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Blennerhassett Island officials to be honored

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. -- Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park and Museum of Regional History is set to receive the Sons of the American Revolution State Flag Award.

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources said park Superintendent Matthew Baker will receive the honor Saturday.

The award is part of the group's mission to promote history, patriotism and education. It is presented to individuals, companies and government agencies that fly the U.S. flag for patriotic purposes.

The park features a re-creation of the mansion built by Irish aristocrat Harman Blennerhassett, who settled on the island in the Ohio River in 1798.

Blennerhassett later was accused of plotting with Aaron Burr to establish an empire in the Southwest and fled the island.


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