Another wonderful day on the hop on/off bus on the American Queen Steamboat. Today’s port was Marietta, Ohio, a college town. Marietta is a former oil boomtown of 14,000 people. It was found in 178 as the first settlement of the US in what was known at the time as the NW Territory, before Lewis and Clark discovered the full extent of the Louisiana Purchase. The name comes from France’s Marie Antoinette for France’s assistance during the Revolutionary War. I was very surprised to learn that the Marietta Mound Cemetery has the greatest number of Revolutionary War officers interred in any one place. Oil was discovered in 1860 and many became rich as a result. Visited the Castle, an Old Gothic Revival Building from 1830-1920. There were great period pieces, architecture and a really close look at how it was like to live during those times. Then I went to the Campus Martis Museum. It had a lot of Revolutionary War and Civil War relics. Ate Chili and fried Pickles (yum) at the Town House Restaurant downtown.
After all of that walking in the heat it was great to come back to the boat and head straight to the Front Porch Café – 24/7 drinks, snacks, hot dogs, popcorn, ice cream. Tonight was the Captain’s dinner complete with Oysters Rockefeller and lobster tail stuffed with crabmeat. The entertainment was a lovely medley of river tunes from the entertainers. My idea to our wonderful Sales Manager Rick: Everyone should be able to dress up in the period dress of the 1890s. It would be so much fun to wear a corset and hoop skirt – just for one night! We came up with the idea of having local high school bands greeting us as we entered or left the port and the steamship company would pay the HS for the privilege — now that is a win -win!
If I had more time I would visit: the Farmer’s Castle Museum, Henry Fearing House Museum, Henderson Hall Plantation, the Toy and Doll Museum, Marietta’s Cola Museum and Fountain Shop, Historic Harmar Village, Whipples Whimsical Toys, and enjoy the Ohio River Sternwheel Festival plus enjoy kayaking, canoeing, hiking, going across the covered bridges, the nature trails and wildlife refuges, and bicycling in the area.
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