History and mystery at the Mansion House


POINT PLEASANT — Visitors to Point Pleasant during the upcoming Mothman Festival will also be able to take in some living history at the Mansion House at Tu-Endie-Wei State park.

On Friday and Saturday of the festival, starting at 8 p.m., living history tours of the home will treat guests to the “original owners,” Mr. and Mrs. Walter Newman, and several others.

“It’s about the history and mystery of the Mansion House,” said Darlene Haer, treasurer of the Battle Days Committee.

This event is intended as a fundraiser for Battle Days, an annual event in Point Pleasant taking place Oct. 6-8. According to Haer, recent cuts from federal funding has caused the committee to look for new ways to generate revenue. Characters will be in full costume for the tours, recreating life in a time gone by.

The home was originally built in 1796 by Walter Newman on a promise to his wife. She only agreed to come west “if you build me a mansion.” This led to the name of the home, the Mansion House. Newman came over the Allegheny Mountains and fought in the Battle of Point Pleasant, right where the house currently stands. After the conflict, Newman built the home and awaited his wife to join him.

During this waiting period, the home served as a tavern and inn for travelers in the area. While it does not appear large from the outside, it contains a basement, two stories, and an attic. Within its’ walls are contained some of the first items of their kind to come west, and a collection of items significant to local history and the time period. One of the oldest clocks to cross the mountains resides on the mantel in the main sitting room.

This history will be on display in a new way, giving guests a unique chance to see what life was like in the Mansion House over 200 years ago. Tickets are $5 a person to get in, and are available at the door.

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The tours will start at 8 p.m. at the Mansion House on Friday and Saturday of the Mothman Festival.
http://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2017/08/web1_DSC_01462017829125445531.jpgThe tours will start at 8 p.m. at the Mansion House on Friday and Saturday of the Mothman Festival. Morgan McKinniss|OVP
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By Morgan McKinniss

mmckinniss@aimmediamidwest.com

Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108 or mmckinniss@aimmediamidwest.com.