Starr Tours & Charters

Blennerhassett Island, West Virginia

Blennerhassett Mansion; Photo Credit WV Hybrid CC BY-SA 3.0
The Blennerhassett Hotel; Photo Credit Paul Sableman on Flickr Blennerhassett Wagon Ride Blennerhassett Mansion; Photo Credit WV Hybrid CC BY-SA 3.0 Blennerhassett Sternwheeler Ride

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Mon – Fri, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM EST

Come with Starr and ride a sternwheeler to discover Blennerhassett Island, a historic West Virginia state park with a museum, a mansion, and much more.


4 Days/3 Nights

Meals Included:

3 Breakfasts, 1 Boxed Lunch, 3 Dinners


$1,449.00 per person / double occupancy
$1,699.00 per person / single occupancy
$1,419.00 per person / triple occupancy
$1,399.00 per person / quad occupancy

NOTE: Itinerary subject to change

Day 1:
Travel to Parkersburg, WV
Lunch on own
Three Overnights at the Blennerhassett Hotel
Dinner included at the Blennerhassett Hotel
Evening Entertainment with a Tribute Performance with Harmon & Margaret Blennerhassett at hotel

Day 2:
Breakfast included at hotel
Travel to Williamstonw, WV
Tour Historic Henderson Hall
Travel to Marietta, OH
Tour The Basilica of Saint Mary of the Assumption
Lunch on own in Marietta
Tour The Castle of Marietta
Visit Campus Martius Museum of the Northwest
Dinner included at local restaurant
Return to hotel

Day 3:
Breakfast included at hotel
Visit Greater Parkersburg WV Visitor Center
Visit Blennerhassett Museum
Enjoy a Sternwheeler Riverboat Ride to Blennerhassett Island
Boxed Lunch
Guided Tour of the Blennerhassett Mansion and Island Tour
Visit Crown Floral & Gifts
Jazz Dinner included at The Blennerhassett Hotel

Day 4:
Breakfast included at hotel
Check out
Travel home
Lunch on own en route

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$1,449.00 per person / double occupancy
$1,699.00 per person / single occupancy
$1,419.00 per person / triple occupancy
$1,399.00 per person / quad occupancy

Campus Martius Museum
Campus Martius, a civilian fortification, was built in 1788 by the Ohio Company of Associates. The Ohio Company Land Office is the oldest known building in Ohio that was moved to the museum site.

Today, the museum preserves the history of America's migration west, its earliest native inhabitants, and Marietta's pioneers.

The Castle of Marietta
Tour the Castle of Marietta, with its octagonal tower, trefoil attic window, and stone capped spires. The Castle of Marietta is one of the best examples of Gothic Revival style architecture in Ohio.

The Castle was built in 1855 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Our guided tour will concentrate on the Victorian era in Marietta.

Tribute Performance with Harman & Margaret Blennerhassett
Following dinner return to the hotel and enjoy an evening with characters portraying both Harmon & Margaret Blennerhassett. Born in England, Margaret defied social and religious conventions by marrying her maternal uncle, Harman Blennerhassett, a wealthy Irish aristocrat. They shared a 7,000-acre estate in County Kerry until 1795, when their union and Harman's revolutionary ideals prompted them to sell the estate and immigrate to America.

She is considered the first published poet from what is now West Virginia. While in Montreal, she published two collections of poetry, The Deserted Isle in 1822, and The Widow of the Rock and Other Poems in 1824. It was not common at this time for women to publish under their own names, that is why Margaret published under the pseudonym "A Lady". The first collection of poems she published, The Deserted Isle referenced her beloved Island, now known as Blennerhassett Island.

He was a planter who got involved with Aaron Burr, the disgraced Vice-President who had killed Alexander Hamilton in duel. Burr convinced Blennerhassett to invest in a military expedition to Texas, with the idea of starting a new country. This tale of intrigue ended in a charge of treason against both. Come find out the full story.

Blennerhassett Museum
The Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History is a showcase of three floors of priceless historical relics and objects of art from the Ohio Valley's past.

Exhibits range from prehistoric Indian tools, jewelry, weapons and household items, ca. 9000 B.C., to oil paintings, old clothing, guns and military paraphernalia, furniture belonging to West Virginia's first governor, automobiles of the 19teens, farm implements, 19th-century jewelry and glassware ranging in age from 60 to 200 years old.

In the 18th/early 19th century exhibit, visitors can find a "burning glass", a "bubby pot", some of Ohio Valley's oldest manuscripts, maps, and a mourning fan - objects of yesteryear that now strike us with their quaintness. Blennerhassett relics are among the museum's most valuable acquisitions.

The Blennerhassett Museum indeed has something for every historical interest.

Riverboat ride to Blennerhassett Island
The only way to experience the enchantment of historic Blennerhassett Island is via a 19th century-style sternwheeler riverboat on the beautiful Ohio River, carrying passengers to a setting of a bygone era. 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.

Blennerhassett Mansion and Island Tour
Harmar Blennerhassett settled on the wilderness island in 1798 with his wife. There he built a magnificent mansion designed in the Palladian style (like George Washington's Mount Vernon). The house contained 7,000 square feet of floor space. Its rooms were furnished with furniture purchased in London and Baltimore, oriental carpets, oil paintings and procelain made in Paris. It was one of the most elegant and beautiful homes west of the Alleghenies.

The Blennerhassetts reigned as the leading aristocratic family of the area...until they met Aaron Burr a former Vice President who involved them in a potentially treasonous act.

Crown Florals Gift Shop
The Crown Florals Gift Shop Area presents unique gift items for every occasion. Many guests are drawn into this wonderful space by the amazing assortment of Gourmet Dip Mixes and Specialty Foods. The gift inventory changes with the seasons and they work to find very special offerings.

Henderson Hall
Henderson Hall is a living legacy to the pioneers and patriots who walked its halls through an unbroken chain of five generations.

The Basilica of Saint Mary of the Assumption
Guided Tour of this breathtaking basilica. Saint Mary's became the USA's 76th basilica in 2013 because of its historical significance and artistic splendor.

Greater Parkersburg WV Visitor Center
Enjoy a presentation by a local historian about the Greater Parkersburg area.

Enjoy the luxurious Blennerhassett Hotel, built in the historic Queen Anne style, in historic downtown Parkersburg, WV.

The hotel opened in 1889 as new money from oil and natural gas flooded into Parkersburg. During this boom the town quickly became a vivacious city and the hotel a grand showplace for what would later be known as the Gaslight Era.

The hotel features a fitness center.

The Blennerhassett Restaurant & Lounge serves breakfast, lunch & dinner along with your favorite beverages.

Guestrooms include coffee maker, hairdryer, iron/board

-Blennerhassett Island has grass and gravel pathways. It is relatively flat once you get off the riverboat gangway and sandy landing, but anyone on a walker, or in a non-motorized wheelchair will have a difficult time.

Starr has a select quantity of wheelchair accessible motorcoaches available; therefore, we suggest you contact a Travel Advisor to discuss any needs you may have before reserving your trip.

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