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Sistersville Russell House Hosts Ferry Boat Reception

By Randy Rutherford - Staff Writer | May 12, 2021

Ferry Boat Captain Bo Hause

Saturday in Sistersville was an exciting day for area residents. The Sistersville Ferry kicked off its 2021season with a reception at the historic Joshua Russell House on Catherine Street near the ferry boat landing complete with antique cars, live music provided by “Henrie Lane,” and an art show featuring local artists and ferry boat memorabilia. The reception was open to the public and well attended by locals and dignitaries.

Tyler County Delegate David Kelly spoke briefly to the crowd sharing a letter from Governor Justice recognizing the historical importance of the ferry and the role it plays in public transportation and commerce in our area. Tyler County is the only Ohio River border county without a bridge linking it to our neighbors in Ohio.

Attending pedestrians enjoyed free rides on the ferry for the day taking in the majestic views only obtained from the ferry’s unique platform. Boat Captain Bo Hause appeared in costume representing the heyday of riverboat commerce and made for a great photo opportunity which was a hit with patrons.

Ferry Board president Gary Bowden was pleased with the event. “Our effort to promote the Ferry with an opening weekend reception could not have been more successful. We appreciate the outpouring of community support. A special thanks goes to our board members who planned the event, our event partner Terry Wiley, owner of the 1832 Russell House, and to Captain Bo Hause who not only pilots the Ferry but keeps watch over it year round,” explained Gary.

The ferry is open Thursday and Friday 6:00am to 6:00pm; also on Saturday and Sunday 9:00am to 6:00pm. Cruises are available by calling 304-4824954.