Founded in 1788 by the Ohio Company, Marietta is the oldest city in Ohio and the first organized settlement to be established in the Northwest Territory. But those Revolutionary War veterans were not the first inhabitants. The Hopewell and Adena cultures flourished here as early as 100 BC, leaving 95 acres of earthworks, most of which were wisely protected and preserved by our 18th-century predecessors.
Rich in history, natural resources and beauty, Marietta, Ohio was founded at the confluence of the Muskingum and Ohio Rivers, making it the first settlement in the Northwest Territory to be governed by the Northwest Ordinance enacted on July 13, 1787 by the Congress of the Confederation of the United States.
Early settlers were familiar with the area now known as the Broughton Nature and Wildlife Education Area. In fact, Revolutionary War naval officer, Commodore Abraham Whipple owned a farm in the same area and built a home on it that overlooked the Muskingum River.
Consider reading David McCullough’s excellent book, “The Pioneers,” to learn more about Marietta’s fascinating and inspiring post-Revolutionary War history.
Marietta offers urban amenities with small-town hospitality. From fine cuisine restaurants to lively arts and entertainment scene, from history, education and culture to year-round outdoor recreation, it is easy to understand why people who visit decide to live here. The Peoples Bank Theatre is one of our leading entertainment venues.
Our crime rates are low and our housing is very affordable. Healthcare is available through the Memorial Health System at Marietta Memorial Hospital and Selby General Hospital. Higher education opportunities abound at Marietta College and Washington State Community College.
Marietta is accessible from both Marietta Exits 1 and 6 (Ohio) of Interstate 77. The Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport is just 10 minutes from downtown Marietta.