"A lovely Day Trip to Marietta, Ohio" Marietta by butterflykizzez04

Marietta Travel Guide: 19 reviews and 113 photos

Checking out Marietta, Ohio

We went to Marietta for a specific purpose. The "NINA" was on display there. One of Christopher Columbus' ships. Several went on this day trip and it was alot of fun. It was myself along with my husband, Larry, and our daughter, Noel. Larry's twin brother Gary, and his wife, Faye, and their teenage daughter, Deana, and her boyfriend, Jeremy, also joined us. We had a lovely day..
This picture is of our daughter Noel in front of the "Becky Thatcher" Riverboat which as been converted into a restaurant and is docked on the Muskingum River near the Ohio River, which it joins.

First Congregational Church of Marietta 1796

The First Congregational Church of Marietta was chartered in 1796
History of the church:
"On December 6, 1796, the Christian people in the various settlements banded themselves together in a Church under a simple but comprehensive confession of faith and covenant." So runs an account in the handwriting of Rufus Putnam, concerning the first organized church in Marietta and how the oldest continuous worshipping fellowship west of the Alleghenies began.

Since the beginning, the unusual exterior architecture of the church has included two "bell cones," as the twin towers were often referred to, patterned after the Hollis St. Congregational Church in Boston that Rufus Putnam attended. The "two horned" church (a name given by rivermen who watched for the lights of its tall twin spires against the sky) was remodeled in 1901-1902, but completely destroyed by fire in 1905. A new building along similar lines but of brick veneer was erected on the same site one year later.


Meigs House built 1802 located: 326 Front Street

Return Jonathan Meigs was one of two Marietta lawyers in the early 1790's. In addition, he was the first prosecuting attorney, one of three Northwest Territory judges, Ohio's first postmaster and fourth governor, Ohio Supreme Court judge, U.S. Senator and U.S. Postmaster General (whew!). Built for him in 1802, the house was later raised several feet and moved back from the sidewalk by E.B. Follett

The fourth governor of Ohio was Return Jonathan Meigs, Jr. He was of English ancestry, being a descendant of Vincent Meigs, who emigrated from Weymouth, England, to Weymouth, Massachusetts, about 1634. His father, Colonel Return Jonathan Meigs, won distinction during the Revolution at the battle of Sag Harbor. The latter was appointed a surveyor for the Ohio Company of Associates and arrived at Marietta in 1788 with the earliest immigrants.

  • Last visit to Marietta: Oct 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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