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Marietta (Ohio)

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Ohio River - Marietta

Marietta [1] is a city in Southeast Ohio. It is located at the confluence of the Muskingum River and Ohio River. Founded in 1788 it is the oldest city in Ohio. From the beginning it was one of Ohio's more important Ohio River ports. It is adjacent to part of the Wayne National Forest.

Understand

Marietta, the county seat of Washington County, is the first organized settlement in the Northwest Territory. A small town that has preserved its smalltown charm by having been left off of the rail lines and having had no connection to a highway until 1967. Since the construction of Route 7 and the new bridge across the river, Marietta has been on a slow path to resurrection. It has grown to extend from the Ohio Riverfront to the intersection of Interstate 77. The historic downtown has went through several renovation phases, the most recent streescape program has been the crowning touch. The town derives it's name from Marie Antoinette, the French Queen, who supported the American Revolution. It is now one of Southeastern Ohio's favorite destinations.

Get in

Marietta to Williamstown, WV, Bridge

Interstate 77 connects Marietta with central Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Or by boat, at the Ohio Riverfront. It is located on the State line with West Virginia. The Ohio River separates the two states. Directly across the river bridge on Ohio Route 6 is Williamstown. Parkersburg, West Virginia is a short distance south with access to I-77.

The nearest airport is the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport, route 31 off route 2 N, 304-464-5113, [2]. On weekdays, US Airways has four daily flights to and from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Get around

Marietta is a small town on the banks of the Ohio River. The historic downtown is easy to walk, except everything is downhill to the river. There is a public boat ramp. Exploring the river with a guide should not be too difficult to find.

See

  • Ohio River Museum, 601 Front Street, Marietta.

Do

  • Ohio River Sternwheel Festival [[3]]Ohio River Levee on the corner of Front and Greene Streets, downtown Marietta OH, always the weekend after Labor Day. Saturday 7:30 p.m./10:00 p.m. "Harry J. Robinson" Fireworks. They anchor barges in the middle of the Ohio River and produce one of Ohio's outstanding fireworks displays, from the barges, reflected in the water, with illumination of the bridges, by fireworks. Quite a display. Excellent event!
  • Marietta Aquatic Center; 233 Pennsylvania Avenue; Phone: +1 (740) 373-2445; [4]; Hours: June 3 - September 4: Daily: Noon - 8 PM; - Marietta Aquatic Center is a large water park. Admission: Adults: $6.00, Youth (Up to 17): $5.00

Buy

  • Fenton Art Glass,[[5]]the largest manufacturer of handmade colored glass in the United States, has a factory store accross the river in Williamstown, WV.. Each piece of glass is an artistic creation by skilled glassworkers and decorators.

Eat

Drink

Sleep

  • Holiday Inn; 701 Pike Street; Phone: +1 740 374-9660; Fax: +1 740 373-1762; Email: mrtoh@ee.net; [6]
  • Best Western Marietta, 279 Muskingum Drive, +1 740 374-7211, Fax: +1 740 374-7211, [7].

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