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Inland Waterways Festival

Presented by the Friends of the Museums partnered with the Washington County Public Library

August 5 & 6, 2017

orsanco 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.

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Floating Exhibits



Model Boats

Children's Activities

line throwing competition

WP Snyder Jr.

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.


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.

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