Wheeling Heritage Port Sternwheel Foundation

The Wheeling Heritage Port Sternwheel Foundation was incorporated by the State of West Virginia in March, 2002 for the express purpose of organizing and managing the Wheeling Heritage Port Sternwheel - an annual event which takes place in mid September.

This event is sanctioned by the American Sternwheel Association, an organization dedicated to the support and promotion of Sternwheel vessels. The Wheeling event is patterned after a number of other Sternwheel Festivals which take place each summer up and down the Ohio River.

It is estimated the 2002 attracted nearly 75,000 people to the Wheeling waterfront. The features attractions such as regional entertainment ranging from classic rock and roll to Dixieland jazz, children's activities and a spectacular fireworks display. Additionally, many food and craft vendors, and most importantly the Sternwheel Boats themselves, make this early fall event a truly unique experience.




The Wheeling Heritage Port Sternwheel Committee meets the 2nd Monday of each month. All are invited to attend! For more information and / or for meeting locations, contact us.


All visitors are welcome-volunteers needed.

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Three days of summer fun great entertainment, food, live bands, kid's area, lots of parking, boats, fireworks and more A Must See Event !!!