WASHINGTON COUNTY COURTHOUSE
Located at 205 Putnam Street (corner of Second and Putnam) is WASHINTON COUNTY COURTHOUSE. The ornate clock and bell tower rises to 158 feet. The McShane Bell, weighing about 3000 pounds, was hung in the tower in 1903. The column-lined balconies that face both Putnam and Second streets were typical of public buildings built in the early 1900's.
The courthouse contains several memorials to local servicemen and women, including photographs of county veterans who lost their lives in World War I, Korea and Vietnam. A Word War II mural on the second floor memorializes the sacrifices of local veterans in that war. Also on the second floor is the County Recorder's Office containing land records dating to the founding of Marietta.
LEVEE HOUSE CAFE'
As we did not eat at the LEVEE HOUSE CAFE' I have put this tip in General. Located at 127 Ohio Street, Marietta, the restaurant is housed in the oldest building on the Riverfront. It has a patio area with casual seating, that faces the Ohio River.
A lovely Day Trip to Marietta, Ohio
"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.
LORIPORI'S IMAGES OF MARIETTA
"HARMAR RAILROAD BRIDGE"
Historic HARMAR RAILROAD BRIDGE traverses the Muskingum River to Harmar/West Side Marietta. The Bridge was built in 1873 and was used until 1969. It now serves as a Pedestrian Walkway, connecting the Historical Harmar District with Downtown Marietta.
Couple we met walking on the bridge - Rick and Jane from Cleveland Ohio.