Know Before You Go

Key things to see or do while visiting the site:

Exhibits on the main floor of the museum focus on the early settlement of Marietta and Ohio and contain many of the original pioneer artifacts. The exhibits also explore the prehistoric Indian populations that occupied this area and relations with the historic Indians as the white settlers moved in. Other areas explore such topics as surveying of the land, early government in the old Northwest Territory, and life in early Marietta. A separate area exhibits a variety of material from the Marietta area down through the years, from items of household furnishings, to toys, to tools, to fire prevention equipment.

The focus of the exhibit Paradise Found and Lost: Migration in the Ohio Valley, 1850-1970 goes beyond Ohio's early settlement. It explores two later waves of migration that shaped the state's history: the movement of many rural Ohioans to cities between 1850 and 1910, and the influx of Appalachians from Kentucky and West Virginia into Ohio's industrial centers such as Dayton and Akron between 1910 and 1970.

The exhibit includes 90 objects from OHS collections, ranging from an early mechanized seed drill to a jacket worn during performances by contemporary country music singer Dwight Yoakam, the son of Appalachian emigrants. In addition to artifacts, exhibits contain audio accounts taken from diaries and journals kept by these people on the move, video views of factory and city life, and interactive computer programs showing migration patterns and Ohio's economic development.

A changing exhibit gallery presents temporary exhibits on various topics throughout the year. Please call for the latest scheduled exhibits or look at the Society's calendar.

A classroom allows OHS educators to present workshops as well as providing space for public programs of historical interest.

While You're In the Area

Visit the Ohio River Museum, located one block away on the Muskingum River. While there tour the W. P. Snyder Jr., the last surviving coal powered sternwheeler towboat. The W. P. Snyder Jr. will go to dry dock for necessary renovations starting in fall 2012 and coming back to the Campus Martius dock in the spring of 2013. There will surely be a town-wide celebration upon the return of the Snyder. 

Marietta is a charming river town with plenty of amenities, restaurants, antiques, hotels, including the historic Laffette Hotel at the confluence of the Muskingum and Ohio rivers.