Inland Waterways Festival
August 1 & 2, 2015
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.
- Stephen Hollen - Mark Twain
- Susanna Holstein
- Ohio River Minstrels
- Susan Fowler
- Riverboat John Ferguson
- Nathan Lynn
- Artist Michael Dickinson (Will reveal new artwork, painted specifically for the 2015 Inland Waterways Festival)
- Marietta High School Crew Boats
- Robin Schuricht, artist & storyteller
- U.S. Coast Guard
- Lock & Dam Model supplied by Army Corp of Engineers
- Corey brought by Army Corps of Engineers
- Knot Tying by John Conklin
- Educational Trailer brought by Muskingum SWCD
- 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
- Bernard Kain
- John Fryant
- RiverWorks Discovery Activity Booth
- Dredging for Carp Eggs
- Line Tossing
- Rain Gutter Boat Races
- Storytelling by Washintgon County Public Library
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.
The Inland Waterways Festival is located on the grounds of the Ohio River Museum at 601 Front Street, Marietta, Ohio, one block from Ohio State Route 7, and minutes from I-77. Free parking is available in the museum parking lot. Ohio River Museum is also wheelchair accessible, except for W.P. Snyder.
Use the interactive map below for specific driving instructions.
We would like to send out a big thank you to the following Inland Waterways Festival 2015 Sponsors! This would not be possible without your help!
Gary & Sharon Frye
Marietta Community Foundation Donors:J. Francis and Lillian Strecker Smith Fund
Karl D. & Anna Schultheis Marsch Fund
F. Buchanon, J.H. McCoy, H.Switzer & Mildren Fund
Betty Markel Hallock Memorial Fund
Ida P. Zimmer Memorial Fund
Barb & Jack Moberg Charitable Fund
Juhola Family Charitable Fund
Charles Hobbs Rhodes & Beulah Lee Rhodes Memorial Fund
Tony Popp Memorial Fund
Harold & Janet Cranston Charitable Fund
Norman J. Murray Family Charitable Fund
Rutter Family Charitable Fund
Clare Lewis Kremer Charitable Fund
Doing Good Today, Tomorrow, Together Fund
How it was Established
- Dennis Cavalier, Chairman
- Glenna Hoff, Co-Chariman & FOM Staff
- Christina Graham, Marketing & FOM Staff
- LeAnn Hendershot, FOM Director
- Nelson Logan, Site Coordinator
- John Collins, Asst. Site Coordinator
- Richard Murdock, Minutes Secretary