Once we were safely on Blennerhassett Island, we toured the replica of the mansion.
I’m a little surprised that it wasn’t a little more historically accurate though. I mean, I know that the house only was used by the family for a scant 6 years (and only stood for 11 total) but I’m a little surprised that no paintings of it have been found. The museum in Parkersburg has an entire wall of paintings, many of them quite different from each other. The earliest was based on a print from 1850….and while I (in my extremely uneducated opinion) would give that one the most weight…ones similar to it are generally regarded as the most inaccurate. My thoughts are that people alive in 1850 may have actually seen the house, thus create a more accurate print than people who simply read about the house as described in letters.
Obviously, that’s not true, since this is what they rebuilt it to look like.
The footprint is the same (and non-negotiable, since they dug up and found the original foundation) but those are pretty different. Letters describe the house as being very grand though, so maybe the early print isn’t accurate at all.
I did have a hard time feeling it though. I mean, the perfectly even and smooth 1980 wood floors don’t really give you that 1800s feeling. It was beautifully done though.
The Walnut Room:
Ladies Parlor (pianoforte is actually Margaret Blennerhassets. it was auctioned off in 1807 and gifted to the historical society)
Small library with floor to ceiling bookcases:
Harman had his own larger library/study/laboratory/wine cellar in the small building on the left wing of the house as well, but I couldn’t get good photos in there.
Gentlemen’s Guest Room (through the small library)
Upstairs room for entertaining. Card playing or dancing, depending on the mood.
Ladies Guest Room:
Kitchen (smaller detached wing to the left of the main house)
On a side note, would this not be the perfect location for my little dream discovery farm/petting zoo? It would. And I’d do it for free, they’d just have to let me live in the house. That’s all.