Blennerhassett Mansion to be lit by candles this weekend
PARKERSBURG — The annual Blennerhassett Island by Night — The Mansion by Candlelight program will offer visitors to Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park the chance to step back in time to experience an autumn celebration as it might once have been done in the years when it served as the residence of Harman and Margaret Blennerhassett.
This year’s Mansion by Candlelight will be Friday and Saturday. Tickets for the boat ride, wagon ride and special mansion tour are $35 for adults and $25 for children ages 3-12. Any unsold boat and mansion tickets will be available each evening at the Blennerhassett Museum.
Space is limited and reservations are required by calling 304-420-4800 or visiting the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History at Second and Juliana streets in downtown Parkersburg. Information is also available online at blennerhassettislandstatepark.com.
Instead of the normal docking point at Point Park in Parkersburg, visitors will board the Island Bell at Civitan Park in Belpre. The event will be held rain or shine and tickets are non-refundable.
Boats will depart to Blennerhassett Island at 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30 and 8 p.m. and will return to Belpre at 8:30, 9, 9:30, 10 and 10:30 p.m.
Wagon rides will be available, weather permitting. The island gift shop will be open and offering its regular items. The concession stand will also be open each evening and offers a variety of foods and drink.
In addition, a harvest supper will be held both nights. Tickets for the harvest supper are separate from the boat ride and mansion tour and are $15 a person. The harvest supper will be offered at 6:15, 6:45, 7:15, 7:45 and 8:15 p.m. both evenings.
Docents in period dress will welcome visitors, who will be able to watch dances and gentlemen playing cards and a fortune-teller tent.
There will also be performances featuring recorders, a hammered dulcimer, and chamber music. The servants party will feature a bonfire, dancing, music, apple butter making by a local youth group and storytelling.