The Lafayette Hotel
Unlocking the Secrets of the Past
Welcome to Marietta, Ohio, a historic and elegant town nestled at the confluence of two rivers. Visitors come to wander our shady brick streets and gaze at Victorian mansions. They love to browse for antiques and make merry in our restaurants. But there is another Marietta, a city few visitors see. A Hidden Marietta that exists just below the surface of ordinary life. A place where the past bleeds into the present and the line that separates the living from the dead blurs. Come discover the other side of Ohio's oldest city. Come discover Hidden Marietta.
Do you believe in ghosts?
Many of the residents of Marietta do. The entire town is a paranormal hot spot. No one really knows why. Perhaps it’s the layers of history and the lasting impact of the people who lived and died here. Or it could relate to the ancient Hopewell and Adena people whose mysterious mounds dot the city. Whatever the reason, Marietta has more than its share of restless spirits.
Join us for an evening Ghost Trek. Walk our streets, touch our past and hear our tales of murder, hauntings and unsettling paranormal encounters. Your heart will beat faster. You'll quicken your pace. You may even find yourself glancing over your shoulder from time to time. Welcome to Hidden Marietta where some stories - and some people - simply refuse to die.
More than 2000 years ago the most advanced and sophisticated people in North America built grand pyramids, mounds and enormous geometric enclosures in the place we now call Marietta. Time and “progress” have destroyed portions of the original complex, but sacred places have a way of surviving. Join us on a guided walking tour of Marietta’s prehistoric earthworks. We’ll visit flat-topped pyramids that bear an uncanny resemblance to Aztec temples; walk down a sacred road more than 20 centuries old; and stand atop the Quadranou Mound where ancient astronomer-priests studied the movements of the sun, moon and stars. We’ll also explore enigmatic Mound Cemetery, the final resting place of Revolutionary War Patriots, and hear tales of lost tribes, refugees from Atlantis, giants, goblins, and buried treasure as we stroll through the Victorian neighborhood that surrounds the mounds. Come discover the ancient magic in your own backyard.
ANCIENT EARTHWORKS AND GHOST TREK
RETURN MAY 31, 2013