Blennerhassett Hotel to mark anniversary

PARKERSBURG – The Blennerhassett Hotel is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, beginning today at the historic hotel at Fourth and Market streets in downtown Parkersburg.

A customer appreciation event is planned in the lobby beginning at 1:30 p.m. today with a birthday cake and individual cupcakes for guests. Additional events are scheduled throughout the remainder of the year, said marketing manager Nicole Slattery.

The hotel opened to the public on May 6, 1889, and been serving the Mid-Ohio Valley’s lodging and dining needs ever since, Slattery said. Built by two prominent businessmen, William N. Chancellor and J. Kaltenecker, the five-story Blennerhassett Hotel was originally intended to be named The Argyle.

To highlight the Blennerhassett’s anniversary, several events will be celebrated, including specialty historic cocktail and food menu items, a 125th Anniversary Overnight Package, as well as commemorative historic souvenirs, Slattery said.

The staff is researching historic items to place on display throughout the year.

“We are very proud of our role in Parkersburg’s great history and in its future as well,” said Cecil Childress, the Blennerhassett’s general manager.

“For 125 years the Blennerhassett staff has attempted to exemplify the highest standards of hospitality, not just in our community, but in our industry. Our people understand the responsibility of our heritage. It’s a legacy we intend to carry into the next 100 years also,” he said.

The Blennerhassett Hotel is locally owned by the Ross family, which 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.

More information about the Blennerhassett Hotel and its 125th anniversary celebrations will be available online at