90th Birthday Celebration ~

Celebrating 90 Years of Fun

It’s a party and you’re invited!

In 1900, Cleveland industrialist Earl Oglebay purchased a stately mansion and surrounding 750 acres nestled in the hills of Wheeling, West Virginia to serve as his summer home. Upon his death in 1926, the philanthropist willed his spectacular country estate, known as Waddington Farm, to the City of Wheeling so that it may be enjoyed by the community for public recreation. On July 28, 1928, the city officially accepted Earl Oglebay’s gift of Waddington Farm and turned its operation over to the Wheeling Park Commission. Nearly 90 years later, the Wheeling Park Commission still maintains Earl Oglebay’s last will and testament- to provide the citizens of Wheeling with a beautiful space for public recreation.

Over the past 90 years, Oglebay has expanded from 750 acres to 2,000 due to the generosity of countless donors and community groups. Today, guests can experience the life and legacy of Earl Oglebay by visiting his iconic yellow mansion, or by taking a stroll through Bissonnette Gardens, which are a re-creation of the magnificent Waddington Gardens dating back to the early 1900s.

Today, Oglebay Park continues to provide year-round recreational activities and exceptional overnight accommodations amid the property’s natural beauty. For generations, the citizens of Wheeling have delighted in the tradition and spirit that make Oglebay unique. On July 28, 2018, Oglebay Park will celebrate its 90th birthday, and we invite you to share in the celebration!