PARKERSBURG – The new Historic Guide to Wood County is now available to the public.
Ten thousand copies of the 31-page brochure will be in circulation.
“It’s another tool to get visitors to the area,” Steve Nicely, director of the Greater Parkersburg Convention & Visitor’s Bureau told Wood County commissioners. Nicely also announced the state Civil War Trails wants to place a second marker at Fort Boreman Hill Historic Park.
“This one would be placed on the other side of the overlook, if the county commission gives permission,” Nicely said.
The commissioners agreed to allow the sign to be posted. There is a $200 annual maintenance fee. The Civil War Trails is a multi-state program that identifies, interprets and creates driving tours of Civil War campaigns and sites including interpretive markers with maps, illustrations and text. Fort Boreman Park is located just off U.S. 50 at the Marrtown Road exit.
“We cannot overstate the importance of historical tourism. It is the number one fastest growing tourism market,” Commissioner Rick Modesitt said.
“Heritage tourism is growing, and, according to market trends those who visit historical sites tend to stay longer, and spend more money,” Nicely said. “We hope to provide this guide as a tool to attract more of these visitors to our area, and we will soon see the kick off of the Civil War sesquicentennial.”
The brochure contains information on the history of Wood County and the city of Parkersburg, history and information on local transportation’s role in the development of statehood, the oil and gas industry history, and the part the area played in the Civil War, as well as lists and photos of historic landmarks and sites in the county.
There are also photos and information on homes in the Julia-Ann Square Historic District, as well as histories and information on Belleville, Bickel Mansion, Blennerhassett Island Historic Park, Avery Street Historic District, Fenton Glass, Fort Boreman Park, Henderson Hall, Henry Cooper Log Cabin Museum, Neal Station, James Stephenson’s House, Parkersburg City Park, Phelps-Tavenner House, Sumnerite African-American History Museum, Tillinghast Cook House, Tomlinson House, Washington Avenue District, and the Veteran’s Museum.
There is also a listing of area historic cemeteries.
For more information, contact the CVB at 350 Seventh Street, 304-428-1130, or go to the bureau’s website at: www.greaterparkersburg.com
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