Rendezvous on the River recreates frontier life

PARKERSBURG — Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park is presenting frontier life from the 18th and 19th centuries this week.

The annual Rendezvous on the River began Wednesday and runs through Saturday.

The rendezvous, put on by the West Virginia Muzzleloaders Association and Blennerhassett Island, recreates the frontier life of the 18th and 19th centuries through authentic camps, demonstrations and period costumes.

There is no charge for visits to the Rendezvous camp and demonstrations. Blennerhassett Island can only be reached by sternwheeler from Point Park in downtown Parkersburg. Tickets are available at the Blennerhassett Museum at Second and Juliana streets in downtown Parkersburg.

The rates are: museum admission at the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History, $4 for adults and $2 for children ages 3-12; boat ride, $10 for adults and $8 for children ages 3-12; mansion tour, $4 for adults and $2 for children ages 3-12; and wagon ride, $5 each for all ages. The island is open from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

During the Rendezvous, there are individuals and families on the island in period camps doing fire building with flint and steel, outdoor cooking, playing kids games and making crafts. There will also be gun builders and tomahawk- and knife-throwing demonstrations, said organizers.

This is the 31st year the Rendezvous on the River has been held on Blennerhassett Island.

The clothing and many of the furnishings used in the camp are handmade. Other items, such as cookware and other equipment, are either authentic or reproductions made to function as pieces did in that time period.

The re-enactors cover the period before 1840 and go back to the Revolutionary War period. Rendezvous participants can be anything pre-1840s.

For more information contact the park office at 304-420-4800.