Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Marietta, Ohio

Marietta itself is an extremely picturesque and likable town. VERY friendly. It prides itself on its heritage and prosperous history. The downtown is well maintained with lovely brick streets. There is a live theater, an historic old hotel (the Lafayette), good restaurants, and a lot of cultural and recreational entertainment throughout much of the year. I’d love to see the annual steamboat races. It was at one time a lively steamboat terminal and there are still a few steamboat moored on the Muskigum. We could easily stay another day…we didn’t get to see the Ohio River Museum (closed on Mondays) and missed the drive up the Muskigum to see the still working locks (all done by hand) that make the river (the longest river within the boundaries of Ohio) navigable. Didn’t get back to a cool looking book store (The Barking Dog). And we missed the last tour of the Fenton Art Glass Factory (across the river in Williamstown). Who knew there’d be so much of interest in the land that time forgot!!!

But tomorrow we have to push off to Kentucky. Nashville and the Country Music Festival is our Wednesday destination…Yahooooo!

Oh…there is a great deli on 3rd street: aptly name the Third Street Deli…great sandwiches and salads…eat in or take out.

View of Ohio from Marietta, Ohio

Part of downtown Marietta, Ohio
Early morning.

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