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Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor
Frank Jezioro, Director

News Release: May 1, 2013

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Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov


Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park, 304-420-4800;

Rendezvous on the River May 8-11 on Blennerhassett Island

            PARKERSBURG, W.Va. – Blennerhassett Island is the host site for the 25th annual Rendezvous on the River on May 8-11. The event is sponsored by West Virginia Muzzleloaders Association and Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park.

            A rendezvous is defined as a retreat, an appointment, or a place specified for a special meeting. The West Virginia Muzzleloaders Association will create a dynamic form of living history interpretation of early frontier life. The primitive encampment will be an old-time rendezvous of the pre-1840 fur trade era. Mountain men donned in authentically reproduced buckskins and other period clothing will shoulder muskets, cook over open fires, and sleep in canvas tents or live in tepees or other primitive shelters. Family camp life, traditional craft work and traders will engage in activities that would have been typical to the early frontiersman. There will be knife throwing and hawk demonstrations. Re-enactors will be available to answer questions as visitors travel back in time to West Virginia prior to 150 years ago.

            The sternwheeler Island Belle transports visitors to Blennerhassett Island on an hourly basis Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and on Sunday from noon to 5:30 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to arrive no later than 2 p.m. to allow ample time to visit the rendezvous campsites. Boats depart the island on the half-hour. The last boat leaves the Island at 4:30 p.m. The round-trip cost of the boat ride is $9 for adults; $7 for children ages 3-12.  The Island Belle sternwheeler departs from Point Park at the end of Second Street in downtown Parkersburg, W.Va.  Boat tickets must be purchased at the Blennerhassett Museum.

            Visitors can purchase tickets to tour the Blennerhassett Mansion, take a horse-drawn wagon ride, make use of picnic facilities, browse in the island gift shop, and have lunch at the snack stand. These ticket sales are available on the island. There is accommodation for transport of special-needs visitors to island points of interest.

            For more information about Blennerhassett Island, contact at 304-420-4800 or visit www.blennerhassettislandstatepark.com.


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