We made a couple of trips to this resort/park during our stay near Wheeling. It was difficult to figure out what this place was all about, all we knew is that we wanted to see the Oglebay Mansion, gardens around it and the Glass Shop and Museum. The history of the area goes back to the late 1700s when a frontiersman was given a land grant of 400 acres in what was then northwestern Virginia. After 1812 the land left that family and changed hands several times until Earl Oglebay purchased the land in 1900. He turned it into a country estate, and upon his death in 1926 willed it to the people of Wheeling, for as long as they "shall operate it for public recreation". Today on this land then are two gulf courses, lake, a zoo, outdoor pool, a mansion/museum, glass museum, picnic and ski areas. There are also extensive gardens, a lodge and vacation cottages.
home I most certainly would have purchased some glass object before leaving the gift shop!