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The Campus Martius website maintains a list of links to local historical sites, historical resources, and trip planning helps. Marietta and its neighboring communities have a lot to offer. There's enough history in our region to keep you busy for a lifetime!

Historical Sites in Marietta

Ohio River MuseumOhio River Museum - Sister museum to Campus Martius, only one block away. View both museums for just $2 extra for adults and $1 extra for children. The Ohio River Museum is dedicated to the history of river migration. Tour a flatboat, the steamboat W.P. Snyder, and learn of the ecology of the Ohio River. 601 Front St., Marietta.


The Anchorage, Italianate Villa under restoration by the Washington County Historical SocietyThe Anchorage - 1859 Italianate Villa open by appointment for tour. 22 rooms including tower. Volunteer restoration managed by the Washington County Historical Society. Putnam Avenue (Harmar Village), Marietta.


The CastleThe Castle - 1856 Gothic Revival home. Open year round for tours. Check their website for current events. The Castle offers workshops, musical concerts, teas, story-times, and many seasonal events. 418 Fourth St., Marietta.

 

The Henry Fearing HouseThe Henry Fearing House - 1847 Victorian home open for weekend tours from May to October. Restored and managed by the Washington County Historical Society. 131 Gilman Ave., Marietta.

Marietta's Toy and Doll MuseumThe Toy and Doll Museum - Collection of antique toys and dolls housed in a restored Queen Anne - Eastlake home. Open May to October on weekends. Additional tours available by appointment. 206 Gilman Ave., Marietta.

 

Map of Marietta's Indian EarthworksIndian Mounds - Read about Marietta's Native American Earthworks. Remaining today are earthworks at Sacra Via, the public library, and Mound Cemetery. Visiting Marietta's mounds makes for a nice walking tour, plus you'll enjoy great Victorian architecture along the way.

 

Henry Burke, local historian, preserving the Underground Railroad history of Marietta and the surrounding regionUnderground Railroad - Local Historian, Henry Burke, documents the rich history of the Underground Railroad in Marietta and the surrounding region. We have several Underground Railroad stops and routes throughout the area. A list of each site can be found at the Marietta/Washington County Visitor's Bureau website.

West African Art Museum at the Ely Chapman Center in Marietta, OhioWest African Art Museum at the Ely Chapman Center - The Ellis Perry collection of Art & Artifacts owned by Henry Burke. Unique art and artifacts from Ghana, which was one of the largest slave holding countries in Africa. Also view topographically accurate model of the Muskingum River, learn about the vibrant culture of the slaves before they were brought to the Americas, the Underground Railroad and the major role that Washington County played in this historically important time. 403 Scammel St., Marietta.

 

Historical Sites in the Region

Blennerhassett Museum of Regional HistoryBlennerhassett Museum of Regional History - Parkersburg, WV. Exhibits range from prehistoric Indian relics, ca. 9000 B.C., to oil paintings, old clothing, guns and military paraphernalia. Blennerhassett Island relics are among the museum's most valuable acquisitions. Bring your Blennerhassett Museum ticket to Campus Martius and receive a $2 admission discount on adult tickets. 137 Juliana St., Parkersburg, WV.

Blennerhassett Island, site of Harman Blennerhassett MansionBlennerhassett Island - Home of the recreated mansion of Harman Blennerhassett, infamous for his treasonous alliance with Aaron Burr. Seasonal hours. Start your visit at the Blennerhassett Museum and then ferry over to the island mansion. 137 Juliana St., Parkersburg, WV.

Farmer's Castle, civilian fortification in Belpre OhioFarmer's Castle Museum - Farmer's Castle, sister civilian fortification of Campus Martius, housed 200 settlers at Belpre, Ohio. This settlement was so named for its "Beautiful Valley". Seasonal limited hours. 509 Ridge Street, Belpre, OH.


Henderson Hall Plantation, Williamstown, WVHenderson Hall Plantation - Civil War era plantation preserved in near original condition. At this former slave site, learn about the Underground Railroad, local civil war history, and more. Open weekends from Noon to 5. Route 2, Williamstown, WV.

Northern Cardinal - Ohio River Islands Wildlife RefugeOhio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge - Maintains a list of native birds in our region. Event listing. Interpretative Center on Waverly Road, Williamstown, WV.

 

 

Oil & Gas Museum, Parkersburg, WVOil & Gas Museum - Both oil and natural gas were discovered in our region in the mid-1700s. The petroleum industry has been an important part of our history for centuries. Visit the Oil & Gas Museum to view historical machinery, maps, and exhibits. 199 Third Street, Parkersburg, WV.

The Oliver Tucker Museum, Beverly OhioOliver Tucker Museum - Home of the Lower Muskingum Historical Society. Tour three buildings: Tucker home, Mindling Log Cabin, and Red Barn. View history of earliest settlers, Civil War era, and artifacts of the region. Open weekends seasonally, 1 to 4 pm. Corner of Park St. and S.R. 60, Beverly, OH.

 

Trip Planning

Visit Marietta Ohio!Marietta and Washington County Visitors Bureau - Antique shops, quaint restaurants, historical sites, Victorian homes, Indian Mounds, seasonal festivals, all are part of what makes Marietta a wonderful destination. Plan your next day trip, weekend get away, or family vacation with help from the WCCVB.

Discover Ohio!Discover Ohio - Plan your trip to any locale in Ohio. Statewide event calendar, trip planning helps, free downloadable literature, plus more. Check out all that Marietta and Washington County has to offer!

Ohio's Appalachian CountiesOhio Appalachia - Appalachian driving tour maps, regional recommendations and reviews. Be sure to check out the National Geographic Driving Tours of our region! All sites within a day trip of Marietta.

 

Parkersburg, West VirginiaWood County & Greater Parkersburg - Just a few minutes away from Marietta, Wood County West Virginia offers many historical sites and resources. Find helps at this website to help plan your explorations.

 

 

History Resources

Early Marietta - A blog that offers facts, photos, opinions, and commentary about life in the Marietta area over the years.

 

Rufus Putnam Proprietor List from the Manuscript Digital Collection at Marietta CollegeManuscripts and Documents of the Ohio Company of Associates - Digital library of the Rufus Putnam papers, Ohio Company business documents, maps, surveys, plat drawings, surveyor field notes. Also find curriculum resources and articles. Collection maintained by Marietta College.

Ohio Historical SocietyOhio History Connection - Extensive website of primary resources and online archives. Calendar of events from OHS sites state-wide. Campus Martius is an Ohio Historical Site, managed by Friends of the Museum. Membership benefits in OHS includes discounted admission at historical sites statewide.

 

Opening the Door West - historical documentary on The Ohio Company of Associates by Shelburne FilmsOpening the Door West - Feature length historical documentary tells the story of the Ohio Company of Associates, a group of Revolutionary War officers and soldiers, and how, in 1788, they first opened the door for westward expansion of the new United States. At Marietta, Ohio, they began the first legal, organized American settlement in the old Northwest Territory. Purchase your copy at the website or at our museum gift shop!

Flatboat on the Ohio RiverSons and Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen - Dedicated to the preservation of river history and the pioneers who travelled it. Check their website for related events. Visit their collection at the Ohio River Museum.

Marietta Chapter of the Sons of the American RevolutionSons of the American Revolution, Marietta Chapter - Events and preservation of Revolutionary War history in our region. Research projects and resources are available at their website plus an event calendar.

 

 

Washington County Historical Society - Trolley pulled by donkeysWashington County Historical Society - Maintains an archive of regional historical documents. Website has multiple links to genealogical and research sites. 346 Muskingum Drive, Marietta. Limited operation hours.

Washington County Public Library of Local History & GenealogyWashington County Library of Local History & Genealogy - The best genealogical library within 100 miles. Microfilm, atlases, insurance maps, birth-death-marriage certificates, civil war records, internet access to several genealogical sites, librarians to assist on site. 418 Washington St., Marietta.

Washington County Chapter Oho Genealogical SocietyWashington County Chapter Ohio Genealogical Society - Extensive online records for genealogical research. Washington County cemeteries, burial logs, censuses, directories, articles, and much more.