigors of an American winter. Such foreign plantings lent the island such an air of otherworldliness that one . . . Map (db m178089) HM
12West Virginia (Wood County), Blennerhassett Island — Maze
Perhaps the most startling aspects of the flower garden to modern imaginations was its English-style maze, also called a labyrinth. It consisted of a section of clipped high hedges, possibly boxwood, filled with twisting, interconnecting graveled . . . Map (db m178088) HM
13West Virginia (Wood County), Blennerhassett Island — Paling Fence — Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park —
Each of the Blennerhassett estate’s gardens was surrounded by a high paling fence. Made of a durable wood, such as locust (a favorite frontier Ohio Valley fence wood), the fences stood some 10-12 feet tall and were used to keep out predators such as . . . Map (db m178093) HM
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14West Virginia (Wood County), Blennerhassett Island — Pleasure Garden — Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park —
From 1798 to 1806, the Blennerhassetts created two different gardens on their island estate: a one-acre kitchen garden that lay southwest of the mansion growing fruits and vegetables and. to the northwest, a 2⅓ acre pleasure garden . . . Map (db m177575) HM
15West Virginia (Wood County), Blennerhassett Island — Site of First Blennerhassett Island Park — Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park —
Covering approximately ten acres and in operation from 1886 to 1912, the first Blennerhassett Island Park was one of the most popular outdoor amusement spots in the Ohio Valley boasting a dance pavilion, a shooting gallery, a bowling alley, and . . . Map (db m178094) HM
16West Virginia (Wood County), Blennerhassett Island — Site of Tenant House and Broom Factory — Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park —
One of the farmhouses stood on this site (torn down in 1979). Around the 1880s it was used as a broom factory. The broomcorn straw, which went into the making of these brooms, was grown on the island.Map (db m177633) HM
17West Virginia (Wood County), Blennerhassett Island — Summerhouse
Not everything in the Blennerhassett estate’s “pleasure-garden” was placed there for pleasure or style. Somewhere within its high wall lay a pond of unknown size, dug out, lined with clay, and maintained for the fish it would provide for the . . . Map (db m178090) HM
 
 
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Sep. 27, 2022