, West Virginia
August 12, 2003
Riverfront Museums, Inc. is open only Saturdays and Sundays, but other Center attractions are open weekdays, too, and include boutique and specialty shops, the "Antiques Walk,"
Glasshouse Grille, Wamsley Cycle, and Morgantown Visitor Information. There is also a
hallway with tables covered with upholstery fabric on sale, drastically reduced, next to
The Furniture Stop (new furniture and decor items). This upscale, multi-purpose,
two-story mall with plenty of parking in front makes good use of the former Seneca Glass
Company’s building (on the National Register of Historic Places) and preserves this bit of regional industrial history for the community to enjoy. I have
spent entire afternoons browsing through rooms of antiques while women
shopped boutiques for "special" clothing, like tapestry jackets that didn’t seem too
I noticed that Glasshouse Grille, Morgantown’s best restaurant (local
concensus), is now open for lunch. The Grille is so popular, reservations are necessary for
weekend nights, but it’s worth the trouble for Italian and Cajun selections and West Virginia trout. They also have a seafood market and deli, and
they have their own website. Awards from Wine Spectator the last three years, the terraced herb garden, the brick
patio, and all fresh ingredients commend them to my taste and liking. They make
complete the experience of this historic spot with their West Virginia wines.
Driving down Beechurst or riding on the trail, one can’t miss "Seneca Glass" on the red
water tower or the original stack towering over the building complex. Visitors shouldn’t be
misled by unattractive metal parts of the building--other parts are 19th-Century brick, and the
inside is nice with wooden floors and brick walls.
Links to most of the specialty shops can be found at Seneca Center’s website.
From journal Back to the Waterfront