For their July club meeting, members of the Camp Conley CEOS Club followed their June lesson information and did a “Staycation in West Virginia.”
Members met at 8:30 a.m. at the home of Darlene and Becky Haer and immediately traveled to Parkersburg. The first stop was the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History and Gift Shop. Members purchased tickets for Blennerhasset Island Historical State Park. Travel to the island is by the Island Belle sternwheeler. After a 20-minute ride on the Ohio River from Parkersburg Riverfront Park, members arrived on the island. At 11:30 a.m., members boarded a horse-drawn wagon for a tour around the island. Many interesting facts were given by the driver about the Blennerhassetts. He also pointed out the large black walnut grove, the Putnam-Houser House, sites of other buildings and the various wildlife on the island.
Then on to a tour of the recreated Blennerhassett Mansion. The first stop was the office of Harman Blennerhassett, a wealthy Irish aristocrat. The guide pointed out many items in his office that were very unusual for the area. Next to the office are the graves of Margaret and their son who had been relocated from New York. Upon entering the downstairs of the mansion, the guide talked about the interior and the various original pieces of furniture owned by the Blennerhassetts and other furnishings of the era that have been eventually recovered via donation or purchase. Upstairs, the guide met members in the game/dance floor area before touring the various bedrooms. The last stop at the mansion was the kitchen located on the left side of the house. Margaret Blennerhassetts had many unusual kitchen tools including a locked sugar safe and stone sink. On the ride back to the riverfront park, Molly Miller took the sternwheel of the boat and guided members up the river for part of the trip.
Back on dry land, everyone was hungry, so they had lunch at Cheddars. During this time, a short business meeting was held. President Becky Haer appointed Molly Miller and Isabelle Yoder to the nominating committee. Officers will be elected at the next meeting. Plans for CEOS day at the Mason County Fair were also discussed. Following lunch, shopping was enjoyed at the Parkersburg Mall.
On the way home, Darlene turned off Ohio State Route 7 on to Ohio State Route 124 and members enjoyed a scenic drive along the Ohio River through the truck farming area viewing many large farm fields. Corn and tomatoes were acquired at one of the stops. Upon arriving back in Point Pleasant, members stated that they had enjoyed their “Staycation in West Virginia and Ohio.”
Submitted by Club Treasurer and Reporter Darlene Haer.