Full day Bus Tour Itinerary
9:00-10:30am Hidden Marietta’s lively, fun and very knowledgeable guides will join your bus group and take you on a trip through history! This 90 minute tour (conducted on your tour bus) will give you a great introduction to the town of Marietta, you will see where the pioneers first landed, see the effects fires and floods have had on the downtown businesses, enjoy the Victorian splendor of the residential district and explore the ancient earthworks, some of which are over 2000 years old!
This tour includes a stop in Mound Cemetery, where you will not only get to see (and climb, if you wish!) the giant Adena burial mound the cemetery is named for, but your guide will also tell you the fascinating stories of Marietta’s movers and shakers.
10:45-11:45am The Campus Martius museum preserves the history of America’s migration west, its earliest native inhabitants, and Marietta’s pioneers. Tour the actual home of Rufus Putnam, Revolutionary War hero and founder of Marietta, which is located inside the museum. Campus Martius Museum’s three floors of exhibits are wheelchair accessible, excluding the second floor of the Rufus Putnam House.
12:00pm Lunch at the elegant and historic Lafayette Hotel. Meal consists of grilled chicken, mashed potatoes and salad. Water, tea or coffee included.
1:15-2:15pm The Castle Victorian House Museum: this tour will guide you through the beautiful and Gothic Castle located at 418 Fourth Street. Built in 1855, this stately structure was the home to many of Marietta’s prominent citizens. The downstairs part of the home is wheelchair accessible, but the upstairs is not. There is a video of the upstairs available for those who cannot climb the stairs.
2:30-3:30pm Henderson Hall Plantation: this old mansion is located in Williamstown, WV, just across the river from Marietta. Once a slave plantation, this house has been handed down generation by generation completely intact and filled with the family’s furniture, clothes and prized possessions. The Henderson family were at the height of society and intrigue in West Virginia and their home stands as a testament to their legacy.
3:30-5:30pm Don’t forget to shop local! We have some of the best shopping in southeastern Ohio, and the choices range from antiques, clothing, and specialty chocolates to outdoor gear, books and jewelry. You can also choose to walk across the old railroad bridge to the historic shopping district in Harmar, where there are interesting stores containing antiques, old-fashioned toys, soda ice cream and more!
Rates for this tour are $65 per person, 20 people minimum.
To Book, call 740.538.0520