Southeast Ohio Landmark To Offer Summer Tours

By
Graylyn Roose
Taylor Pool

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Updated Mon, May 7, 2012 11:22 am

One Southeast Ohio landmark rich with history will offer summer tours this year.

Guides at The Castle museum in Marietta will offer the tours at the historic Mound Cemetery.

Scott Britton, museum executive director, said the cemetery encompasses the history of Marietta and the entire state of Ohio because of the many historical sites located there.

"The great Adena mounds [date] back over 2,000 years ago. The early settlers, the pioneers of Marietta and the Northwest territory up through the civil war and we still have modern day burials there," Britton said.

Some of the stops on the tour include the burial site of one of Ohio University's first trustees Rufus Putnam, Washington County's first sheriff Ebenezer Sproat and a Victorian house built in 1855 called The Castle.

Britton says past tours in Marietta have had big turnouts and he says he hopes Ohio visitors will take the new tour.

"[Marietta is] where Ohio and the whole Northwest territory was founded and so, uh, it's a shame that most people in Ohio don't know more about Marietta and the origins of the entire state."

Tours start June 2nd and will take place at 10 a.m. every Saturday until August.

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