ExploreWV Geocoin Challenge #14 - Blennerhassett
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Geocoin Challenge #14
of Regional History
ExploreWV GeoChallenge is a new group of Geocache enthusiasts in West Virginia brought to you by the WV Department of Education and the Arts, the WV Division of Tourism, and the WV Division of Culture and History. Through ExploreWV, various Geocaching trails and challenges will be organized, providing an excellent and adventurous way to see our beautiful Mountain State. You will be treated to some of the state's best tourist spots, museums, historical sites, Main Streets, and so much more.
The first ExploreWV GeoChallenge is the WV Geocoin challenge. Be one of the first 250 geocachers to complete the inaugural event of ExploreWV and receive a limited-edition West Virginia Geocoin. The WV Geocoin Challenge is a four-part adventure that will take you throughout the Mountain State where you will discover hidden caches at tourist attractions, museums, and historic markers.
Each "cachegory" will contain nine to 10 caches and seekers must find and document at least five caches from each, plus the cache at the West Virginia State Museum. Documentation will be through an official ExploreWV Playbook and you must find clues in each cache and document them in a crossword puzzle to receive the limited-edition Geocoin. There is a limit of one coin per household.
But remember, to receive your official ExploreWV Playbook and to be eligible for the West Virginia Geocoin, you must be a registered member of ExploreWV GeoChallenge. Visit us online at GeocacheWV to register and download the Playbook.
The Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History opened its doors on April 30, 1988, in response to a long-standing need to preserve, protect and exhibit the region's history. Although the Daughters of American Pioneers' log house museum in Parkersburg's City Park has preserved many artifacts since 1910, its space and visiting hours are severely limited. The next closest museum to the area is in Marietta, Ohio. The Blennerhassett Museum became the first professionally-operated, publicly-funded museum of regional history in west/central West Virginia.
The four-story brick building itself has an interesting past. The Starr Grocer Company constructed its offices and warehouses in 1902. Prospering, the company doubled the building's size in the 1920's and weathered the Great Depression, only to go out of business in the 1940's. Purchased in 1947 by the Guthrie-Morris Campbell Company of Charleston, the structure was sold by them in 1983 to the Blennerhassett Historical Park Commission, which renovated it in 1985 and1986 through a Federal EDA grant secured by Rene Zabeau.
The Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History is a showcase of three floors of priceless historical relics and objects of art from the Ohio Valley's past. Exhibits range from prehistoric Indian tools, jewelry, weapons and household items, ca. 9000 B.C., to oil paintings, old clothing, guns and military paraphernalia, furniture belonging to West Virginia's first governor, automobiles of the 19teens, farm implements, 19th-century jewelry and glassware ranging in age from 60 to 200 years old. In the 18th/early 19th century exhibit, visitors can find a "burning glass", a "bubby pot", some Ohio Valley's oldest manuscripts, maps, and a mourning fan ~ objects of yesteryear that now strike us with their quaintness. Blennerhassett relics are among the museum's most valuable acquisitions. The Blennerhassett Museum indeed has something for every historical interest. For more information on this area, visit GeocacheWV or Blennerhassett Museum.
You will be seeking a large bison tube, which is hidden near the museum. Please be aware of the operating hours of the museum, as this cache can only be obtained during normal business hours. These hours can be found by clicking the link above. If you wish to tour the museum there is a small fee for admission. There will be a label under the lid with a little fact about the area and the code word needed for documentation in the Playbook.
A special thanks goes to BigCat for placing and maintaining this cache!
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