Date(s) - 4/21/22
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Castle - Marietta, Oh


While the exploits of Rufus Putnam and Dr. Samuel Hildreth are now widely-known because of David McCullough’s book The Pioneers, the stories of Marietta’s earliest multiracial pioneers have been largely forgotten. This Third Thursday Talk will discuss the lives of four groundbreaking African-Americans who settled in Marietta before 1815 and had a profound impact, not only on the town, but throughout Ohio and beyond. You’ll learn the widely varied tales of the multiracial man born in Harmar before the 48 pioneers arrived who became an Underground Railroad leader and first president of the American Sons of Protection in Dayton. Hear details about the young man who helped protect the early settlers during the Indian War, legally voted in Marietta, and successfully sued in its courts, all before Ohio’s statehood. Listen to the exploits of the Revolutionary War combat veteran who received bounty land and a pension in Marietta. And finally, discover the stories of the first ever Methodist missionary in America whose unfortunate and difficult circumstances in Marietta became the foundation for his religious work.
Reservations Required. Space is Limited.
About the speaker: Our Executive Director, Scott Britton was born in Marietta, raised near Vincent, and graduated from Warren High School and Penn State University. Scott has been interested in history since he was in fourth grade and has been studying and researching Washington County, Ohio history since 1991, particularly its founding and extraordinary military history. He became The Castle’s Executive Director in 2011. He is a member of the following organizations: Co-founder, President, & Battlefield Tour Guide, Civil War Round Table of the Mid-Ohio Valley; past President, Washington Co. Historical Society; past Commander, Gen. Fearing Camp SUVCW; Historian, Marietta Chapter SAR; Board Member, Friends of Joseph Barker Junior House; and new Board of Directors member, Marietta-Washington Co. CVB.
This program is donation based and is being offered as both a virtual and in-person option. Reservations are required for both options.