Discover Marietta: A Blend of History, Culture, and Academic Excellence
Marietta, Ohio, renowned for its picturesque landscapes and rich historical tapestry, is not only a hub for academic pursuit at Marietta College but also a vibrant community brimming with opportunities and charm.
The Historic Splendor of Marietta
Marietta’s story is one of pioneering spirit and historical significance. As the first permanent settlement in the Northwest Territory, founded in 1788, it boasts a rich heritage. The city, nestled at the confluence of the Ohio and Muskingum rivers, offers a unique blend of past and present. It’s home to the largest concentration of Revolutionary War officers’ burial sites in the nation and played a pivotal role in the Underground Railroad.
“No colony in America was ever settled under such favorable auspices as that which has just commenced on the banks of the Muskingum. Information, property, and strength will be its characteristics. I know many of the settlers personally, and there never were men better calculated to promote the welfare of such a community.” - surveyor George Washington, a year before he was elected President of the United States.
Ancient history: Marietta is home to prehistoric Marietta Earthworks, which is comprised of Hopewellian Native American ceremonial mounds Conus, Capitolium, Sacra Via, and Quadranaou
Cultural and Recreational Tapestry
Marietta’s dynamic culture is showcased through various festivals and events, including the Ohio River Sternwheel Festival. With attractions like The Castle on Fourth Street and the Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption, the city is a treasure trove of architectural and historical landmarks. Outdoor enthusiasts can explore the Muskingum River on the Valley Gem sternwheeler or enjoy the city’s extensive biking and hiking trails.
Local must-have eats: Busy Bee’s breakfast, Harmar Tavern’s bologna sandwich, Thursday Sushi night at Austyn’s, Putnam’s Pick at McKenna’s Market, Smitty’s ice cream cookies, Over the Moon Pizza, pork nachos from Boathouse BBQ, drinks at The Marietta Brewing Co., Sweet Stop’s gourmet cupcakes, Stoked Mocha from Stoked Coffee
Places to see: The Castle on Fourth Street, the view from Lookout Park, fall foliage tour of the city/county, the Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption
Things to do: Take a tour of the Muskingum River with a ride on the Valley Gem sternwheeler; take a tour of the historic city on the Marietta Trolley; walk across the Harmar Train Bridge; walk, bike, or run on the 3-mile bike path; go mountain biking on one of the city’s three trails; visit one of the many museums in town, shop the River City Farmers Market on Saturday morning
Annual entertainment: Ohio River Sternwheel Festival, Rivers Trails and Ales Festival, Marietta Sweet Corn Festival, River City Blues Competition
Marietta College: A Cornerstone of the Community
Marietta College is a vital part of the city’s landscape, offering top-tier educational opportunities and a host of facilities and events for community engagement. The Dyson Baudo Recreation Center and the Anderson Hancock Planetarium are just some examples of where the college extends its resources for public enjoyment. The Legacy Library serves as a beacon of knowledge, not only for students but also for the community.
A Hub of Arts and Education
The college’s commitment to arts and education is evident through its Fine Arts Events, open to the public. These events include student and faculty productions, concerts, and exhibitions, enriching the cultural fabric of Marietta. Moreover, Marietta College regularly hosts public speakers, enhancing the intellectual life of both the campus and the community.
The Mid-Ohio Valley: A Region of Diverse Experiences
The broader Mid-Ohio Valley region, encompassing Marietta, offers an array of activities and experiences. From the Grand Central Mall to North Bend State Park, the area is a mosaic of shopping, nature, and entertainment, all within a short drive from Marietta College.
Embracing the Pioneer Spirit
Marietta, affectionately known as the Pioneer City, reflects the pioneering spirit of its college and residents. It’s a city where history, education, and community intertwine to create a unique and inviting atmosphere. Whether you’re a prospective student, a history buff, or a nature lover, Marietta and its college offer a wealth of experiences waiting to be discovered.