Inland Waterways Festival
Presented by the Friends of the Museums partnered with the Washington County Public Library
August 5 & 6, 2017
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.
- 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
- 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
- Aaron Richardson
- Bernard Kain
- John Fryant
- 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
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.
- Washington County Public Library
- Marietta Community Foundation
- Marietta Welfare League