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The Mid-Ohio Valley is bordered on the west by the Ohio River and is midway along the western edge of the state.
There are many small communities in the region, such as Friendly on WV Rt. 2 with its wonderful antique shop, to make a drive through the region an adventure in itself. In Williamstown visit Fenton Glass and take the factory tour - Fenton Glass celebrated 100 years in business in 2005. Vienna is the home of world-class chocolatier, Holl’s Chocolates.
Take the sternwheeler to Blennerhasset Island to the home of Harman and Margaret Blennerhasset. Enjoy a buggy ride and visit the costumed interpreters either before or after touring the Blennerhasset house where Aaron Burr fled after his duel with Alexander Hamilton. Return to Parkersburg to visit the Oil and Gas Museum, climb the spiral staircase in the old Parkersburg Library that is now a bookstore of new and used books, and explore the Julia-Ann Historic Square District of stately homes and shops.
In Parkersburg, access the western trailhead of the North Bend Rail-Trail, a 72-mile west/east rail-trail for hiking, biking, and equestrians that is named for North Bend State Park in Cairo. It goes through 4 counties, and 2 regions of the State. The North Bend Rail-Trail has 9 tunnels and is part of the American Discovery Trail.
Go back in time to Berdine’s 5 and Dime, America’s oldest dime store, in Harrisville or sit in a rocker and sip sarsaparilla at R. C. Marshall Hardware in Cairo. Beware - it will be hard to tear yourself away from both of these shops that take you back to yesteryear.
Pennsboro has an inviting old downtown along the North Bend Rail-Trail with restaurants, shops, and a marble maker. During the season motor sport enthusiasts can visit the Pennsboro Speedway, one of several speedways in the region.
A drive along The Little Kanawha Parkway, a byway that follows the Little Kanawha River, takes you through farmland and forest. Attend the many fairs and festivals such as the Mountain State Art and Crafts Fair near Ripley or the Black Walnut Festival in Spencer. See the Statts Mill Covered Bridge at Cedar Lake or tour an 1840 log house in Ravenswood.
Much of the Mid-Ohio Region is rural, making it a haven for hunting, fishing, and outdoor adventure. It is also a region of culture, history, artisans, and quaint shops and small towns to delight the visitor. There’s something for everyone in the Mid-Ohio valley!
Mid-Ohio Valley Region of West Virginia Events - Back to EventsQuilter's Get-aWay at North Bend State Park
Piece in peace at the Quilter's Get-a-Way at North Bend State Park near Cairo, WV, Feb 14-19. Complement your quilting activities with a relaxing stay at Log House Homestead B & B, just 1 1/2 miles from the Park. Call 304-628-3249 for reservations.
(01/01/2017 to 02/24/2017)
Step back in history in two venues: Stay in Log House Homestead B & B in an authentically replicated Log House, then attend "Blennerhassett By Candlelight" on Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park in nearby Parkersburg, WV, October 13, and 14, 2017. Arrive on the Island by paddle wheel boat and tour the mansion with its special activities including dancing, music, storytelling and appearances by special historic persons.
(07/01/2017 to 10/15/2017)
Combine a Get-away Weekend at Log House Homestead B & B with live theater or music. For lodging reservations call 304-628-3249. Nearby Parkersburg offers a full menu of performances. Check the schedules of the Parkersburg Actor's Guild,Parkersburg's Smoot Theater and the WV Symphony Orchestra at Parkersburg.
(01/01/2016 to 12/30/2016)
Inspect the awesome machines of yesteryear at the annual Engine and Wheels Festival at North Bend State Park on the first Saturday in May. Enjoy a relaxing weekend stay at nearby Log House Homestead B & B. For lodging reservations call 301-628-3249.
(01/01/2017 to 05/07/2017)
The City of Ravenswood will serve as the battlefield for the reenactment of the Battle of Hurricane Bridge. The event features live firing of cannons and muskets by soldiers in period garb. A ball will be held Saturday evening with those in attendance dressed in period appropriate formal wear.
(03/24/2017 to 03/26/2017)