Just at the edge of Pennsylvania, nestled between the Monongahela River and Cheat River, sits Point Marion. Like many towns in this region, Point Marion was a center of the glass industry and the Houze Glass Company (1902-2004) was the primary employer.
A “small town with a big heart,” Point Marion has a lot to offer those who visit from paddling on the Mon or Cheat, enjoying their public park, to eating at the local diner. History buffs will enjoy historic structures, like the 100 year old Point Marion Baptist Church, and nearby Friendship Hill National Historic Site, once home to Albert Gallatin, an early American Politician.
On Main Street and off there are a mix of amenities including restaurants, bars, retail, and other services. A regional favorite is Apple Annie’s. Be sure to stop in for one of over 25 sweet treats, baked fresh daily. Click to view business directory.
Friendship Hill National Historic Site, 3.5 miles north of Point Marion, overlooks the Monongahela River. Albert Gallatin, once a United States Secretary of State, had a house here for 21 years and at one time had dreamed of retiring here. The earliest section of the house was built in 1789. There were six sections of the house built and it was compete in 1903. Was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1965 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1978 it was listed as a National Historic Site.
Point Marion Park, accessible from South Main Street, has a variety of play equipment, basketball courts, baseball fields, picnic pavilions and a boat ramp and dock.
Point Marion is working on turning an old rail bed into a bike trail, to be called the Sheepskin Trail, that will connect the Point Marion Park to the existing Mon River Trail, a 48-mile rail trail that follows the Monongahela River Valley of West Virginia. Eventually, this trail will also connect to the existing Sheepskin Trail in northern Fayette County and will link to the Great Allegheny Passage.
A well-maintained Fish & Boat Commission boat ramp, as well as public docks, are located in Point Marion Park, off of South Main Street. Boat registration or a Use Permit is required. From this launch, you have to opportunity to boat between Point Marion and other towns along the river until you reach the next dam, just north of Greensboro, PA.
The public docks at Point Marion Park make an ideal place to fish.