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Oglebay Resort Wheeling WV

Updated on September 25, 2014
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Cheryl has lived in West Virginia for over thirty years. She likes sharing about her area and the places that she's been in the state.

Oglebay Park in Wheeling, WV - City of Lights

Oglebay Resort is an expansive park in Wheeling, WV. It is home to the City of Lights, and guests now stay at the lodge, cottages, and estate houses.

There are a variety of activities on site, depending on what time of the year it is, that includes miniature golf, golf, walking, horse back riding, pedal boats, swimming, skiing, and visiting animals at the zoo.

Oglebay Resort attracts a variety of guests, ranging from those who just want a quiet get away, to those who want a week of golf, or to have their wedding and/or honeymoon there. Businesses also hold trainings there.

Earl Oglebay wanted to put an end to starvation in the U.S.

The original home that Earl W. Oglebay purchased was a farm house. It sat on 25 acres. Oglebay started purchasing adjacent farm land and grew his acres and his home. He wanted to make the land into an agricultural laboratory, to try out various agriculture techniques, crop rotation and soil improvement among them, to put an end to starvation that was occurring in the U.S.

Learn more about the history of Oglebay Park.

Oglebay Park (WV) (Images of America)
Oglebay Park (WV) (Images of America)

Oglebay Caddy Camp was one of the earlier attractions at the park.


The Oglebay Mansion turns Museum

Earl W. Oglebay died in 1926, and the farm had grown to 750 acres. The Oglebay Resort and Park came into existence, due to Oglebay's kind and generous donation. Oglebay wanted the land used as a park for the people of Wheeling. In 1928, the city of Wheeling accepted the donation, and it became governed by the Wheeling Park Commission. The mansion was changed into a museum in 1930.

This is an aerial view of Wilson Lodge and the Park in the 1950s.

Oglebay, a park for the people of Wheeling - A place for families, weddings, and conferences too.

There is a walking trail that meanders around a lake.

Oglebay Lake and Lodge
Oglebay Lake and Lodge | Source

Autumn view from the lake behind the Wilson Lodge at Oglebay

The Wilson Lodge accommodates most of the guests. Behind the lodge are trails that go around the two lakes, and also lead to the Good Zoo and to the Glass Museum and Garden Gift shops.

During the summer months and somewhat into the fall, guest can also ride the walking trails on a segway. I was looking forward to a segway adventure, but in mid November, that wasn't an option.

The Festival of Lights is held annually.

Oglebay Lights, Rocking Horse
Oglebay Lights, Rocking Horse | Source

Wheeling transforms into the City of Lights

In 1985 a new tradition began. Around mid-November, Oglebay night scape is transformed into a festival of lights. People come from all around to view the large and colorful light displays, to ring in the Holiday Season.

The light festival is very popular, and really gets going after Thanksgiving. Most lights are up by then, but some may still be in the works at that time.

There is a small scale zoo at Oglebay

To me, the Oglebay Good Zoo is the perfect size, if you want to see animals, and not have it take all day. During the summer, there is also a train ride through the zoo.

Check with the park for the zoo's operating hours.

Pictures of Oglebay - Enjoy sepia prints from days long ago.

Oglebay Supports Being Green

Oglebay is transitioning their Christmas lights to LEDs. They have also placed containers in the hallway near their restaurants for guests to place clear plastic and newspapers in, for recycling.

Things you might need to bring

The lodge rooms have your normal supplies of soap, lotion, and shampoo; however if you want your own personal brand, be sure to bring your favorites along. Some items can also be purchased at the lodge gift shop.

Nearby Shopping

If you need anything more substantial, there is a Kroger grocery store about three miles from the park, on Mt. DeChantal Road, off of National Road.

For major department stores and chain restaurants, guests can travel to Triadelphia, WV, for a variety of options, including a Target, J C Penny's, Cabella's, Olive Garden, Wendy's, and more; and a movie theater.

Have you been to Oglebay yet, or are you planning to go?

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    • SandyMertens profile image

      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Looks like your had a good time. Nice to be introduced to Oglebay.

    • RhondaAlbom profile image

      Rhonda Albom 

      8 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for introducing me to to Oglebay and the city of lights. The lights photo makes it look really fun.

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      8 years ago

      I think after reading this, I might want to go to Oglebay Resort too!Sounds like a great place for a vacation

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      8 years ago

      I have not been to Oglebay, but it sounds like a great place to go! Thanks for sharing it with us!


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