Date(s) - 8/5/17 through 8/6/17
9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Ohio River Museum


Inland Waterways Festival

Presented by the Friends of the Museums partnered with the Washington County Public Library
August 5 & 6, 2017

The Inland Waterways Festival is a free, educational event with performers, storytellers, music, hands-on activities, model boat demonstrations, whistle blows, steam launch rides, wildlife displays featuring raptors, owls, & a 2,200 gallon freshwater aquarium. Below is a list of participants and events we have for our 2017 year!

The purpose of the Inland Waterways Festival is to commemorate the heritage and continuing importance of America’s rivers, canals, and lakes in the development of the Nation. Our goal is to educate the public about how the waterways were a viable means of transportation for commerce and culture and are still heavily relied upon today.

All scheduled events and participants are subject to change.

Speakers & Performers

Debbie Tuggle – Musician – NEW
Stephen Hollen – Mark Twain
Susanna Holstein – River tales by Granny Sue
Ohio River Minstrels
McCracken County Public Library “Mary Wheeler and African American Folk Music of the Ohio River Valley” presented by Nathan Lynn
Artist Michael Dickinson
Kevin Stonerock – Musician & Performer Saturday ONLY
Julie Zickefoose – Nationally known Naturalist, Artist, & Storyteller Sunday ONLY
Floating Exhibits
AEP Towboat tours Saturday ONLY
Steam Launch rides brought by Thomas Schiffer
Kayak Tours provided by Marietta Rowing and Cycling Club
Row Boat Trips provided by Marietta Rowing and Cycling Club

Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation – NEW
Ohio Division of Wildlife – NEW
Ohio EPA – NEW
U.S. Dept of Agriculture – NEW
Marietta Rowing & Cycling Club
Robin Schuricht, artist
U.S. Coast Guard
Lock & Dam Model supplied by Army Corp of Engineers
Corey and Bobber brought by Army Corps of Engineers
U.S. Forest Service
Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge
Marietta College Library
WV Raptor Rehabilitation Center
RiverWorks Discovery
Watershed Model brought by Friends of the Lower Muskingum
Locally built boats
Lock & Dam Model supplied by Muskingum River Parkway
Model Boats
Aaron Richardson
Bernard Kain
John Fryant
Children’s Activities

Susan Fowler – Artist, Storyteller, & Scientist
Face Painting – NEW
Dredging for Carp Eggs
Fish Prints
Painting Mussels
Water Carvings in Stone
Line Tossing
Rain Gutter Boat Races
Storytelling by Washintgon County Public Library
WP Snyder Jr.

The W. P. Snyder Jr. was originally built as the Carnegie Steel Co. towboat W. H. Clingerman in 1918 by Rees of Pittburgh, PA. In 1938 she was renamed J. L. Perry and in 1945 A-1. In August 1945 she was sold to Crucible Fuel Co. of Pittsburgh, PA, and again renamed W. P. Snyder Jr. in September 1945.

She was a sister vessel of the W. H. Colvin Jr.. She towed coal on the Monongahela river until she was laid up in September 23, 1953, at Crucible, PA. In the summer of 1955 the boat was given to the Ohio Historic Society for exhibit at the Ohio River Museum of the Sons and Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen, Marietta, OH. The W. P. Snyder Jr. was the last steamboat locking through Lock 1, Muskingum river, before it was removed. She arrived with Capt. Fred Way Jr. as master at Marietta on September 16, 1955.

The W.P. Snyder Jr. will be open for tours during the Inland Waterways Festival.