April 2009 Issue
Fenton Art Glass
Travel along the mighty Ohio to explore the historical, cultural and natural wonders along the river’s banks.
From Marietta, travel a few minutes across the bridge into Williamstown, West Virginia, to visit Fenton Art Glass. Fenton is the largest manufacturer of hand-made colored art glass in the U.S. Because each object is crafted by hand, no two pieces will be exactly alike. “We are one of the few places in the world that still makes pressed and blown glass using tools and techniques unchanged from centuries ago,” says Jim Measell, Fenton’s historian. Any visitor can see the process on a free 45-minute guided tour of the glassmaking factory that is offered several times a day beginning at 8:15 a.m., Mon.–Fri. Hours vary; call or check the Web site before traveling.
Fenton Art Glass,
700 Elizabeth St., Williamstown, WV 26187, 304/375-6122.
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