History surrounds you in Marietta. The past is as real as the splash of a grand riverboat’s paddlewheel, as mysterious as the ancient mounds that dot the city and as close as the morning mists that shroud the Revolutionary War tombstones in Mound Cemetery. Hidden Marietta’s professional guides are ready to help you discover the incredible stories, people and events that make our town so special.
We welcome inquiries from individuals and groups of all sizes. If you do not see a program that meets your needs in terms of subject matter, length, location, timing, etc, please contact us regarding a custom-designed tour or event. Price quotes are always complimentary.
We look forward to welcoming you to Marietta, where the exploration continues.
Lynne Sturtevant, the founder and owner of Hidden Marietta, grew up in New Concord, Ohio. She attended John Glenn High School and graduated with honors from Muskingum College. She held various responsible positions with the State of Ohio before moving to the Washington DC area where she and her husband owned and operated a successful travel agency. The couple moved to Marietta in 2005.
Lynne has been collecting superstitions, odd tales and local legends - especially ghost stories - since childhood. While developing Hidden Marietta's popular Ghost Trek walking tour, she traveled to the Alternate Reality Center in Tennessee and earned her certification as a Ghost Hunter.
She has also had a life-long fascination with archeology. Lynne has visited the remains of tombs, cities, and temples in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North America. She believes the sacred sites in Ohio - Newark, Chillicothe, the Great Serpent Mound, and, of course, Marietta - are more significant than most people realize. We take the earthworks for granted, barely noticing them as we go about our busy lives. But the incredible story of the people who inhabited our river valleys more than 2000 years ago is where Ohio's history begins. There truly is ancient magic right in our own backyard for those who know where and how to look.
She is a talented writer and effective public speaker. Her popular books, Haunted Marietta: History and Mystery in Ohio's Oldest City and A Guide to Historic Marietta, are available online and at bookstores and fine shops all over town. Lynne's short stories have appeared in Fodderwing, Sunflower Dream, No Experience Required and Dark Eve. She won two fiction awards at the 2006 West Virginia Writers Conference. Her folklore articles have appeared in numerous publications including The Magical Almanac, Fate Magazine, and The Moon Sign Book and she wrote a column on Celtic legends for the Clans of Scotland, USA for several years. Lynne offers workshops and presentations on travel, ghost hunting, folklore, ancient mysteries and related topics.
Lynne leads visitors and local residents on a Ghost Trek through the historic and haunted streets of downtown Marietta each Friday and Saturday evening from June until November. She conducts the Ancient Earthworks Tour by appointment from June until November as well.