Area’s historic tourism is great

I was glad to read in a recent Parkersburg News and Sentinel article the area’s tourist attractions are having a good summer. While the cool summer may be a contributor, I think the historic entities mentioned are certainly worth the trip for visitors. We appreciate our local newspaper showcasing these offerings.

My husband and I live in Julia-Ann Square Historic District and have noticed an increased number of – especially out-of-state visitors – taking our Walking Tour. The Julia-Ann Square Association publishes a free booklet with pictures and histories of the homes in the District. These are distributed at the West Virginia Welcome Center in Williamstown, the Blennerhassett Hotel, the Wood County Courthouse and in boxes mounted on fences in the Historic District itself. As recently as today, my husband invited a couple from Chicago who were using the Walking Tour brochure to tour our historic home. They said they would love for the historic area in Chicago to make such a guide for their homes.

Each year the Julia-Ann Square Association provides several thousand guests with the Walking Tour brochures, which, along with the other historic sites, contributes to the economic well-being of our area.

We are so fortunate to call this “history rich” section of the great state of West Virginia home.

Judith C. Smith