From Ohio History Central
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In 1805 and 1806, the Blennerhassetts assisted Burr in his scheme to break away the western part of the United States to form a new country that he would lead. The United States government heard rumors of the uprising and sent a detachment of Virginia militia to seize the Blennerhassetts' island. Harman Blennerhassett was in hiding. His wife was away in Marietta. When she returned, she discovered that the militiamen had ransacked the home. She fled with her three children. Her husband was arrested a few weeks later, but he quickly gained his release. The Blennerhassetts briefly returned to their mansion, but now destitute from Harman's support of Burr, they sought their fortunes in Mississippi. The Blennerhassetts' former home, now under new ownership, burned in 1811. During the 1980s, the mansion was reconstructed on its original foundations. The island is now a West Virginia state park.