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Blennerhassett marks W.Va.’s 151st birthday

Parkersburg News and Sentinel photo by Brett Dunlap Confederate soldier re-enactors fire off shots Sunday during a battle re-enactment done on Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park.
Parkersburg News and Sentinel photo by Brett Dunlap
Confederate soldier re-enactors fire off shots Sunday during a battle re-enactment done on Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park.

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. – Visitors to Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park were able to commemorate West Virginia’s birthday as well as the state’s historical ties to the American Civil War over the weekend.

The park marked the state’s 151st birthday over the weekend with activities that ranged from an 1860s-style baseball game, a barn dance, riverboat rides, West Virginia musicians, cake and ice cream to Civil War re-enactors conducting a period camp throughout the weekend culminating with battle re-enactments on Saturday and Sunday.

“We have been very busy this weekend,” Pam Salisbury, activities coordinator for Blennerhassett Island. “We had a lot of visitors and families coming over to enjoy the West Virginia Weekend, the period baseball game and the Civil War re-enactment.”

Park officials estimated about 700 visitors came to the island Saturday and about 350 on Sunday.

In addition to the special activities, the park still conducted its regular tours of the Blennerhassett Mansion, Maple Shade was open and the horse-drawn wagon rides were conducted throughout the weekend.

Through the efforts of the re-enactors, the park volunteers and others, people had a real taste of West Virginia history, Salisbury said…

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