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Marietta, Ohio: The first permanent settlement of the new United States, 1788

Imagine you are a pioneer in the early 1800’s looking for someplace to settle. You’re on a riverboat slowly floating down the Ohio River; the paddle wheel spinning lazily as it churns the waters, pulling the vessel down the tree lined valley. The boat stops at a landing nestled in the Ohio Valley, surrounded by the low foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.

As you walk off the gangplank and go ashore, you find yourself in a quaint little village bustling with merchants and traders. You have just arrived in the tiny village of Marietta, the first permanent settlement of the new United States in the Territory Northwest of the River Ohio, established in 1788.

Now, if you fast forward to present day, you can actually still see the village as it once was. Authentic brick streets, the trolley rail still running down the middle; large Victorian homes lined up next to each other on shaded lots, with thick lush green lawns and meticulously kept landscaping adorned with an abundance of colorful flowers and green foliage plants. Back on the river there are sternwheelers still moored for visitors to explore. Downtown the large courthouse still remains with the tall clock tower that strikes the time each hour.

Marietta is full of history and charm and it hasn’t really change at all through the years. It still boasts as a quiet little village that its residents love to call home and where many have come to retire. And it just so happens to be considered number six of the top 20 towns to visit by Smithsonian Magazine.

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