September 28, 2018

Honoring Those Who Served Their Country

No cemetery would be complete without recognizing those people who gave service during war or peace. In Harmar Cemetery, a Civil War Memorial was erected in 1913 in memory of Charles Beman Gates, Post # 452 GAR that was chartered...

September 8, 2018

Marietta’s First Proclaimed Cemetery

Nestled between the hillside supporting Fort Harmar Drive and the lowland of the railroad track in Harmar lies the bones of some of Marietta’s first settlers. Although there were deaths and burials in Marietta before the opening of H...

June 26, 2018

On the corner of Third and Putnam currently sits a small parking lot. Painted on the side of the MOVP building is a mural of the hotel that used to reside and thrive here in Marietta called the Wakefield Hotel. Though it is long gone, many townsfolk remember it fondly,...

For the first century after the settlement of Marietta, Putnam Street sat relatively vacant, spare a few residences and government buildings. The bustle and commerce were largely reserved for Ohio and Front Streets; largely due to the simple fact that Marietta had no r...

April 16, 2018

At 226 Gilman Ave. there sits a lovely little building known, since 1947, as the Busy Bee. Since its opening, this company has held the hearts of this town by filling their stomachs with its homemade food and local recipes. Today, Mr. Larry Sloter has brought the belov...

On the morning of Wednesday May 18, 1881, a 35 year-old woman by the name of Nan Hayes, was found dead in her home. She was found facing down, on a pallet in the back room, in a pool of her own blood. Upon first examination, she was fully dressed and ‘looking natural’,...

February 6, 2018

At 115 Gilman Avenue there sits a magnificent Federal style home built in the late 1830’s. Though currently surrounded by the embrace of the persistent flora, this two-story stucco building has persevered through the many floods, and the trying test of time. It was bui...

December 30, 2017

Part of the fun of exploring Marietta is staying in, eating or having drinks in a historic building. Many of these wonderful structures date from the early 1900s. A few are even older. Building owners go to great lengths to preserve period details and to recreate the c...

May 18, 2017

It may be surprising to many in Washington County that the cloaked and hooded “Invisible Empire” made quite a presence here in the 1920’s. The Ku Klux Klan was anything but “invisible.” Thousands of white robes and hoods paraded on the downtown streets and stopped at t...

March 28, 2017

Today, Church Street in downtown Marietta hides its history well, as its appearance does not suggest that it was once a residential neighborhood with businesses, brothels, a theatre, and home to American Legion Post #714. Except for the two blocks of well-laid bricks,...

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