Parkersburg Travel Guide

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Parkersburg Things to Do

  • Fort Boreman

    Fort Boreman is a Civil War fortification overlooking the city of Parkersburg. The park near the fort offers some beautiful views of the city of Parkersburg and the river, as well as some cannons and a short path leading up to the trail at the top of the fort. It's a great chance to get outside and enjoy some really beautiful views of the whole...

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  • Tour Fenton Art Glass Factory

    Another UPDATE: http://www.newsandsentinel.com/page/content.detail/id/561393.htmlUPDATE: Okay, Fenton isn't closing but they have stopped making their traditional pressed and handblown gift and art glass. They are concentrating on making jewelry and glass beads. They still offer limited factory tours--check their website for the schedule. The gift...

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  • Glass floors, spiral staircase, cats AND...

    I'm so sorry to say the Trans-Allegheny bookstore is closed due to the death of the owner. According to what I've heard on the local grapevine it won't be re-opening anytime soon. Gossip has it that the books were willed to one person and the building to another person. I don't know who gets the cats! If what I've heard about the will is true, then...

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  • Investigate Parkersburg's Floodwalls

    Parkersburg's floodwall was built to keep the Ohio and Little Kanawha Rivers out of the city. The flood of 1913 was the worst--the Ohio River crested here at 58.9 feet. The stage at which damage would begin to occur was 36 feet, so downtown was under more than 20 feet of water in that flood. Then, less than 25 years later in the flood of 1937, the...

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  • Blennerhassett Island Historical State...

    Check out the Blennerhasset island. In order to check it out you must arrive by a fairy boat. Then ounce you arrive there is severa things to do like guided tours, narrated wagon rides, hiking trails and even picnic facilities. These events are open between May and October.

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  • Tour Henderson Hall--now reopened

    A real time capsule of a pre-Civil War home/plantation...Henderson Hall is unique. Built by the Henderson family in 1836, it was continually occupied by the same family from that time until 2007. Henderson Hall was a 2600 acre plantation that was one of the northernmost to keep slaves. In fact, the view from the front of Henderson Hall looks out...

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  • Visit Blennerhassett Island and tour the...

    First go to the Blennerhassett Museum at Second and Julianna Streets and purchase your tickets for the Sternwheeler ride (totally necessary since the mansion is on an island and the sternwheeler is the only public transportation to the island) and tickets for the mansion tour. You may also purchase tickets for a horse drawn wagon ride around the...

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  • Visit one of the oldest burial sites in...

    The MOV is the Mid-Ohio Valley. Some of the oldest known burial sites in the country are located in this area. No, I'm not talking about the cemeteries of the early settlers--I'm talking about the burial mounds left by the Adena and Hopewell Indians. The Adena/Hopewell Culture was centered in the Ohio valley in southern Ohio--right around our area....

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  • Tour the largest historic district in...

    Parkersburg has some beautiful buildings in a variety of architectural styles--certainly more than you would generally expect to find in a small town/city in West Virginia. The reason it is blessed with such an abundance is because after the Civil War, due to its location on the river and its proximity to the newly discovered oil and gas fields in...

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  • Grand Central Mall

    This mall contains stores such as the Gap, Steve and Barry's, Limited Too, Victoria's Secret, Goody's Proffitt's, Elder Berman, JC Penney and Sears. I can't forget the movie cinema.

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  • Emerson Bowling Lanes

    If you like to go bowling, then this is a great place to go! The only draw back is it is not a smoke free place so, you will often be overwhelmed with cigarettes sometimes, but they have a really cool laser bowling.

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  • Regal Movie Theater in the Mall

    We try to always catch a flick while at the mall. It is easy access and free parking so it is all in one stop for shopping/eating/ and entertainment. This particular day we saw a comedy. The Regal theaters have a discount card you can sign up for and get points to earn discounts on admission and concession. It is free, so you should take advantage...

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Parkersburg Restaurants

  • Buffalo Wild Wings

    Dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings is always one of our favorite meals to set down..talk, enjoy food and just get caught up. I always alternate allowing my son or daughter to pick our location for breaking bread...and usually this one is always chosen by either of them or both of them jointly!!!.Noelle and Joshua (my children) and my son's friend Brian...

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  • The Point of View is Closed--No longer...

    Point of View was a special place, but it has been closed for the past several years. Lui Lui and the Colonnade in Vienna--two other fine dining locations in the area--have also closed. Options for truly fine dining are pretty much limited to Spats in the Blennerhassett Hotel in Parkersburg and the Buckley House Restaurant at 332 Front Street in...

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  • Best place in town for Root Beer...but...

    Another victim of the Great Recession of 2008-09, Tim's Root Beer is out of business. They moved from Staunton Avenue out to Washington, WV then closed after a year or two at that location. I'll leave the original review for nostalgia's sake....Tim's has the best root beer in town, bar none. The menu is essentially a diner menu, with extremely...

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  • A&W is no longer in business here

    A&W Root Beer is closed. Their former location is now occupied by Tampico Mexican Restaurant. If you are looking for excellent root beer try Tim's Root Beer in Washington, WV, or you could try Der Dog Haus on 7th Street in Parkersburg.Opps, sorry Tim's Root Beer is out of business also....Guess root beer lovers are out of luck.

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  • New Orleans style bistro cuisine comes...

    I'm so sorry to say this restaurant has closed. The Great Recession of 2008-09 did it in. We miss it very much. Perhaps someday Michael will open another restaurant. We hope so...and if he does and we find out about it, I'll be sure to review it. In the meanwhile, in the interest of nostalgia, I'll let the original review stay.The Pepper Mill...

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  • A good choice for fine dining

    The food is very good. Everything my husband and I have ever eaten here has been good. The service is great--quick, unobtrusive, and attentive--and they expect you to take your time with your meal. Even when nearly every table is taken, you don't get the feeling they are trying to rush you to get out of there so they can turn the table over to...

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Parkersburg Transportation

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    by kevanrijn Updated Jan 31, 2007

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    Please be careful when driving on Murdoch Avenue in Parkersburg. The intersection of Murdoch Avenue and Lakeview Avenue (where Murdoch Avenue morphs into Grand Central Avenue) has several times made the top ten list of most dangerous intersections in West Virginia. I have personally seen a number of accidents at this intersection.

    Due to all the retail activity in the immediate vicinity there is almost always a good bit of traffic during the day. Murdoch is seven lanes wide at this point, and Lakeview (which crosses Murdoch at an odd angle) is three lanes wide at this intersection. So you have a lot of potential for a serious accident. Murdoch Avenue in general is probably the most dangerous street in Parkersburg, due to the volume of traffic and the heavy business and retail activity.

    Be careful, buckle up and drive safe!

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Parkersburg Shopping

  • Grand Central Mall

    Grand Central Mall in Parkersburg WV area (actually Vienna) is very nice...I have never experienced any issues at this mall and no safety issues. I feel safe while shopping here. I love the food court area but wish they had more food options...and I like the fact that the movie theater is located right there (REGAL...so I can earn my Regal points)...

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  • Warehouses full of used furniture &...

    This place is huge! It takes up most of a city block and is stuffed full of antiques, used furniture, appliances, flea market finds and all kinds of odds and ends--lamps, bric-a-brac, etc. No clothing or shoes, but just about anything you might need for the house or yard. If you love flea markets and used furniture and really want to look around...

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  • One of my favorite shops

    My Favorite Things is one of my favorite shops. They have two locations--one in Vienna, and one in downtown Marietta. They sell my favorite upscale bath and body products--Lady Primrose, Camille Beckman and Crabtree and Evelyn. They have things you just can't find anywhere else in the area--such as scented drawer liner paper--nice little luxuries...

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Parkersburg Local Customs

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    by kevanrijn Updated Feb 23, 2012

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    No doubt you've heard Pete and Re-Pete jokes. Example: two men, Pete and Re-Pete went out fishing in a boat. Pete fell in. Who was left in the boat? Re-Pete. Well, Parkersburg is home to the real Pete and Re-Pete--John and Gerald Beckett. You may find yourself doing a double take if you encounter them. No need to get your eyes checked--or worry that you've had too much to drink--you aren't seeing double. No, you have just had an encounter with Parkersburg's two most famous eccentrics!

    Pete and Re-Pete are two elderly, identical-looking men. They look alike, they dress alike--from their hats to their footwear. According to what I've heard, they are brothers--John and Gerald Beckett by name and are two years apart in age.

    That is not so unusual perhaps--two grown men who aren't twins dressing as if they are--but their behavior is the kicker. The two men do nothing but walk. All day long. All night long too, from what we can tell. I've encountered them walking around at 2 am. 6am. Middle of day. Late in the evening. All hours, all weathers.

    And it isn't even that they dress like twins when they aren't, and spend all their time walking together. It's the way they walk. Not side by side, as you might expect. Nope. They are always walking the same way.... single file, one in front of the other. Not close together though. Not even within talking distance. Usually one of them is a quarter to half a block behind the other. They don't talk. Not even to coordinate where they are going.

    If one of them gets too far ahead of the other, he stops for a bit and waits for the other to get closer--but not close enough to walk together. I've even seen them stop and lie down under a shade tree--one laid down on one side of the tree and one laid down on the opposite side. Keeping an eye out for Pete and Re-Pete is a local custom of sorts.

    Update: John was struck by a car in August 2006 while walking at night. His leg was broken. His Gerald still walks around town...while pushing John in his wheelchair.

    Update: Now that John has healed, they sometimes take turns pushing each other in the wheelchair--or so I've heard.

    Pete and Re-Pete post injury March 2007 Pete and Re-Pete doing their thang...July 2006 Pete and Re-Pete close up Pete and Re-Pete lying down on the job

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Parkersburg Warnings and Dangers

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    Please be careful when driving on Murdoch Avenue in Parkersburg. The intersection of Murdoch Avenue and Lakeview Avenue (where Murdoch Avenue morphs into Grand Central Avenue) has several times made the top ten list of most dangerous intersections in West Virginia. I have personally seen a number of accidents at this intersection.

    Due to all the retail activity in the immediate vicinity there is almost always a good bit of traffic during the day. Murdoch is seven lanes wide at this point, and Lakeview (which crosses Murdoch at an odd angle) is three lanes wide at this intersection. So you have a lot of potential for a serious accident. Murdoch Avenue in general is probably the most dangerous street in Parkersburg, due to the volume of traffic and the heavy business and retail activity.

    Be careful, buckle up and drive safe!

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Parkersburg What to Pack

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    by kevanrijn Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Average annual precipation is 41.5 inches--about 3 inches more than Seattle-Tacoma gets. Yet Seattle has the rep for being rainy. After living in both places, I know why. Seattle rainfall tends to be drizzles which go on for days. In Parkersburg, we get more rain, but "when it rains, it pours." In Seattle it virtually never rains from the beginning of June through the middle of September, then it rains for days on end from October through May. In Parkersburg, you are just as likely to get drenched in July as you are in March. I would certainly recommend you either check the forecast before you visit, or else pack a raincoat and umbrella. We sometimes go several weeks without any precipition, but if it does rain, you will wish you had your bumbershoot!

    If you are visiting in November through March, you should make sure you have a coat. We do get cold temperatures (it was -3 degrees F last night) and snow, although sometimes we have temps in the sixties and seventies during the winter months (rare, but true).

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Don't forget your prescriptions....

    Photo Equipment: Don't forget your camera!

    Our neighborhood during a November snowfall We do get snow here in the winter
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Parkersburg Off The Beaten Path

  • A park with a view

    Get in your exercise for the day by walking to the little park at the top of Quincy Hill. The steps to the top of the hill will give you an excellent cardio workout...and the view will steal what is left of your breath! There is a sweeping view of the river and the downtown historic district. The site of the park has several claims to historic...

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  • Go off the chain in Edison Arboretum

    Looking for a pleasant place to go for a walk and leave the city behind? A visit to the 12 acre Edison arboretum can make you feel as if you have escaped into the country. Furthermore, the arboretum is fenced (with chain link fencing) and you can, with care, let your dog off the leash once on the trail. Edison arboretum has been restored (thanks to...

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  • Tour haunted Parkersburg

    Every fall a local group offers walking tours of haunted Parkersburg. Whether you are a true believer or a scoffing skeptic, the tour is enjoyable and informative. In fact, it is one of the most popular and acclaimed ghost tours in the nation, although it didn't quite make the top ten list. After going on it two different years, I can personally...

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