If you’re visiting us here at the Valtronics headquarters in Ravenswood, WV, you’ll want to take some time to explore the local Oil & Gas history that surrounds the Mid-Ohio Valley. My family had the chance to visit a local gem this week that has a long line of history not only in Oil & Gas, but the country as a whole.
Henderson Hall Plantation, in beautiful Williamstown, WV – north of the Valtronics office and an easy drive from the Wood County airport and many hotels you may be residing on your stay – is an amazing piece of history that shouldn’t be missed. From ties with Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, George Washington, the Blennerhassetts and so many more historical interests to letters detailing a battle at Burning Springs and multiple Adena indian mounds on the property – the rich history is fascinating to revisit as you walk through the museum. You’ll see so many items unique to all ages that were saved from the Henderson family through multiple eras of history: furniture, toys, books, the horse scales and an old barn foundation (housing the breeding stud of famous trotting horse Cassius Clay), a whiskey still, farm equipment, schoolhouse, and too many more fascinating items to list.
Among the vast oil & gas history from the area, an oilfield was developed on the 25,000 acre Henderson farm in the 1890’s – one of the first in the region – which you can learn more about from their website here: http://hendersonhallplantation.com/ and on your visit. As you make your way back to the office, stop by the Oil & Gas Museum in Parkersburg – now owners of the Henderson Hall Plantation – for more rich local history.
For a full list of local attractions, see our visitors‘ page. Have you visited one of these unique locations? Stop in and tell us about it!