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By William Fischer, Jr., May 30, 2009
OWEVA Engine and Marker
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — Oweva Engine
This non-condensing engine with a 12” diameter cylinder and four-foot stroke is one of two first installed on the sternwheel packet CARRIE BROWN (built at Harmar in 1890), which worked the trade between Huntington and Gallipolis. When this . . . — Map (db m20656) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — American Union Lodge No. 1, F. & A. M.
[Main Marker:] One of the six lodges which in 1808 founded the Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio. Erected May 10, 1958. [Second Marker:] Harmar Lodge No. 390 Free & Accepted Masons of Ohio . . . — Map (db m20185) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — Betsey Mills Club
By first connecting and enclosing two early homes in brick in 1927, philanthropist W. W. Mills built the Betsey Mills complex as a memorial to his wife, Betsey. — Map (db m103473) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — Buckley House
. . . — Map (db m20173) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — Campus Martius
. . . — Map (db m20174) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — 21-84 — Catherine Fay Ewing / Frances Dana Gage
Catherine Fay Ewing. Catherine Fay Ewing is credited with starting the Children’s Home System in Ohio. Born on July 12, 1822, in Westboro, Massachusetts,. her family moved to Marietta in 1835. At age sixteen, Catherine studied to be a teacher . . . — Map (db m103673) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — Celoron de Blainville
[Main Top Plaque] The inscription appearing below Is a replica of the one engraved on a lead plaque Buried on this spot on August 15th, 1749 by CELORON De BLAINVILLE And of which a fragment recovered in 1798 Is preserved by . . . — Map (db m20752) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — Children’s Home
Washington County Children’s Home, Ohio’s first, and in 1867 the nation’s first supported by taxes, was founded in 1858 by Catherine Fay Ewing at her farm home in Moss Run, Ohio. — Map (db m103721) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — Christ United Methodist Church
Methodism was brought to Marietta by Wesleyan circuit riders Robert Manley (1799) and Peter Cartwright (1806), and by German Methodist Carl Best (1839). Present building was dedicated 1885. — Map (db m103671) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — First Baptist ChurchThe Church with the Caring Touch
Organized September 5th, 1818, under name of “First Baptist Church of Marietta Township,” the first record on the church book is “On Saturday, the fifth day of September, 1818 A.D., we, Ephraim Emerson, Wm. Churchill, John . . . — Map (db m103479) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — First Congregational Church
First Congregational Church, chartered in 1796, was the N.W. Territory's first organized church. Dedicated 1809 using Rufus Putnam's “Two Horn” plan, the first building burned in 1905. This church built 1906. — Map (db m20649) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — First Congregational Church(Immanuel Baptist - Affiliated)
Sunday School 9:15 a.m., Worship 10:00 a.m. The first church in Marietta, organized Dec. 6, 1796. The present building is patterned after the original church, familiarly known to settlers as the “Two Horned Church.” Visitors are . . . — Map (db m20650) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — Flatboats
Flatboats were designed to carry cargo downstream, floating with the current. With flat bottoms, they were easily built to any size desired. In the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, they were a major method of transportation for settlers . . . — Map (db m20178) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — Flood Heights
The adjacent poles show the heights of all floods at Marietta above 49.5 feet according to current flood gauge readings. — Map (db m20179) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — Fort HarmarRotary International
Built 1785 by U.S. Major John Doughty's federal troops. Named for General Josiah Harmar. Troops twice battled Indians in western Ohio. — Map (db m20726) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — General Arthur St. ClairFirst Governor of the North West Territory
Gen. Arthur St. Clair here inaugurated first governor of the North West Territory July 15, 1788 — Map (db m20670) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — House of Seven Porches
Built in 1835 by Marietta College Professor Diarca H. Allen. Was long known as the Buell, then the Kelso House. — Map (db m103574) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — LafayetteThe Beginning of Tourism in the United States
Lafayette Landed at this point, May 25, 1825 ——— • • • ——— Returning in 1824 to the young Nation he had greatly assisted during the Revolutionary War, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du . . . — Map (db m20736) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — Land Office
Oldest building in Northwest Territory. From 1788 Gen. Rufus Putnam recorded war veteran land grants and sales. Maintained Ohio Company surveys and maps. The Rotary Club of Marietta Marking a Place in History with Service Since . . . — Map (db m20183) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — 14-84 — Lewis and Clark Expedition / Letter to the President
[Marker Front]: The Lewis and Clark Expedition Meriwether Lewis arrived in Marietta on September 13, 1803. His descent of the Ohio River aboard a keelboat began his expedition to explore the West. Included among his crew was 18-year . . . — Map (db m20741) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — Life on the River / Boats on the Ohio
(Left Side Panel): Life on the River “Wheel Coal - Sleep - Eat - Wheel Coal: If there was such a thing as a typical day in the life of a deckhand...that would be it.” - W.V. Torner, recalling life as a deckhand. Towboats . . . — Map (db m20578) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — Lockmaster’s House
Built 1899 to serve adjacent locks which replaced those of 1840’s on Harmar side. Locks and dam removed 1968. Muskingum was first canalized U.S. river — Map (db m103279) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — Marietta’s Historic Corner
Directly across from this spot was Picketed Point, a fortification erected for the protection of the early settlers from hostile Indians. Within the stockade were dwellings, the first store and the first tavern in the Northwest Territory. Marquis de . . . — Map (db m103236) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — Meigs House
Built 1802 for Return Jonathan Meigs, Jr., Ohio's first postmaster, fourth governor, U.S. senator and postmaster general. — Map (db m20586) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — Memorial to the “Start Westward of the United States”
Sculpted for Marietta's Sesquicentennial by Gutzon Borglum —————————— Dedicated July 1938 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a tribute to those farsighted pioneers who journeyed here . . . — Map (db m20674) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — Memorial to the Revolutionary Soldiers Buried in Marietta
Erected by the Marietta Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, as a memorial to the revolutionary soldiers buried in Marietta and to honor the heroic men and women who faced the wilderness with courage and hope to create the Great Northwest. . . . — Map (db m103515) WM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — Merydith House
Built 1868 for Conrad Biszantz. Owned by Merydith family from 1897 to 1963. Later Thomas and Gammon. — Map (db m20602) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — Mighty River / Learning the River
MIGHTY RIVER Although it remains an unpredictable force of nature, the Ohio River was far more volatile a century ago. Thirty-foot floods could wash away everything along the river's edge, only to be followed by dry spells that would lower the . . . — Map (db m21676) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — Mound Square
A work of the Moundbuilders, reserved for the public use by the Founders of Marietta in 1788. Set aside as a cemetery in 1800. First burial was in 1801. “I know many of the Ohio Company personally. Never were men better calculated to . . . — Map (db m103642) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — 13-84 — Muskingum Academy / Marietta College1797 / 1835 — Birth of Higher Education in Ohio
Muskingum Academy, 1797, Birth of Higher Education in Ohio. In April 1797, a committee of Marietta citizens, led by General Rufus Putnam, met to establish an academy suitable for preparatory instruction for their youth. Muskingdum Academy, . . . — Map (db m103363) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — Muskingum Park
President Theodore Roosevelt and W. H. Taft spoke here in 1912. President Franklin Roosevelt dedicated the “Start Westward” sesquicentennial monument in 1938. — Map (db m20603) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — 20-84 — Muskingum River Underground Railroad / Marietta Leaders of the Underground Railroad
Muskingtum River Underground Railroad People living in Marietta and along the Muskingum River shared a history of slavery opposition. Manasseh Cutler, from Massachusetts and an Ohio Land Company agent, helped draft the Ordinance of 1787 that . . . — Map (db m21653) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — Northwest Ordinance Sesquicentennial Columns
Here the new United States of America found, through Northwest territory, the first and common offspring of thirteen discordant and disputatious states, her formula to eminence among all the governments of mankind. To those unfamed citizens who . . . — Map (db m20654) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — 12-84 — Ohio National Guard Armory
With a mission to protect citizens at home and abroad, the Ohio National Guard was originally established as the Northwest Territory Militia in Marietta on July 25, 1788 and has fought in every war since the War of 1812. Built in 1914, this Ohio . . . — Map (db m103267) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — Oldest Pilothouse
The steamboat TELL CITY was built in 1889 and named for Tell City, Ind. She carried passenger and freight on the Ohio River until she sank following an accident at Little Hocking, Ohio on April 6, 1917. The Pilothouse was removed from the wreck . . . — Map (db m20635) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — Pioneer Families of the Ohio Company
Erected by the New Century Historical Society to record the names and commemorate the landing near this spot of the pioneer families of the Ohio Company August nineteenth 1788. Their homes were established in Campus Martius. Benjamin Tupper . . . — Map (db m20637) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — Pioneer Mariettacirca 1792
This land at the confluence of the Ohio and Muskingum rivers was part of a million-and-a-half acre tract made available by the Northwest Territory Ordinance of 1787, and purchased by the Ohio Company of Associates for resale and settlement. Many of . . . — Map (db m20784) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — Pratt-McGirr House
Built circa 1803 by Azariah Pratt using hand-hewn beams and wooden pegs. Marietta's oldest private residence. — Map (db m20636) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — River Town / Sails and Steam / The Highway West
RIVER TOWN "The settlement of the Ohio country, sir, engrosses many of my thoughts... and if I am to form an opinion on what I have seen and heard on the subject, there are thousands in this quarter who will emigrate to that country." - . . . — Map (db m21678) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — S. Durward Hoag(1900–1982)
Transportation and tourism visionary and owner-manager of the Lafayette Hotel, “put Marietta on the map” by convincing the federal government to locate I-77 near historic Marietta. The Rotary Club of Marietta gratefully . . . — Map (db m103185) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — 16-84 — ShipbuildingCommodore Abraham Whipple
One of the first industries in Marietta was shipbuilding. Due to the abundance of trees and the shipbuilding talent of the New England settlers, twenty-nine ocean-going vessels were built in eight shipyards from 1800 to 1812. In 1845 shipbuilding . . . — Map (db m103231) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — Site of the United States Fort HarmarBuilt 1785
Garrisoned by U.S. troops 1785 to 1790 Headquarters 1786 and 1788 of Gen. Josiah Harmar of PA. General-in-Chief U.S.A. — Map (db m20728) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — Southern Boundary Picketed Point
This stone is placed to keep In remembrance the Historic Point where dwelt during four Years of Indian War 1791-1795 Early settlers of Ohio. — Map (db m20731) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — St. Paul’s Church
Marietta’s second oldest, the German Evangelical “Kirche” built 1849. Became St. Paul’s Evangelical Church 1872. English sermons began in 1909. — Map (db m103541) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — Steam Towboat "W. P. Snyder, Jr.""The Vanishing Steam Age"
You are cordially invited to visit one of the last of the Mark Twain Era steam towboats used so successfully on the Mississippi and Ohio River systems during the past century. This boat was presented to the Ohio Historical Society in September 1955 . . . — Map (db m20633) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — 1-84 — The American Union Lodge No. 1 Free and Accepted Masons
The lodge was organized in Roxbury, Massachusetts, on February 10, 1776, by Connecticut soldiers in the Continental Army. It met when and where it could during the Revolutionary War. By tradition, the lodge's name and seal were suggested by Benjamin . . . — Map (db m20669) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — The Forty-Eight Pioneers
To record the names of the forty-eight pioneers who landed near this spot, April 7, 1788. Haffield White • Jethro Putnam • Ezekiel Cooper • Amos Porter • Allen Putnam • Jervis Cutler • Benjamin Shaw • Oliver Dodge • Henry Maxon . . . — Map (db m103259) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — The Holden House / The Shipman House
The Holden House 408 Front Street Built in 1852, this house is located on Ministerial land leased to Edwin Putnam in 1809. The house was built for Joseph Holden, born in Massachusetts, in Dec. of 1767. It was later owned by William . . . — Map (db m20182) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — 11-84 — The Northwest Ordinance, 1787 / The Ohio Company Purchase
Side A: The Northwest Ordinance, 1787 Following the establishment of the public land system in 1785, the Continental Congress appointed a committee, chaired by James Monroe, to establish government in the new territory north and west of . . . — Map (db m20653) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — The Ohio River’s Wild Side
Look carefully and you might see the Ohio River’s wild side! During the warmer months, great blue herons wade the shallows while osprey fly overhead in search of fish. Bald eagles and waterfowl visit in winter, driven by northern cold to find food . . . — Map (db m103241) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — The President’s Home of Marietta College
Built in 1822 by Postmaster Henry P. Wilcox, the property was acquired in 1837 by Colonel John Mills, a founder of the college. It passed to his sons John and William Webster Mills, graduates of the college and, like their father, longtime trustees . . . — Map (db m103465) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — The Public Landing
The roadway down to the river from this point was once the busy route for freight and passengers using the many steamboats that served Marietta. For more than 100 years, boats in a variety of trades on the Ohio and Muskingum rivers made this landing . . . — Map (db m103234) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — 19-84 — The Towboat W. P. Snyder Jr.
Side A: The W.P. SNYDER Jr. is one of the few links between the age of steam-powered, stern-wheeled towboats and the diesel-powered, propeller-driven vessels that push barges on America's rivers today. The James Rees and Sons Company in . . . — Map (db m20632) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — The W. P. Snyder Jr.
The W.P. Snyder Jr. is a steam-powered towboat. It moved barges loaded with coal, iron ore, and steel along the Monongahela and Ohio rivers. When it was launched in 1918, the boat was originally owned by Carnegie Steel and operated as . . . — Map (db m20678) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — Tour of the Snyder
What would the life of one of the men or women who worked on the W.P. Snyder Jr. be like? The Ohio River Museum offers tours that provide an opportunity to explore the decks of this historic vessel. Imagine living on the boat all day. What . . . — Map (db m20680) HM
Ohio (Washington County), Marietta — Washington County Veterans Memorial
Lord God of Hosts be with us yet Lest we forget Lest we forget In honor of the men and women of this community who served in the World Wars W.W. I 1917-1918 • W.W. II 1941-1945 Korea They grow not old, as we . . . — Map (db m20667) WM

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