Walking tours available in Marietta

MARIETTA – A variety of walking tours are now being offered in Marietta, providing glimpses of the city’s ghostly history, crime and vice over the years, the city’s earthworks and information about Marietta’s German immigrants.

The tours are offered through the Hidden Marietta Tour Company and Paskawych Entertainment.

More information is available at www.hiddenmarietta.com or by calling 740-590-1987.

* Running from June through October, the Ghost Trek with Hidden Marietta Tour Company has been offered for several years and draws walkers to tales about the Marietta’s tales murder, hauntings and paranormal encounters

The Ghost Trek departs from the fountain at the corner of Front and Greene Streets, across from the Lafayette Hotel, every Friday and Saturday at 8 pm. Reservations are not needed.

The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 11 and under. Organizers said parental discretion advised since some subject matter is not appropriate for young children.

The tour lasts about two hours and the total distance covered is a little over one mile. Although the entire course of Ghost Trek is over paved or brick streets, comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended and flashlights are suggested.

* Also running from June through October is the Urban History Hike, which features a 90-minute walking to explore how fires and floods have changed the face of Marietta over time. It will include a chance to compare rare old photos of Front Street to the way it looks today.

The tour meets at 10:30 a.m. every Saturday at the fountain in front of the Lafayette Hotel. The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under.

* Another walking tour is Marietta Vice, which explores the seedy side of Marietta’s past. Tickets are $10.

Organizers said the city of Marietta was once home to bootleggers, prostitutes and thieves. Knife attacks, armed robberies, drunken brawls and occurred with on a regular basis.

The Marietta Vice Tour focuses on downtown Marietta and Harmar Village. The tours begin at 1 p.m. on June 25, July 23 and Aug. 27 at the fountain across from the Lafayette Hotel and last about 90 minutes. The program is recommended for ages 14 and up and reservations are not required.

* The Ancient Earthworks Tour is a monthly program which began Saturday and will be offered again on July 9 and Aug. 13.

The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12 years. The tour duration runs between 90 minutes and two hours, while the distance covered is just over 1.5 miles.

The tour will visit flat-topped pyramids, walk down a sacred road more than 20 centuries old and stand atop the Quadranou Mound where ancient astronomer-priests studied the movement of the sun, moon and stars. It will also explore Mound Cemetery, the final resting place of Revolutionary War Patriots.

Over 2,000 years old, the earthworks in this area are an important key to Marietta’s past, organizes said. The tour begins at Mound Cemetery’s Fifth Street gate at Fifth and Scammel streets at 1 p.m. on the tour dates.

Although much of the Ancient Earthworks tour is over sidewalks, participants will walk through the grass and over some uneven terrain during the visit to the Quadranou Mound so comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended, organizers said.

* The Hidden History of the Germans in Marietta is another monthly tour which begins this month, with tours at 4 p.m. June 18, July 16 and Aug. 20.

The tour meets at the fountain at the corner of Front and Greene streets, across from the Lafayette Hotel. The cost is $15 per person and for this tour, reservations are required by calling 740-590-1987.

Local historian and author Jann Kuehn Adams will lead visitors on a walking tour of downtown Marietta to explore the city’s German culture. The tour will information about which buildings housed German businesses, some of which are still active.

After the tour, walkers are invited to participate in a “Dine & Discussion” at Marietta Brewing Company, featuring a meal, discussion and the chance to view old pictures of German businesses and families in early Marietta. Food and drink must be purchased separately.