A Brief History of The Lafayette Hotel, Marietta OH

MSN recently rated the “most haunted” hotel in every state. So, what spooky spot did they pick for Ohio? The beautifully appointed Lafayette Hotel in Marietta, OH.

Those who believe the hotel to be haunted often say it is the old owner and that he likes to play tricks on guests by moving around items in their rooms, overturning their suit cases and emptying shampoo bottles.

Yet the real history of the hotel is far more fascinating. Marietta was established as the first permanent settlement in 1788. The hotel was named for the Marquis de Lafayette who was the French hero of the American Revolution who visited Marietta in 1825. Today locals still like to boast that Lafayette was the first tourist to visit Marietta. A plaque near the hotel marks where he came ashore.

Before the Lafayette Hotel was built stood the Bellevue Hotel, built in 1892. It had fifty-five steam heated rooms and was four stories tall. It also included a bar and call bell system in all rooms. Their marketing promised hot and cold baths and the rate was only about two dollars a night. The Bellevue was taken by fire in 1916, Lafayette guests can view pictures of the fire in Gunroom Restaurant.

A Marietta man rebuilt the hotel in 1918 and named it the Lafayette. Today the rooms still have many artifacts from the hotel’s past bringing together this wonderful story from Ohio history.

Ohio River Sternwheel Festival

Warm recollections are made in Marietta, home of the Ohio River Sternwheel Festival. One by one, from up waterway and down, the sternwheelers arrive. They go to The Riverboat Town to have some great ol’ molded fun at the occasion of the year – the Ohio River Sternwheel Festival. The celebration happens every year – dependably the end of the week after Labor Day. The yearly occasion is a Marietta “must-see” as tens of paddle water crafts line the bank of the Levee for this diversion filled end of the week.

The Ohio River Sternwheel Festival was the brainchild of Harry Robinson and Captains Gene Fitch and Bob Limle. The main Ohio River Sternwheel Festival occurred the end of the week after Labor Day 1976. This celebration was held to urge tourism to the Marietta zone and additionally save the riverboat legacy for which our region is outstanding.

Throughout the years, this celebration has developed massively, drawing in an expected 100,000 individuals to the Marietta region amid the end of the week. Notwithstanding the 30-35 authentic sternwheel boats that line the stream bank, we offer an entire few days of free, quality, family oriented entertainment and the best firecrackers anyplace. A portion of the other events that occur amid the end of the week include: Children’s Activities; Coronation of Queen Genevieve, with grants awarded; Little Miss and Little Mr. Sternwheel Pageant; Sunday Sunrise Service; Rollin’ Oldies Car Show, and a Photo Contest.

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Marietta, OH Sweet Corn Festival July 13 & 14

The Marietta Sweet Corn Festival is a symbol of the regions agricultural history. It promotes local agriculture along with higher education. Profits from the festival back a scholarship program that rewards to Washington County High School seniors who pursue degrees in agriculture related areas and other degrees.

At the festival of course you can enjoy hot buttered Ohio sweet corn—along with that, there are events for all ages, foods prepared by local restaurants (besides sweet corn!) and all kinds of contests. One favorite, unsurprisingly is the corn hole tournament. There are also farm animals on display, historical exhibits, hayrides, and country music entertainers. It all takes place in beautiful, historic downtown Marietta.

The festival is dedicated to the growth and success of Marietta and the surrounding area. The festival is intended to bring people together and celebrate the agricultural history of Marietta and its people. Both the festival itself and the scholarship program it supports are intended to demonstrate the community spirit of Marietta and the Sweet Corn Festival.

The festival runs from Friday, July 13th to Saturday, July 14th.