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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

Have Brunch with Margaret Blennerhassett This Summer at Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — A unique tour of Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park’s namesake mansion will be offered this summer and will include brunch with an actress portraying one of its original owners.

Participants of the tour will begin the day with a visit to the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History. After, they’ll ride the sternwheeler, Island Belle, to the island where they’ll be greeted by Margaret Blennerhassett, who will invite guests to tour her beautiful home and stay for a light brunch, just as she might have done in 1798.

"Margaret Blennerhassett was known in the Wood County and Belpre, Ohio area for entertaining guests," said Pam Salisbury, activities coordinator. “Margaret’s love of entertaining makes her a sparkling hostess.”

Margaret, portrayed by Carolina Alvarez, will give guests a glimpse into the 18th-century frontier life she and husband Harman experienced while living on an island. She will also share intriguing stories about Aaron Burr, Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton.

The cost of the entire package is $43.95 per person. Reservations are required. Brunch dates for this season are July 20, Aug. 17 and Sept. 16. For more information about the island or to make reservations, please call the park office at 304-420-4800.


Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce Carolina Alvarez as Margaret Blennerhassett
Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce Carolina Alvarez as Margaret Blennerhassett