Walking tours offered in Marietta

File Photo The Hidden Marietta Tour Company offers a pair of different ghost treks from June through October 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.

Tour company owner Jessica Wielitzka said the two ghost tours are the only ones scheduled weekly through the summer this year. The various history tours are available, but only upon request with groups of four or more participating.

“However, we can run them any time,” Wielitzka said of the history tours, which include Ancient Earthworks, Fires & Floods, German Heritage and Marietta’s Mansions.

To book a private tour for a group of 4 or more people, call 740-590-1987 to schedule.

File Photo A variety of history tours focusing on different aspects of Marietta’s past are available through the Hidden Marietta Tour Company.

Private tours are $20 per person and can be scheduled for any day/time.

The tour company has also added some new things this year, she said. Hidden Marietta has opened a gift shop in the “haunted” basement of the Lafayette Hotel at 101 Front St., Wielitzka said. There is also a photography studio and period clothing for those who wish to have Victorian-style photographs taken, she said.

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 Thursday and Sunday through October at 8 pm. Reservations are not needed, Wielitzka said.

File Photo The Washington County Library sits atop the Capitoleum Mound in Marietta, which is featured on the Ancient Earthworks tour offered by Hidden Marietta Tour Company.

The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under. Wielitzka said parental discretion is 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.

This year, Hidden Marietta has added a new ghost walk, she said. The new Putnam Street Ghost Trek starts at the Washington County Courthouse at Second and Putnam streets and will focus on the historic buildings along Putnam Street. This tour starts at 8 p.m. every Friday and Saturday from May through October. No reservations are necessary.

The history tours available by appointment include:

* Fires & Floods which features a search with local history guides for evidence of fires, floods and public improvement projects gone horribly wrong. The tour duration is approximately 90 minutes and subject matter is child-friendly. The total distance covered is a little over one mile.

* Ancient Earthworks involves an exploration of Marietta’s Indian mounds, including visits to the Quadranou Mound, the Capitoleum Mound at the Washington County Public Library and Mound Cemetery on Fifth Street. Over 2,000 years old, the earthworks in this area are an important key to Marietta’s past.

Ancient Earthworks departs from Mound Cemetery’s Fifth Street gate with the tour lasting 90 minutes to two hours and covering just over two miles.

* The German Heritage tour is another history tour offered by appointment by Hidden Marietta. Local historian and author Jann Kuehn Adams will lead a walking tour of downtown Marietta exploring the German culture of the city, including which buildings housed German businesses, some of which are still active.

* The Marietta’s Mansions tour will provide a glimpse of how the upper class lived in Marietta’s historic residential district. The one-mile tour, which runs from 90 minutes to two hours, will include a tour inside The Castle, the historic home at 418 Fourth St., Marietta.