Blennerhassett Island offers programs this weekend

PARKERSBURG – A pair of special programs will be held this weekend on Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park, focusing on nature and on pioneer heritage.

A nature program entitled “Make a Bird Nest” will be from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Saturday on Blennerhassett Island.

Participants will learn how birds build their nests and will weave their own using natural items. There will also be information about birds in the Ohio River area presented by naturalist Mike Williams.

The nature program is free to island visitors. Take the 1 p.m. Island Belle boat or come earlier attend the program. Boat tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children ages 3-12 at the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History at Second and Juliana streets.

More information is also available by calling 304-420-4800 or online at

The second program will be Pioneer Heritage Days on Saturday and Sunday on Blennerhassett Island, the second such program of the summer on the island.

Visitor will have the chance to enjoy a pioneer living history weekend, including first-hand looks at a blacksmith, a weaver, a candle-maker, a leathersmith, a basket weaver and a cook. The activities are free to view for island visitors.

Boats run on an hourly schedule beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday and noon on Sunday and return on the half hour. The last trip off the island is 5:30 p.m. Demonstrations will be presented from 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday and 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday.