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Marietta in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Marietta

 
 
Marietta Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 12, 2019
1. Marietta Marker
Inscription.  In 1812, two towns, New Haven and Waterford, were incorporated to form Marietta Borough. It is located at a scenic 90° bend in the Susquehanna River and was formerly known as Anderson's Ferry. French traders had arrived in this area in the late 1600s, followed by Scots—Irish settlers in 1719. The main streets of the two towns that were merged did not meet, resulting in the S—Bend at the center of Marietta.

Commerce developed with the completion of the Pennsylvania Canal (1833) and the railroad between Harrisburg and Columbia (1850). Local entrepreneurs developed thriving iron and lumber businesses. Immigrant workers and river men gave the town a reputation for rowdiness that was in contrast to its academic and religious aspects. Fine Federal and Victorian residences were built as well as homes for artisans and laborers. Annexation of areas east and west of the town increased the borough's boundary in the 1970s.

Marietta citizens have served in the Armed Forces in every conflict since the War of 1812. Depressions periodically devastated local commercial and industrial enterprises. Recurrent floods and ice jams sometimes
Marker detail: Duffy Mansion, West Market Street<br>Marietta, Pennsylvania • 1912 image. Click for full size.
Courtesy Margaret Landis
2. Marker detail: Duffy Mansion, West Market Street
Marietta, Pennsylvania • 1912
wreaked havoc on the town, especially in 1936 and 1972. Marietta survived and rebuilt. Marietta's original National Historic District was designated in 1978, and with the 1984 boundary increase, 45% of the borough is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Rivertownes PA USA interpretive panels are made possible through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

 
Erected by Rivertownes PA USA.
 
Location. 40° 3.468′ N, 76° 33.163′ W. Marker is in Marietta, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County. Marker is at the intersection of North Waterford Avenue and North New Haven Street, on the right when traveling south on North Waterford Avenue. Marker is located beside the sidewalk, in front of the old Marietta Town Hall, near the southeast entrance to the building. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Marietta PA 17547, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Women in Marietta (here, next to this marker); Those Who Served From Marietta in World War II (within shouting distance of this marker); War Memorial Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); A Buried Story (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Pennsylvania Canal (approx. 0.9 miles away); Skip Hoist/Oil Shed
Marker detail: High Water on Front Street<br>Marietta, Pennsylvania • 1889 image. Click for full size.
Courtesy Margaret Landis
3. Marker detail: High Water on Front Street
Marietta, Pennsylvania • 1889
(approx. 0.9 miles away); Stone Base of the Chimney (approx. 0.9 miles away); Hot-Blast Stove Bases (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marietta.
 
Also see . . .  Marietta, Pennsylvania. Marietta contains an architectural gallery of historic homes including Victorian, Colonial American, Gothic Cottages, and Log cabins. Four of these historic buildings have been restored; the old Town Hall: that houses a museum, the old Bank: that houses a business, the Union Meeting House and the Community House that both host weddings and other events. (Submitted on June 13, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Marker detail: West Market Street, Marietta, Pennsylvania image. Click for full size.
Courtesy Margaret Landis
4. Marker detail: West Market Street, Marietta, Pennsylvania
Marker detail: Shank’s Tavern, since 1814,<br>Front & Water Streets, Marietta, Pennsylvania image. Click for full size.
Courtesy Margaret Landis
5. Marker detail: Shank’s Tavern, since 1814,
Front & Water Streets, Marietta, Pennsylvania
Marietta Marker (<i>wide view • Old Marietta Town Hall Museum in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 12, 2019
6. Marietta Marker (wide view • Old Marietta Town Hall Museum in background)
Old Marietta Town Hall, built 1847<br>(<i>marker visible by sidewalk • bottom, left</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 12, 2019
7. Old Marietta Town Hall, built 1847
(marker visible by sidewalk • bottom, left)
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 13, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 13, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 89 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on June 13, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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