Located in southeastern Ohio and approximately 111 miles (179 km) long, the MUSKINGUM RIVER is a tributary of the Ohio River. Once an important commercial route , it flows generally southward through the Eastern Hill country of Ohio - past Conesville, Trinway and Dresden to Zanesville, then southeastward past South Zanesville, Philo, Malta, McConnelsville, Beverly, Lowell, Stockport and Devola. It joins the Ohio at Marietta.
The Muskingum waterway is one of the few remaining systems in the U.S. to use hand-operated river locks. At approximately 981 miles (1580 km) long, the OHIO RIVER is the largest tributary of the Mississippi River. The River had great significance in the history of Native Americans, as numerous civilizations formed along its valley. For thousands of years, Native Americans, like the European Explorers and Settlers who followed them, used the river as a major transportation and trading route.
The Ohio flows through or along the border of six states - Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky and Pennsylvania. One of the major tributaries of the river, is the Muskingum in Marietta, Ohio.
Fenton Art Glass Factory Tour
Just over the Ohio River from Marietta, in Williamstown, West Virginia, is Fenton Art Glass. This family owned and operated business, founded in 1905, is the largest manufacturer of handmade colored glass in the United States. They serve a large and enthusiastic following of collectors around the world.
Free factory tours are offered every Monday-Friday during working hours. It has been rated one of the top ten factory tours in America. There is also a free museum and an expansive gift shop which offers both first line products as well as seconds. Karen loved the place, so we bought both birthday and Christmas gifts here.
To find the factory from Marietta take the bridge across the river to West Virginia, turn south down Hwy. #14, and look for signs on the left. It isn't far.
LORIPORI'S IMAGES OF MARIETTA
"THE LAFAYETTE - A GRAND RIVERBOAT ERA HOTEL"
Located at the confluence of the Ohio and Muskingum Rivers, THE LAFAYETTE is the focal point of the downtown Marietta district. The Hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Hotel offers 77 unique Victorian style Rooms
Though we did not stay here, I could not resist going inside to see for myself, the grandeur of this Hotel. It was amazing, esp the Lounge. There were lots of Antiques and old photographs of bygone days at the Lafayette.
This plaque at the riverfront across the street from the Lafayette, reads:
"Lafayette landed at this point. May 25, 1825