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Friends and Support

Blennerhassett Island History and Preservation

Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park is bolstered by the energy of two non-profit organizations: The Blennerhassett Historical Foundation, Inc., and the Friends of Blennerhassett.  These two distinct volunteer entities, "The Foundation" and "the Friends", cooperatively assist Blennerhassett Island Historical State park with different type of volunteer and monetary support.

The interpretative efforts, tours on the island and mansion, and assistance with special programming events falls generally to the Friends group. The Foundation focus leans more toward discovery of historical artifacts, documents, and structural procurement, and special projects involving, but not limited to, the research of the island history, restoration and rejuvenation.

Friends of Blennerhassett

137 Juliana Street • Parkersburg, WV  26101

  • Mark Abbott, President
  • Dean Holbert, Membership Coordinator
  • Rosemary Alonzo, Donations Coordinator

Special events organized by the Friends of Blennerhassett include, but not limited to:

Blennerhassett Mansion by Candlelight
Annual Quilt Show
Trees of Our Heritage

“The Island Packet”

“The Island Packet”, is a biannual publication that showcases history, current archival work and interest about Blennerhassett Island.  Past copies are posted to this website to encourage interest for the friends group and to foster historical knowledge and share historical facts with the public. “The Island Packet”

Blennerhassett Historical Foundation

137 Juliana Street • Parkersburg, WV  26101

  • Mark A. Lewis, President
  • Jerrel Anderson, (Archeologist) Vice President,
  • Mark Abbott, Treasurer
  • Kathryn Lamm, Secretary
  • Mark Abbott, Donations Coordinator

Projects the foundation has undertaken or currently working on, include:

Restoration of the circa 1802 Putnam-Houser House
Partial reconstruction of the Blennerhassetts' 2-1/3 acre pleasure gardens
Installation of museum quality lighting in the Blennerhassett Museum
Re-painting of the interior of the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History
Purchase of reception desk for the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History


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