That was true and it turned out there was more to explore around here than I originally thought! I heard things that intrigued me about Point Pleasant (including the Mothman sightings, I admit), so I ended up staying 3 nights and really enjoyed my time in this area.
When he was surveying this area in 1770, George Washington named this point of land where the rivers Ohio and Kanawha meet “a pleasant point.” (Point Pleasant Tourism Information). After Main Street, the first thing I did was stroll along the riverfront park that fronts the Ohio River with great views of the Railroad Bridge to the north (shown here) and the Silver Memorial Bridge to the south.
The murals are absolutely beautiful and depict the early history of the area from the early Indian settlements to the Revolutionary War.
Can’t you just hear the bluegrass music coming from this cabin?
The statues here are of Chief Cornstalk and General Andrew Lewis. Lewis defeated Cornstalk at the Battle of Point Pleasant in 1774, depicted in the mural in the background.
Tu-Endie-Wei State Park is at the end of Main Street where the two rivers meet. The park’s name is taken from the Indian name meaning”point between two waters.” There are monuments here that honor the early frontier people and Revolutionary War soldiers.
Also here are the remains of Shawnee Chief Cornstalk who survived his defeat here in 1774. The Chief later sided with the Virginians over the British, but he was kidnapped and then killed by soldiers at the garrison during what started out to be a friendly visit in 1777. Legend says that he cursed the land before dying and some believe that the Silver Bridge Collapse in 1967 was part of this “Curse of the Cornstalk.”