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The former building which housed the Point Pleasant River Museum has had a connection to the river since at least 1854 when it was established as a mercantile by Robert Mitchell. It has also served as a grocery store to accommodate local residents as well as river traffic via the dock just a few yards away at the end of Main Street.

The last owner who used the location as a mercantile was the H. G. Nease Company. Many residents to this day know the Museum building as the "Old Nease Building." In the 1940s, a local company bought the property and used the structure as storage space. In 1990, the company Hartley, Hartley & Hartley, Inc., donated the building to the City of Point Pleasant for the purpose of creating a River Museum.

After many years of hard work, by numerous volunteers, the Point Pleasant River Museum opened its doors to the public on May 1, 2003. Unfortunately tragedy struck and a fire gutted the former museum location, however today we are building a brand new facility just up the street and cant wait for it to open around November, 2021.

The Museum and Learning Center is normally Open Year-round except for Major Holidays

  • Opening times
    Tuesday - Saturday

    12:00 (noon) - 5 P.M.

    Closed Monday

    and all federal and state holidays

  • We have two floors with several wings honoring the history of the river and area. Be sure to stop by and check out our display table and gift shop, as well.


Adults $5.00, Children 11-17 $2.00

Children under the age of 10 are FREE!

Life Members of the Museum, Military, Veterans, Law Enforcement, Emergency Service members and River Industry employees also receive 50% Discount on admissions. (Valid ID is required for the discount.)

Purple Heart and Medal of Honor recipients receive a 75% Discount for themselves and all guests for admission. (Valid Membership card for the Military Order of the Purple Heart or Congressional Medal of Honor Society are valid for verification.)


The Conference Room will be available for meetings and the museum is available for weddings, receptions, dinners, business meetings, social gatherings, and parties after hours.

Contact us for rates and scheduling. Group Tours available. School Field Trips and organizations welcome. Please call for group rates!


Clifford "Butch" Leport


Dennis Brumfield


Vernon Clifton
Capt Chuck Ewing
Mark Groves
Stephen Littlepage
Capt. Brian Patterson
Jack Sturgeon
John Sang

Vice President

James McCormick

Executive Director, Secretary

Rick Clifton
Tom Cook
Charles Humphreys (Honorary)
Capt. Steve Pearson
Ed Shearer
Don Waldie
Heather McCormick

Administrative Executive Assistant



Captain (Retired) James McCormick a retired soldier, historian, relic recovery specialist and Mason county resident who looks to continue the mission that Jack Fowler, began so many years ago. James and the team at the river museum look forward to bringing the museum back to life and honoring the legacy of Mr. Fowler and all the friends of the River who have made the history and continue to make on the inland waterways of America.

In Memory Of

Captain Charlie Stone and Jack Fowler

Two pioneers who were instrumental in the creation of the Pt Pleasant River Museum, both Captain Stone and Mr. Fowler compiled a book titled The History of the Marietta Manufacturing Company that is available today in the Pt Pleasant River Museum and Lakin Ray Cook Learning Center.