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
- Louise Zimmer
- Susanna Holstein
- Ohio River Minstrels
- Valley Voices
- Artist Michael Dickinson (Will reveal new artwork, painted specifically for the Inland Waterways Festival)
- Annette Jefferson - Harriet Tubman "This program is made possible in part by the Ohio Humanities Council a state afiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities."
Saturday Evening Performance:
Nothing Stops This TrainCourtesy of The Rivers Institute at Hanover College
The Rivers Institute is proud to present Nothing Stops This Train, a play about the Underground Railroad by Terence Boyle.
The play tells the fascinating story of John and Sarah Tibbets and a slave named Georgina who helps other slaves escape. The play is set in Lancaster Township, home of Eleutherian College, the first College in Indiana to admit students regardless of race or gender. Sarah Tibbets journeys into her own memo-ries and recounts tales of slaves fleeing their masters across the Ohio River with the help of Georgina.
Learn Follow the Drinking Gourd, an old slave song, observe the hardships and danger of escaping, and witness the heroes that abetted their fellow man.
- AEP Towboat tours (Boarding by Lafayette Hotel) - Saturday ONLY
- Whistle Blow Barge by Amherst Madison
- Steam Launch brought by Thomas Schiffer
- Lock & Dam Model supplied by Army Corp of Engineers
- Corey brought by Army Corps of Engineers
- Knot Tying by John Conklin
- Display by Marietta College
- Educational Trailer brought by Muskingum SWCD
- Display by U.S. Forest Service
- Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge
- WV Raptor Rehabilitation Center
- RiverWorks Discovery
- Watershed Model brought by Friends of the Lower Muskingum
- Lock & Dam Model supplied by Muskingum River Parkway
- Aron Richardson
- Bernard Kain
- John Fryant
- Michael Banks
- RiverWorks Discovery Activity Booth
- Dredging for Carp Eggs
- Line Tossing
- Painting of Mussels
- Fish Prints
- Storytelling by WCPL
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 2013 Sponsors!
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
- Floyd Drake, Asst. Site Coordinator
- John Collins, Asst. Site Coordinator
- Ann Anderson, Hosting & Hospitality
- Richard Murdock, Minutes Secretary
- Nancy Drake, FOM Volunteer