Parkersburg definitely knows its produce, and there is no better way to sample locally grown foods, handmade crafts, and the local way of life than at the Downtown Farmers' Marketplace. Located on--where else?-- Market Street, this bright bazaar is chock full of everything from homemade soaps, paper art, and jewelry to organic greenhouse-grown vegetables and tender meats. The market is a fun place to chat with friends, and since it is open twice a week from May through October and every Saturday from October to March, you will have plenty of time to socialize and support the local economy.
Smiles at the Smoot
Another social hub of Parkersburg is found at the Smoot Theatre in the heart of the downtown commercial area. A vaudeville house until the 1920s, the Smoot was saved from demolition by people who believed it was too significant to destroy. The stately building became a gathering place for the community when volunteers started producing plays and booking live musicians. Generally, a new play or musical is put on each month of the year. If you are looking to insert yourself into Parkersburg's local arts community and enjoy some entertainment, the Smoot Theatre is the place to do it.
The Grandest Park Aro
Get a taste of Parkersburg's olden days and learn about the history of your new town with a visit to the Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park. Located on its namesake island, the park is home to some stunning examples of bygone architecture and acres of woodsy paths. Take a guided tour of the buildings that is led by a docent in a period-appropriate costume, or enjoy a wagon-ride excursion around the perimeter of the park on a sunny day. You will need to take a sail on the Island Belle sternwheeler, which departs from Point Park downtown, to get to your island destination.