POINT PLEASANT — Those visiting for this weekend’s Mothman Festival will also have an opportunity to learn about the history of Point Pleasant at the Mansion House in Tu-Endie-Wei State Park.
Re-enactors will fill the house and give living history tours from 8-10 p.m., tonight and Saturday. This event helps raise awareness, and funds, for the Battle Days Festival, happening next month.
The history of the house will also be told by its original owners, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Newman, portrayed by Ed and Diana Cromley. The Cromleys, or “Newmans” will be joined by a household staff in era-correct costumes answering questions in character.
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.
Battle Days is Oct. 6-8, at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park. Events include encampments, demonstrations, music, re-enactors of Chief Cornstalk, Daniel Boone, as well as Colonial Games (for kids), the Kootaga Indian Dancers, colonial church service and a memorial service for the fallen soldiers at the Battle of Point Pleasant.