Introduction to Marietta, Ohio
Marietta, Ohio, in Washington county, is 74 miles N of Charleston, West Virginia (center to center) and 90 miles SE of Columbus, Ohio. The city is included in the Parkersburg - Marietta metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 14,515 people lived in Marietta.
The future U.S. President, George Washington, had surveyed the area, now called Marietta, in 1770. The beauty of the land, and the wealth of natural resources, made it ideal for settlement. By the late 1770s, families and settlers began inhabiting this region. Because of its location near two major rivers, Marietta soon became the home of a variety of industries. The construction of railroads led to further development of the area. The city, according to some sources, was named after the famous queen of France, Marie Antoinette.
Marietta and nearby Attractions
- Ohio River Museum
- Big Bottom
- Dawes Memorial Library
- Marietta Church of Christ
- Washington County Fairgrounds
- Indian Acres Park
Things To Do In Marietta
From Marietta, one can visit Blennerhassett Island Historical Park, Campus Martius Museum, and Ohio River Museum which showcases exhibits on the natural history and the golden age of the steamboat. The Big Bottom is another interesting historical site. This was the site of skirmish between the Delaware and Wyandot Indians in 1791. There are a number of other memorial buildings and museums in the city such as Fayer Weather Hall, Butchs Cola Museum, Childrens Toy and Doll Museum, Ban Johnson Field House, Marietta City Hall, and William Bay Irvine Administration Building. Marietta also has a number of beautiful streams and reservoirs, as well as churches and cemeteries, that one can visit. There are numerous amusement parks in the area offering recreational facilities for adults and children. Visitors can also enjoy shopping at the Frontier Shopping Center, the Washington Shopping Center, and the Lafayette Shopping Center. The Washington County Fairgrounds hosts a number of fairs and other events throughout the year.
Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport is close by.
Marietta Higher Education
There are a number of colleges in the city providing higher educational opportunities. These are Washington State Community College, Marietta College, and Marietta Bible College Inc.