For one afternoon, we have special permission to visit areas of historic buildings that are normally off-limits so that you can explore a whole new side of Marietta! Travel at your own pace and visit the stops in whatever order you like. Your host at each location will provide details about the structure’s history and reveal what clues it holds to Marietta’s past.
TIP: Since this is a self-guided tour, you may start at any time after 1:00pm after picking up your wristband at Marietta Main Street office. However, it is critical that you allow enough time to see all 5 stops. If you start at 3:30 p.m., for example, you will not be able to visit all the stops before 4:00 p.m.
We recommend you wear old clothes and comfortable shoes and bring your camera!
The stops on the tour will be-
1. First Congregational Church of Marietta – 318 Front Street
Established in 1796, this is the oldest continuous worshiping fellowship in Marietta. The original church burnt down in 1905 and another “two-horned church” built in its place. A showpiece of beauty, some of the most prominent members of Marietta’s history have called this church their own.
2. Masonic Temple – 306 Front Street
The Temple was completed in 1908 and is the headquarters for American Union Lodge No.1 and Harmar Lodge No.390 as well as other Masonic bodies. Hear the stories of prominent Marietta citizens, their contributions to building the town, and see inside their grand, ornate meeting place.
3. Above Two Peas in A Pod Florist – 254 Front Street
This building represents the long, winding road of racial division in Marietta. At the turn of the century, this building was once the headquarters for the Prince Hall Menelik Lodge #74, an African-American Masonic Fellowship. Later, the building held the headquarters for the second wave of KKK activists in the 1920s. Join us to understand the difficult story of Marietta’s past as we learn that not all history is simple or good. We are proud to note that Prince Hall Menelik Lodge #74 continues to thrive in our area and meets in the Masonic Temple open during this event.
4. The Anchorage – 424 George Street, Harmar
Built in 1857, this Italianate beauty is undergoing extensive renovation to one day hold the archives of the Washington County Historical Society. Wander the faded grandeur of this old mansion, learn the story of Eliza Putnam and learn how you can be part of saving a piece of Marietta’s past.
5. St. Clair Building – 216 putnam street
Learn the story of how oil and gas built Marietta into the town you see today, and view the first floor and basement of the St. Clair Building. Built in 1900, this building once held a bank, the post office, multiple offices for oil men and so much more. The upper floors of the building have been renovated into loft apartments, but the lower floors still have a taste of the old business past.
Proceeds benefit Marietta Main Street
2017 buildings to be announced…