Hundreds of folks lined the riverbanks this morning to welcome the W.P. Snyder Jr. back to its home at the Ohio River Museum. The boat was removed in November and taken to South Point where it underwent a $1.4 million hull and paddle wheel replacement project
Several events are planned to coincide with the return.
At 7 p.m. tonight, Tuggle Pendley will perform on the riverfront at the river museum in a free event that will also include home movies of the Snyder and readings from the writings of its last captain.
At 2:30 p.m. Saturday, the Ohio Historical Society, Friends of the Museums Inc. and Sons and Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen will officially welcome the Snyder back and launch the fundraising campaign for the second phase of the boat's preservation project. The event is free and open to the public, and the Athens High Society Dixieland Band will play before and after the program from 2 to 4 p.m.
The river museum will be offering a $2 admission discount on Sept. 17 and 18. On that Saturday, visitors will be able to take guided tours of the Snyder.
Be sure to check this website and pick up a copy of the weekend edition of The Marietta Times for more information on the boat's return.