When romantic sparks fly you may find yourself in search of a place to propose to your one and only. Here are the top ten places in Parkersburg to propose to the one you love. Many of these hold historical significance, and all are astoundingly picturesque! Should you have a photographer to capture your big moment, these locations will truly shine:
1. McDonough Wildlife Refuge
2196 Rosemar Rd, Vienna, WV 26105
The refuge in its entirety expands across 270 acres of astounding landscape. The park is open from dawn till dusk 7 days a week. Six miles worth of hiking trails, and while hiking them you may see many different types of animals which may include turkey, white-tailed deer, red fox, gray fox, and several species of waterfowl in the ponds and wetlands within the wildlife refuge. For picnic goers or for avid hikers this would be the perfect place to take your one true love to propose in the deep and beautiful wooded hills that run through the Parkersburg area.
2. Quincy Park
903 Quincy Street, Parkersburg, WV
Located in the heart of The Avery Historic District sits a very quiet, cozy historic park with an expansive view across Downtown Parkersburg and the Ohio and Little Kanawha Rivers – bringing you to nature without having to hike into the great dense forests of West Virginia. Featuring a staircase that has over one hundred and fifty steps leading you up to the secluded little park. Once known as Prospect Hill the site was used during the American Civil War as a hospital. This space is a beautiful hilltop in the heart of the historic Parkersburg area, which is the one place to overlook The Historic Avery Street District filled with late Victorian homes. You and your true love could make Quincy Park the park of your memories by proposing on that quaint and quiet hilltop.
3. Parkersburg City Park
1920 Park Avenue, Parkersburg, WV
Parkersburg City Park is the largest residential park in Wood County. Featuring a public swimming pool, splash park, and sports facilities. It also features an encompassing walking tour which takes you past an exquisite pond, playground, community center, the Veterans Memorial, and Cooper’s Cabin Museum. While on this beautiful walking trail why not pop the question while near the exquisite pond or in front of Cooper’s Cabin.
4. Government Square Court House
1 Government Square, Parkersburg, WV
If architectural beauty is what you seek, look no further than Parkersburg’s very own Courthouse. The first settlers of the area destined this spot to be the hub of Wood County’s politics back in 1899 when construction began on Wood County Courthouse. The courthouse took close to two years to finish its gothic, five-story, stone structure design. While the courthouse was being built it was decided upon to use native sandstone, the Courthouse is an excellent example of modified gothic architecture featuring towering turrets, marble staircases, balconies, magnificent arches, a historic bell tower, and a series of symbolic carvings throughout. Throughout the rest of the square is a beautiful fountain, brick streets, and an original road side clock standing in the center. For an old soul this would be a great place to propose in the middle of this historic square with the gothic architecture in the background providing a great backdrop for those engagement photos.
5. Point Park
113 Ann Street, Parkersburg, WV
For the adventuring soul, the historic soul, or even a simple soul Point Park would be a great place to explore. Either on the water, in the gazebo, near the amphitheater, or on the hiking trail – Point Park is an all-around perfect waterfront destination to pop that question!
Point Park is the site of Parkersburg’s earliest access to the Ohio River. The Ohio River being the first major highway in the late 1700s. George Washington himself stopped here on his trip down the Ohio River in 1770. Point Park Features walking trails, an amphitheater, and a kayak/ canoe access ramp.
6. Juliana Street Square
Juliana Street, Parkersburg, WV
Enlightened by the events of the American Civil War, West Virginia succeeded from Confederate Virginia in May of 1861, Parkersburg grew substantially, and with-it bankers, lawyers, politicians, and businessmen arrived and flourished. These masterminds of the late 1860s and 1870s brought themselves and their families to Parkersburg, and with that move they built magnificent Victorian-style homes that stand tall to this day. While walking through Juliana Street Square and admiring the beautiful structures, getting down on one knee and proposing with the backdrop of these wonderful houses may be your preferred style for asking THE question.
7. Historic Henderson Hall
517 River Road, Williamstown, WV
Henderson Hall is a great plantation museum that showcases the great Henderson family legacy. The Hendersons were pioneers and patriots who built the spectacular hall, which showcases five generations of Henderson history. The antebellum-style plantation house and grounds is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and is a beautiful and stunning piece of artistic architecture and would be the perfect place to classically fall in love and propose to your soon-to-be.
8. Fort Boreman Park
Fort Boreman Drive, Parkersburg, WV
A stunning overlook of Parkersburg shows all of downtown Parkersburg and more, making one feel like they can outstretch their hand and hold all of Parkersburg within. Fort Boreman is the site of a strategically placed Civil War fort on the tallest hill overlooking the valley to which Parkersburg is cozily settled. The valley is formed by the meeting of two old and wise Little Kanawha and Ohio Rivers. Fort Boreman was built by Union soldiers to keep a stronghold of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and the key river intersection. The Fort was named after the first governor of West Virginia, Parkersburg native Arthur I. Boreman. Of all the places to propose in Parkersburg why not propose with all of Parkersburg within your reach.
9. Blennerhassett Island
137 Juliana Street, Parkersburg, WV
Of all the places to choose to propose, second-to-none would have to be the Historic Blennerhassett Island. The home site of the very first forbidden love story of Appalachia, Mr. and Mrs. Blennerhassett settled here in 1797 and built their glorious mansion by 1800. So why not propose at one of the most romantic sites in Appalachia where two forbidden lovers ran away from their European castle and started their infamous tale of love and loss here in Parkersburg, West Virginia? So, get down on that knee and propose with the beautiful historic mansion backdrop, or even in the front foyer of the meticulously crafted manor.
10. The Blennerhassett Hotel and Restaurant
320 Market Street, Parkersburg, WV
The central hub of Downtown Parkersburg, the Blennerhassett Hotel and Spa in its boutique and historic design offers a unique proposal destination parallel to none.
With a subtle blend of Queen Anns, Richardson Romanesque, and Victorian architecture highlighted through the stylish Restaurant, Lounge, and Library, your proposal options are endless!
The Blennerhassett Hotel and Spa offers unique, historic accommodations, gorgeous photogenic decor, florals, a lavish menu executed by the area’s top chefs, and even spa offerings including massage and facials. In other words, The Blennerhassett Hotel and Spa is your one-stop-shop for romance!
Should you wish to propose on-site, contact us about how we can make your big moment even more special. Call us at 304.422.3131