Discovering Marietta, Ohio’s Historical Past

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As the first official settlement of the Northwest Territory and Ohio’s oldest city, Marietta is a treasure trove of historical landmarks and museums.

From ancient earthworks and Native American heritage, historic Harmar Village, a significant riverboat past, well-preserved Victorian era homes and a restored charming Main Street, history lovers will enjoy discovering Marietta, Ohio’s historical past!

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Historic Harmar Village:

Located across the Muskingum River from downtown Marietta, Harmar Village began as the first military installation of the Northwest Territory in 1785.

Campus Martius Museum:

Originally built in 1788 as a civilian fortification to protect settlers from the surrounding Native American tribes.

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Ohio River Museum:

Discover the golden age of the steamboat era, learn about Ohio River ecology, see how high the floods hit in the area with a series of poles representing flood levels and tour the only steam-powered “pool-type” stern-wheeled towboat in the United States. 

The Castle:

Built around 1855 on two full city lots, the Victorian masterpiece is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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The Basilica of Saint Mary of the Assumption:

Consecrated in 1909, the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Assumption welcomes guests of all faiths to explore its elaborate interior.

Mound Cemetery:

Established in 1801, Mound Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries of the Northwest Territory. The cemetery holds founders and settlers of Marietta and veterans of almost every American war are also buried here.

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