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News Release: July 6, 2017


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Pam Salisbury, Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park Pamela.D.Salisbury@wv.gov 304-420-4800

“Tea on Tuesday” at Blennerhassett Island’s Maple Shade July 18 and Aug. 29

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — “Tea on Tuesday” is a special event scheduled at the historic Putnam-Houser house on Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park. “Maple Shade” is the home’s name as it is flanked by two sugar maple trees. Teas for the 2017 season are scheduled for July 18 and Aug. 29. 

“We are sure that the Putnam family hosted many social gatherings in this home which was originally built in 1802,” said park events coordinator Pam Salisbury. “As a historical state park, we are pleased to re-create that experience for our visitors.”

The Island Belle departs for the island from Point Park in Parkersburg at 11 a.m. Upon arrival, guests will be escorted to horse-drawn wagons that take them to Maple Shade for the tea. The cost is $26 per person, and includes the sternwheeler ride, wagon ride, house tour and tea time. Reservations are required, and can be made by calling 304-420-4800.

About the Putnam-Houser House – “Maple Shade” – On Blennerhassett Island

Maple Shade is an original 18th-century style wooden house that has the unusual distinction of never having been modernized. It exists today as its original owners, Aaron Waldo and Charlotte Loring Putnam, built it in 1802 — when Aaron Burr had just been elected vice president of the United States to serve alongside the new president, Thomas Jefferson. Maple Shade is not the Blennerhassett Mansion house.

The Putnams, both members of prominent New England families, had immigrated to Belpre in the Northwest Territory (today's Ohio) in 1789. Having survived the 1791-1795 Indian war and prospered as farmers on the Ohio Valley frontier, Aaron Waldo and Charlotte decided to build a new home for themselves and their growing family. They chose as its site a low bluff in the six-mile-long Belpre settlement overlooking the Ohio River, across from a long, large Ohio River island soon to be permanently named for their close friends, Harman and Margaret Blennerhassett.

The Putnams christened their house "Maple Shade." Legend has it that this was for two maple trees Charlotte planted in front of her new home, and which held special meaning for her. The full history of the home and how it came to rest on Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park is detailed during Tea on Tuesday events. It also may be found by visiting www.blennerhassettislandstatepark.com/Putnam_Houser.html.

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Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce Blennerhassett Island State Park will host “Tea for Tuesday” at the Putnam-Houser house July 13 and Aug. 29, 2017.
Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce Blennerhassett Island State Park will host “Tea for Tuesday” at the Putnam-Houser house July 13 and Aug. 29, 2017.