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The Castle schedules 2020 events

The Castle, at 418 Fourth St. in Marietta, in 2020 will present lectures, tours and historical presentations. (File Photo)

MARIETTA — Special activities and events are planned for 2020 at The Castle in Marietta, including lectures, tours and historical presentations.

The Castle provides educational programs and tours of the restored home at 418 Fourth St., along with special musical concerts and hands-on activities for children and adults throughout the year.

The Castle is an 1855 Gothic Revival house which was the home of an Ohio state senator among many others over the years. It has housed some of the Marietta area’s most prominent and influential citizens, including potter Nathaniel Clark and attorney Melvin C. Clarke, who helped add onto the home. The Castle was deeded to the Betsey Mills Corp. in 1992. It opened to the public in 1994.

The Castle is closed during the winter, except for special events and reserved group tours. It will open to the public in April and will be open five days each week through June 1, when it opens for all seven days of the week until the fall.

More information is available online at mariettacastle.org or by calling 740-373-4180.

The special activities will kick off in February with “History on Trial: Assault at the Capitolium Mound” on Feb. 17 at the Washington County Courthouse.

There will be a student session from 10:30 a.m.-noon at a cost of $5 for students under 18 and $10 for 18 and over. The program for the general public will be 1-3 p.m. with tickets for $15 for Castle members and $18 for non-members.

In June 1864, amid the backdrop of the Civil War, an incident occurred on Fifth Street involving local school boys bullying one of their classmates. On several previous occasions these boys had thrown rocks at a barn near the Capitolium Mound that was the temporary home of their schoolmate. Due to the father’s absence in the army and the family’s destitute condition, the Steed family had nowhere else to turn.

After yet another rock throwing incident, a boy named William Dutton was hit by an object and lay injured in the street. Did one of the Steed family retaliate against one of the “gang” or was William an innocent bystander injured by the group? The program will feature a legal proceeding as tried by modern day lawyers with ticket holders acting as the jury.

The Castle will continue its monthly Third Thursday Talk at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 with “Brick by Brick: The Marietta College Campus” presented by Madison McCormick. A Marietta College history major, McCormick will discuss the history of the buildings on the MC campus, past and present. The cost is $4 for members, $5 for non-members and free to docents.

A Victorian Tea will be noon-2 p.m. Feb. 29 at The castle. The cost is $20 per person. Visitors will step into the Victorian era with an elegant tea featuring sweet and savory historical recipes, along with a chance to chat about aspects of Victorian lifestyle.

The 2020 schedule of activities will also include:

* March 30, 6 p.m. — Food History Meals from The Pioneers, cost and location to be announced.

* April 16, 7 p.m. — Third Thursday Talk “Her Life in Letters: Angilique Martin” by Linda Lockhart, cost is $4 for members, $5 for non-members and free to docents

* April 18, 10 a.m.-noon — Princess Ivy’s Adventure. Prince and Princess attire is encouraged. The cost is $18 per participant. (Recommended Ages 5-10.)

* April 18, 1-2 p.m. — Pop-Up Workshop: Headstone Cleaning and Restoration 101 with cost to be announced. It will take place at Mound Cemetery.

* May 2, Herb Day Luncheon with featured Herb of the Year: Rubus; first seating at 11:30 a.m., presentation at 12:20 p.m., and second seating at 1 p.m. The cost is $20 per person.

* May 16, 10 a.m. — Cemetery Tours: The Sickly Seasons 1822-1823. The cost is $10 and the tour begins at Mound Cemetery

* May 23-24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. — Historic Marietta Tour of Homes. The cost is $20 per person per day and $35 for both days

* May 30-31, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. — Historic Marietta Tour of Homes. The cost is $20 per person per day and $35 for both days

* June 6, 10 a.m. — Valley & Eastlawn Cemeteries Coming Alive. The cost is $10.

* June 11, 7-9 p.m. — The Castle’s Annual Garden Party Fundraiser. The cost is $35 per person.

* June 18, 7 p.m. — Third Thursday Talk “Freeform History Chat.” The cost is $4 for members, $5 for non-members and free to docents

* June 27, 10 a.m. — Cemetery Tours: Mound Cemetery Patriots Tour. The cost is $10 and the tour begins at Mound Cemetery

* July 6-10, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. — History Camp: Divided & United: 1860-1870s. The cost is $30 per and $125 for the week

* July 13-17, 9-11 a.m. — Archeology Camp. The cost is $50 per person.

* July 25, 10 a.m. — Cemetery Tours: Marietta Pioneers. The cost is $10 and the tour begins at Mound Cemetery

* July 27-30, 6-8 p.m. — Archaeology Field School. The cost is $50 per person.

* Aug. 15, 10 a.m. — Cemetery Tours: The Pioneers and Patriots of Constitution. The cost is $10 and the tour begins at Gravel Bank Cemetery

* Aug. 20, 7 p.m. — Third Thursday Talk “Fighting for Freedom: The Story of the USCT” by Anthony Gibbs. The cost is $4 for members, $5 for non-members and free to docents

* Sept. 5, 10 a.m. — Cemetery Tours: Marietta Pioneers. The cost is $10 and the tour begins at Mound Cemetery

* Sept. 21, 6 p.m. — Food History — Kleindeutschland Marietta, cost and location to be announced.

* Oct. 15, 7 p.m. — Third Thursday Talk “The Digital Marietta Project” by Dr. Matthew Young. The cost is $4 for members, $5 for non-members and free to docents

* Oct. 23, 24 and 30, 7 p.m. — Ghost Tours. The cost is $12 per person

* Nov. 14, 10 a.m.-noon — Gingerbread House Workshop, with materials and instruction booklets provided. The cost is $20 per kit with a $5 helper fee

* Dec. 5 and 12, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. — Christmas Tea and Tour. The cost is $25 per person.

* Dec. 21, 4-5:30 p.m. — Solstice Watch, Sacra Via Park

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