Group makes Marietta’s founders trek

MARIETTA A group re-enacting the 1788 journey from Ipswich, Mass., to Marietta will arrive in the river city at 10 a.m. Saturday.

To commemorate the 225th anniversary of Marietta’s founding, six participants are retracing the steps of the original members of the Ohio Company in the Westward Home Expedition, the 925-mile journey from Ipswich to Marietta that will be made by bicycle and kayak instead of horseback, wagon, by foot and flatboat as in 1788.

The group started the trip on May 18 in an attempt to match the original route.

The original expedition to Marietta to the Northwest Territory was in January 1788. It was led by Gen. General Rufus Putnam.

The 2013 expedition left Ipswich by bicycle.

Members of the group are Gary Murphy, Roger Murphy, Dan Jones, Bill and Sally Wesel and Peter Prigge. The Wesels’ recreational vehicle will be home for the evenings. Peter Prigge is driving the chase car to provide assistance to the three riders.

Westward HOME is sponsored in part by and a grant from the Marietta Community Foundation.