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Hidden Marietta to kick off new tours

MARIETTA — Hidden Marietta will kick off several tours this weekend focusing on Marietta’s haunted past and history.

The Anchorage Mansion Haunted History Tour will be 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday at The Anchorage, 424 George St. in Marietta.

The tour will explore the story of the Putnam Family and visitors will wander the dark hallways. First enjoy a history and ghost tour of the building that will last 60 minutes, and end with an optional 30 minute paranormal investigation in some of the most haunted areas.

Built in 1859, the Italianate mansion was the ambitious dream of Eliza Putnam, and she poured her heart and soul into its design. Unfortunately, she died three years after it was built, but legend has it that she has never left.

Many families moved in and out over the years, each once adding something special to this mansion once known as “Putnam’s Folly.” From the 1960s to the 1980s it operated as a senior care facility and was the last home many of its residents knew. Today, the 23-room mansion is under renovation by the Washington County Historical Society.

Tours are provided by Hidden Marietta, with a portion of every ticket going to preservation of this monumental and historic building. The cost for 60 minute tours is $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Add a 30-minute paranormal investigation for $5 per person.

Tours will be 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 21.

This Friday will also see the start of Flashlight Tours at The Anchorage from 10-11 p.m. The program will be held each Friday through Oct. 25.

Participants will enjoy a spooky history and ghost tour of the haunted Anchorage Mansion, all the while wandering through the shadowed hallways with only courage and a flashlight. The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children age 12 and under.

The next Historic Harmar Village Ghost Trek will be 8 p.m. Friday at Harmar Village, 145 Summers Road, Marietta. The series began in July and runs through October.

The ghost trek looks at the rough and tumble life of Harmar Village, the deaths that left an imprint on their families and this historic town and the ghost stories that were kept hush for so many years.

A Special Guest Ghost Hunt will be 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at the Anchorage. The ghost hunt will have a special guest, Steve Hummel of Moundsville, W.Va. The cost is $50 per person for ages 18 and up..

Hummel is the owner of the Archive of the Afterlife Museum and Paranormal Investigator with Paranormal Quest. He will bring some of his favorite haunted artifacts for a presentation and ghost hunt. The check-in and waiver signing will be 7 p.m., the presentation by Hummel at 7:15 p.m. and the building tour at 8 p.m., followed from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. by a free-roam of the building.

More information is available at hiddenmarietta.com.

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Wayne Towner can be reached at wtowner@newsandsentinel.com

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