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Area Attractions

January 10, 2013
Marietta Times
Anchorage, 403 Putnam Ave., Marietta; former nursing home, headquarters of Washington County Historical Society; ongoing restoration.

Betsey Mills Club, 300 Fourth St., Marietta; founded in 1911 as The Girls’ Monday Club by Betsey Mills and other community-minded women; birth place of Mills and nephew Vice President Charles Gates Dawes.

Bisantz-Bosworth House, 316 Third Street, Marietta: The house was built in 1868 and restored in 1983 to serve as the home of the Marietta and Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce

The Castle, 418 Fourth St., Marietta; built in 1859 by Melvin C. Clark, classic example of gothic revival architecture; tour hours April 1 through May 31 and Sept. 1 through Dec. 31, Thursday through Monday; June through August, Monday-Sunday, weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (last tour at 3:30 p.m.), weekends, 1 to 4 p.m. (last tour at 3:30 p.m.); January through March, group tours only; closed New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas; admission adults $3.50, students $2, children under 5 free, groups of 10 or more (scheduled in advance) $2.75; (614) 373-4180.

Fearing House, 131 Gilman St., Marietta; built in 1847 for Henry Fearing, a businessman and son of Paul Fearing, one of the first settlers and first practicing attorney in the Northwest Territory; tours available from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and by appointment; 373-3226.

First Congregational Church, 318 Front St., Marietta: The church, called “the two-horned church” for its distinctive twin towers, was chartered in 1796. The Rev. Daniel Story was the first pastor.

Henderson Hall, two miles south of Williamstown on West Virginia 14: open to the public May through October. Daily 2 p.m. tours Monday through Friday and tours from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Closed on Saturdays. Admission: $4 for adults and $2 for children under 12. Group tours by appointment. (304) 375-2129.

Landing of the First Families, 601 Front St., Marietta: this marker in front of The Ohio River Museum commemorates the arrival of the first families to Marietta on Aug. 19, 1788. The complete list of arrivals is on the plaque.

Matamoras Area Historical Society Museum, 200 Main St., New Matamoras: collections on local families and families and historical artifacts; open by appointment Friday mornings.

Muskingum River Locking Demonstrations, dams along Muskingum River; Sundays Memorial Day through Labor Day; (740) 452-3820 or 452-3147.

Start Westward Monument, Muskingum Park, Front Street, Marietta; pays tribute to the pioneers who settled Marietta in 1788; sculpted by Gutzon Borglum, also know for Mount Rushmore.

Monument from France, Virginia and Gilman streets, along the Ohio River: The plaque is a gift from France commemorating that country’s claiming of these lands following exploration in 1749. The monument was erected by the Northwest Territory Celebration Commission in 1938.

Mounds: Quadranaou Mound, Fourth and Warren streets, Hopewell ceremonial mound.

Mound Cemetery, Fifth and Scammel streets, Marietta; The cemetery came into existence in January 1801 when Gen. Rufus Putnam, to whom the land had been leased in 1791, gave an Indian mound and the surrounding land, called “Square No. 1 Marie Antoinette” to the town for a cemetery. Since the land lay within Section 29 (ministerial land), only its trustees could make the action official. This occurred in two stages — May 1803 and May 1811. Col. Robert Taylor, Revolutionary War veteran of Rhode Island, was the first to be buried there in early October 1801. He was the first of more than 25 Revolutionary War veterans, including Rufus Putnam, leader of the 48 pioneers of 1788.

Ohio Company Land Office, Campus Martius Museum, 601 Second St., Marietta: Oldest surviving building in the Northwest Territory.

Pioneers’ Monument, Front and Butler streets, Marietta, dedicated in 1893 to honor the 48 pioneers who landed in Marietta.

Rufus Putnam Landing, near Front and Greene streets, Marietta; marker indicated approximate location of the landing of the 48 pioneers headed by Gen Rufus Putnam on the Muskingum River bank on April 7, 1788.

Sacra Via, or Sacred Way, was the name given by Ohio’s settlers to the graded thoroughfare which led up from the Muskingum River to the Elevated Square. The parallel wall of Sacra Via extended down to the river, forming a parkway now occupied by homes. Its original purpose is unknown but presumed to be a ceremonial clearing from the mounds to the river. The area is a park at Third and Warren streets in Marietta called Camp Tupper. The area served as a Civil War training area for troops in 1862.

Self-guided tours: Historic Walking Tour of Marietta, Covered Bridge Tour of Washington County and the Underground Railroad Tour in Washington County, on campus; information available at Convention and Visitors Bureau Office, 316 Third St., Marietta. (740) 373-5178

Strait Run School House Museum, Buell Island, Lowell: The building is a one-room schoolhouse built in 1859. The school closed in 1925. The building was dismantled in Adams Township and moved to Buell Island in 1996.

Trolley Tours, the Levee House Cafe, 127 Ohio St., Marietta: adults $7.50, seniors (55 and over) $7, children 5 to 12 $5; group packages, charters, weddings and parties available; tour of downtown Marietta and Harmar; 374-2233.

Valley Gem Sternwheeler, Front and Washington, under the Washington St. Bridge, Marietta An authentic sternwheeler cruising on the Muskingum and Ohio Rivers. Public hourly tours, dinner cruises, brunches, fall foliage trips, and private charters. (740) 373-7862.

W.P. Snyder Jr., Ohio River Museum, 601 Front St., Marietta: It is the sole survivor of a vast fleet of steamboats that once traveled the rivers. The vessel, built in 1918, has features identical to Mark Twain-era boats. She arrived under her own steam on Sept. 16, 1955.

 
 

 

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