The Julia-Ann Square Historic District is one of the showplaces in the city of Parkersburg, reminding citizens and visitors of the rich history of the Mid-Ohio Valley. Many of the planners and developers of early West Virginia worked vigorously in developing the area and the character of the state. Numerous early state government officials resided in Parkersburg. The majority of the homes in the Julia-Ann Square Historic District date c. 1840 to 1910. The historic district was home, work, and the final resting-place for many of these people. Julia-Ann Square Historic District is the largest and oldest historic district in West Virginia and is a community of approximately one hundred twenty five homes. The entire Julia-Ann Square was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.
The restoration and preservation of the Riverview Cemetery located within the district is currently in the planning stage. Former WV Governors, Senators, and other renowned people are buried here. The goal for Julia-Ann Square Association in the cemetery restoration is to replace the fencing, repair deteriorated tomb stones, and provide assistance with continual maintenance. The association plans to partner with other historic organizations, seek grants, and donations to complete the project.
The district association is organized as Julia-Ann Square Historical Community Association, Inc., a tax-exempt non-profit 501(c) (3) organization. The association was incorporated in the state of West Virginia January 29, 2001. The goals of the association are to implement a long-range Master Plan to preserve and restore the district to its original splendor.
Throughout the year, the district attracts many visitors from other states and countries as well as local citizens who come to take a magical step back into history and experience the beauty of this area. The Victorian Christmas Tour of Homes, the Spring Home and Garden Tour, and the Riverview Cemetery Tour are some of the events offered for the public. Each year, the district organization distributes approximately 4000 Walking Tour Brochures located at intervals throughout the district, community, airport and hotels. The brochure provides an interesting view of the many homes throughout the district.
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