New book showcases unique Mid-Ohio Valley attractions

The latest book from The Marietta Times and Parkersburg News and Sentinel, “100 Things that Make the MOV Great,” is available for purchase at both newspaper locations for $19.99 or shipped for $24.99.

PARKERSBURG — The places, businesses and events that make the Mid-Ohio Valley a one-of-a-kind place to call home are featured in The Marietta Times and Parkersburg News and Sentinel’s newest book, “100 Things that Make the MOV Great.”

The 120-page project “is the latest in the series of books being produced by the newspapers that reflect the readers’ interest in the communities we serve,” said Art Smith, who designed the book and took many of the photos inside.

From the Julia-Ann Square Historic District and the mounds of Marietta to events like the Lowell Octoberfest and Mid-Ohio Valley Multicultural Festival, the book includes a variety of attractions from West Virginia and Ohio, Smith said. Featured subjects are found in Washington, Morgan, Wood, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie and Tyler counties.

“The locations range from the Broughton’s Nature Preserve to Fort Boreman Park to local covered bridges,” Smith said. “Obviously, there are well more than 100 unique locations in the valley, and we see this as the first pass at some of them.”

The books are available to purchase for $19.99 plus tax, at The Parkersburg News and Sentinel, 519 Juliana St., and The Marietta Times, 700 Channel Lane. They can be bought and shipped anywhere in the United States for $24.99. To order online, go to mariettatimes.com or newsandsentinel.com and click on the book link.

Later this year, the newspapers will publish updated editions of the history books “Washington County Remembered” and “Wood County Remembered.” The series, highlighting local educational institutions, will also continue with a history of Marietta High School, joining publications on the 100th anniversary of Parkersburg High School and the 50th anniversary of Parkersburg South.