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Marietta, Ohio is a picturesque river town located on the confluence of the Ohio and Muskingum Rivers. Established in 1788 and the first permanent settlement of the Northwest Territory, the city was named after Marie Antoinette in honor of France’s role in the Revolutionary War. Brick streets lined with lush hardwood trees and ornate Victorian homes make Marietta one of the most idyllic cities in the Midwest.
With a rich history, two waterways and a vibrant downtown, our city is always bustling with activity. In fact, National Geographic magazine named Marietta “One of the Best Places to Live” and “Best Adventure Town.” Our historic district offers many distinctive stores, boutiques, antique shops and galleries, as well as independent restaurants and cozy cafes.
Just across the Muskingum River from downtown Marietta is Harmar Village, home to historic museums, antique shops, and quirky boutiques. Harmar Village also offers several eateries and even a shop housed in a vintage train car. Harmar and Marietta are linked by a charming turn style railroad bridge, the only one of its kind still operating in the country today. Now a pedestrian bridge, it offers a memorable scenic stroll between these two river towns.
Learn about our local municipality by visiting the City of Marietta's website: City of Marietta
Learn about our local county by visiting the Washington County website: Washington County, OH
QUICK HISTORY ABOUT MARIETTA, OHIO
- First permanent organized settlement in the Northwest Territory
- Washington County was the first county created on July 26, 1788
- Ohio's oldest Masonic lodge, American Union #1 in Marietta
- Catherine Fay Ewing started the first Children’s Home in the State of Ohio in Lawrence Twp., just outside Marietta
- The first day school and the first Sunday School in the NW Territory were organized and held at Campus Martius
- Arthur St. Clair became the NW Territory’s first governor and he had arrived in Marietta on July 9, 1788
- First woman settler Mary Gardner Owen lived in Marietta and notably helped people through small pox across 100 acres of land
QUICK FACTS ABOUT MARIETTA, OHIO
- Marietta is located off I-77 at Mile Marker 1 – Make your next stop Exit 1!
- Marietta is located on the confluence of the Ohio and Muskingum Rivers
- More commercial river traffic comes thru the Ohio River than the Panama Canal
- Marietta is located within 10 miles of a local airport – Mid Ohio Valley Airport
- Marietta is located within 500 miles of 60% of nations population
“Second Most Livable City in the State of Ohio” – Ohio Magazine - 1994
“One of Ohio’s Best Hometowns” – Ohio Magazine – 2006
“Ohio’s Best Adventure Town” – National Geographic – 2011
‘One of the Top 20 Best Small Towns to Visit” – Smithsonian Magazine 2014
“One of the Most Beautiful Small Towns in America” – Impulcity – 2014
Information provided by the Marietta-Washington County CVB