Blennerhassett Hotel marks 125th year

PARKERSBURG – The Blennerhassett Hotel kicked off the celebration of its 125th anniversary by letting people eat cake – and cupcake.

This year marks the 125th anniversary of the Blennerhassett Hotel, which is celebrating through the month of May.

More than 200 mini-cupcakes created by Downtown Bakery in Parkersburg were handed out Tuesday afternoon in the hotel lobby as part of a customer appreciation event for visitors and guests, said marketing director Nicole Slattery.

Hotel guests and community visitors stopped in through the afternoon to mark the anniversary and enjoy the cupcakes, Slattery said.

“I believe it was a successful event,” she said.

Carrie Nesselrode, executive director of Downtown PKB, was among those who stopped in Tuesday to mark the anniversary.

“What other organizations and what other companies do you know that get to celebrate 125 years; it’s wonderful,” Nesselrode said. “They are a wonderful establishment, a wonderful historical part of downtown. We’re glad to celebrate with them and hope they’re here for a hundred more.”

The historic hotel opened to the public on May 6, 1889. It was built by two prominent businessmen, William N. Chancellor and J. Kaltenecker, and was originally intended to be named The Argyle.

The Blennerhassett Hotel is locally owned by the Ross family who has given it a multi-million dollar renovation. The hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a member of the Historic Hotels of America and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

To highlight the hotel’s anniversary through the month of May, several events will be celebrated, including specialty historic cocktail and food menu items, a 125th Anniversary Overnight Package, as well as commemorative historic souvenirs. The hotel staff is researching historic items to place on display throughout the year.